Dental Implant Placement and Restoration

The development and use of dental implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the last 40 years. Dental implants are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. Dr. Blackhurst has trained at the White Cap Institute receiving hallmark education in placing and restoring dental implants. Dr. Blackhurst continues to research and stay up to date on the newest implant technology. Dental implants are an excellent long-term option to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your natural teeth. When a tooth is extracted bone is resorbed over time and cannot be grown back. Dental implants help to preserve jaw bone. They are also used to replace multiple missing teeth and can be used as dental implant bridges. Overdentures can also be done by Dr. Blackhurst and are a recommended way to secure your dentures and preserve your bone.

How does a dental implant work?

Dr. Blackhurst will evaluate your bone structure and surrounding teeth to make sure that an implant is the right choice. Having strong and adequate bone to support your dental implant will ensure greater success and Dr. Blackhurst will take the time to plan out your dental implant procedure, as well as answer all of your questions. Dr. Blackhurst and his staff will take the time to explain all your treatment options so you will be fully informed and feel comfortable at his Midvale office.

If an implant is the right choice you will be scheduled to have the implant surgically placed in the jaw bone. Dr. Blackhurst and his staff go the extra mile to make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed. Our patients report that placement of their dental implant was much easier than expected. A healing abutment is placed into the implant so the tissue can heal properly allowing for restoration of your dental implant to take place. Dr. Blackhurst’s staff will take the time to go over all home care instructions and answer any questions you may have.

The dental implant will need 2.5 – 4 months to fuse, called osseointegration, with the jaw bone before the restoration procedure can be done. This allows the dental implant to become stable making a strong foundation for your new tooth. After your dental implant has integrated with the jaw bone you will come back and Dr. Blackhurst will place a final abutment, as well as take an impression for a crown to be made. In two weeks you will come back to our dental office in Midvale and the crown will be placed on your dental implant, completing the procedure. It’s now time to enjoy your new tooth.