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The teeth in your smile help bite the foods you eat. At the same time, their cosmetic appeal can also have a significant impact on your self-esteem. If you’ve lost a tooth in your smile, your dentist, Dr. John Lohner, might recommend a dental implant with a porcelain dental crown to replace its presence, function and appearance in your mouth.

Dr. John Lohner will first assess your jaw structure to make sure you have enough bone material to secure a dental implant. If the tooth loss also resulted in the loss of underlying bone structure, you might need to receive a bone graft before a dental implant can be possible.

To install the implant, Dr. John Lohner will make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will then be drilled directly into the bone. A titanium implant will then be screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums will be sutured closed.

Titanium is known for being biologically safe and it will fuse with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the implant has been fully integrated into the surrounding bone tissues, Dr. John Lohner can start the process of fitting you for a porcelain dental crown. Since it can be shaded to match the surrounding teeth, it will have the full function and appearance of a natural tooth.

If you’ve lost a tooth in your smile and you’re interested in a dental implant in Cedar Hills, Utah, you should call 801-756-2006 to schedule a dental implant consultation at Lexington Heights Dental.