Until recently, if you lost a tooth, you had it filled with a dental bridge or a false tooth. Dentures and bridges both had their drawbacks. A dental bridge, while still a viable option for a missing tooth, requires a dentist to grind down the neighboring teeth to make the bridge. This creates the possibility for other dental problems, like plaque build-up, tooth decay, and even the possible need for a root canal in the future. Dentures can fall out and sometimes prevent us from eating the foods we love.

This has all changed in recent years, however, including at Elite Smiles in Draper, Utah. Dental implants have significantly improved the practice of replacing teeth. Dental implants look and feel like real teeth and have a minimal impact on surrounding teeth.

Watch: An Introduction to Dental Implants

Dental implants are not simply a replacement for a lost tooth—they replace the roots of the tooth as well. A normal tooth has a root system that fastens it firmly to the jawbone. The biocompatibility of titanium makes it the perfect material to use for a dental implant. Titanium can actually fuse to the jawbone, which keeps the jawbone from deteriorating over time. The biocompatibility of titanium is the biological basis for the success of the dental implant procedure.

The dental implant procedure involves placing a titanium screw in the original bone pocket, which will happen at our Draper office. The crown is then securely attached to a titanium stud. The crown looks just like a real tooth and can ever do your real tooth one better—it can’t develop cavities (that’s not an excuse to avoid good dental hygiene, though).

Dental implants are typically a more costly alternative to removable dentures and fixed dental bridges. They are, however, well worth the cost. You can even think of dental implants as an investment. With proper oral hygiene, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Learn more in this video Dr. Meden did with ABC4.

Advantages of Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge

Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.

  • Aesthetic: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
  • Tooth-saving: Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
  • Confidence: Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They’ll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
  • Reliable: The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

Single Tooth Restoration Animation

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Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.

Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own. Your dentist and periodontist will work together to make your dreams come true.

Enjoy the Benefits

Improved appearance

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.

Improved Self-Esteem

Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.

Improved Speech

Poor-fitting dentures let teeth slip and cause you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak with confidence and clarity without the worry of your teeth slipping.

Improved Comfort

Because they become a permanent part of your mouth, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.

Easier Eating

Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult and uncomfortable. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain or discomfort.

Improved Oral Health

Dental implants don’t require reducing existing healthy teeth like a tooth-supported bridge sometimes requires. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

Dr. Meden’s Dental Implant Work


Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime. Be sure to come in for your exams and cleanings.


Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.implant-article