Dental Implants (& All on-4)

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We plan, place, and restore implants … all implant services under one roof!

Dental implants are widely considered the “gold standard” in replacing teeth that cannot be preserved with nonsurgical root canal treatment or other methods. 

Fortunately for individuals in greater St. George and southwestern Utah, Canyon Crossing Dental has the onsite capabilities to precisely, safely, comfortably, and successfully complete every step in the implant process. Other dental offices, near and far, may only have the training and equipment to restore the implant after another dentist or dental specialist has expertly placed it. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.

Our dentist, Dr. Susan Baker, has, in her more than 30-year career, developed and refined many advanced skills. Her vast and considerable skill set includes the strategic surgical placement of dental implants. Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures have a long track record of success. However, early-stage implant failures can arise due to how these “artificial tooth roots” are positioned in the jaw. In turn, the implant may not heal properly. It may not integrate into the surrounding jawbone. This consideration underscores the importance of choosing a talented and experienced dentist to place your implants. 

Late-implant failures may arise due to inconsistent oral care or hygiene that falls short. Here, too, by partnering with a dentist with a wide depth and breadth of expertise, you can avoid damage to implant-supported teeth. We are true partners in our patient’s health; regular follow-ups and continual monitoring of the condition of the teeth, gums, and mouth support the proactive resolution of problems that could ultimately threaten the structural integrity of these replacement teeth. Canyon Crossing Dental further provides ongoing recommendations for oral care products and hygiene techniques to keep the tissues around the implant healthy. That way, the implant continues to provide a strong foundation for the replacement tooth over the long term. 

Options for every smile

One implant may support or “root” a single new tooth (or dental crown). A few strategically-placed implants can hold several prosthetic teeth in place (as part of a bridge). Lastly, as few as eight implants may be applied for “full-mouth tooth replacement.” Dr. Baker is trained and knowledgeable in the All-on-4® technique. This implant design allows her to place a minimal number of implants in a way that maximizes the bone in the jaw. Four implants can effectively support an upper or lower denture. 

Additionally, patients with existing bone loss who are not good candidates for grafting surgery may still benefit from implant-supported teeth! Mini implants are smaller in diameter than “standard” ones; they can be placed using the most conservative techniques – no bone grafting required! 

Regardless of their specific “type,” implants optimally mimic the natural tooth structure’s aesthetics, feel, function, and durability. They also support the long-term strength of the supportive bony tissue in the jaw, which prevents the devastating process of bone loss. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Baker at Canyon Crossing Dental to learn more about these and other benefits. Our team in St. George, UT, can be reached at (435) 344-4445.