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Salt Lake City Dental Implants

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Implants with tags , , , , , on September 2, 2010 by dukeslc

Dental Implants are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth. It can be used for replace one tooth or many. Dental implants may be slightly expensive but there is a noticeable shift in dental insurance and many insurance carriers now cover 50% of the cost.

Free Consultation

The first step is to schedule a FREE consultation with our Salt Lake City Dentist, Dr. David Duke. He will access the bone and surrounding tissues to determine if the missing tooth site is suitable for a dental implant.

Pre-approval of Dental Insurance Coverage

We want to ensure that there are no surprises when it comes to paying for a dental implant. We submit pre-approval claims to all insurances to make sure we understand the patient’s coverage. While there may be restrictions and exclusions on your dental plan, we do our best to apply insurance coverage to the treatment.

Placement of the Dental Implant and Healing Cap

This procedure is done in a completely sterile environment with the best technology available. Dr. Duke uses titanium implants and expert training to provide the gentlest placement possible. A cap is placed on the implant, which allows the gums to heal over the next few weeks.

Removal of the Cap and Impression for a Crown

After several weeks, the bone and implant will be examined for stability and strength. If it is approved, an impression will be made for a Dental Implant Crown.  Our dental labs take an average of 1-2 weeks to make the final crown.

Placement of the Dental Implant Crown

The final visit will consist of placing the Implant Crown on the fully healed, permanent Dental Implant. Oral hygiene routines, speaking, and eating are not impaired or altered. Dental Implants offer the best tooth replacement option available. It is the best aesthetically pleasing, gentle, permanent solution!

We are located in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. David Duke offers free consultations to all those interested in receiving information about the procedure and meeting our staff. Check out our website for before and after photos and call us today!


Dental Implants

Posted in Dental, Implants with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by dukeslc

Dental Implants are one of today’s leading options for replacing missing teeth.  Thousands of patients enjoy the comfort and ease of having dental implants.  There is an average success rate of 95% for those who have dental implants.  If you are missing any teeth, dental implants are low-maintenance and are the most similar to natural teeth.  Their similarity to natural teeth offer no change in oral hygiene habits, no change in speech, and the ability to eat normal foods.  For all those who wonder if they are good candidates for dental implants, Dr. David Duke offers FREE Consultations.  The following are a few things the Dentist will consider before recommending a dental implant.

Strength and Density of Bone

For a dental implant to successfully work, the bone has to be thick and strong enough to support the implant.  After a tooth is extracted, some patients will experience bone loss in that area. Others may have genetic or health conditions that interfere with the regeneration of bone.  Should this be the case, a bone graft can be done to fill the extraction site and can aid the bone regeneration.  For those whose bone is naturally thin, a sinus lift can be done by an oral surgeon to increase the thickness of the Maxillary bone.

Health of the Teeth and Gums

The tissues and teeth need to be free of decay and bacteria in order for the implant to heal correctly.  The implant will have a greater chance of failing if there is constant exposure to bacteria while the bone and gums are trying to heal and grow.  For this reason, it is recommended that all tooth decay and/or gum disease be addressed before a dental implant is considered to replace a missing tooth.  If there is dental decay, dental fillings or crowns can be done to remove and replace it. To prevent gum disease, patients are to have regular cleanings with the hygienist. For those who already have gum disease it recommended to have special deep cleanings 3-4 times per year to prevent it from getting worse.

Oral Health and Smoking Habits

The oral health and habits will be addressed before placing a dental implant.  Patients with poor oral hygiene and those who are heavy smokers are asked to change their habits.  The risk of dental implant failure increases significantly in smokers and patients must typically stop smoking before a dental implant is considered.  Correct home care of teeth and gums is vital to a healthy mouth and provides an optimal environment for dental implants to successfully replace missing teeth. 

 Protecting the Implant and Bruxism

The functional use and force placed on the implant must be taken into consideration before placing an implant.  Just like any other object, dental implants and the dental crowns placed on them will experience wear and tear from normal, daily use.  The force and pressure placed on the implant from chewing, speaking, clenching, or grinding (also known as bruxism) must be carefully examined.  If these forces are too much for the implant or surrounding bone to tolerate, the likelihood of failure will increase significantly.  Correct positioning, straight tooth alignment, correct crown size, and the changing of grinding habits will aid in the success of the dental implant.  If bruxism cannot be stopped, a custom-made night guard can help protect the crown and dental implant.

 Other Health Conditions

Certain health conditions, such as Type II diabetes, can  increase the failure rate of dental implants.  For those with this health condition, it is common to have low amounts and height of bone in which to place an implant.  Type II Diabetes can also contribute to poor blood circulation which may interfere with the healing of bone and gum tissues.  Poor blood circulation can also increase the chance of infection once the implant is placed.

Dental Implants have a typical estimated success rate of 95% when all of the above conditions are correctly considered and solved.  With all we know today about the human body and dental implants, there remain about 5% of people whose implants fail for unknown reasons.  The dental implants are made from titanium, which has been proven as a material that the body typically will not reject as a “foreign material.”  With this knowledge and all of our sound technology, the success rate is far greater than the possible failure rate. Thousands of people have implants are placed every year and enjoy the excellent tooth replacements.

For all those interested in dental implants, we welcome you to have a FREE CONSULTATION in our Salt Lake City Dental Office.  Dr. Duke has practiced Dentistry for over 24 years and specializes in Dental Implants.  If you would like more information, please visit our website or call (801)355-2202.  We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have!

Dental Implants Vs. Removable Dentures

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Implants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 29, 2010 by dukeslc

There are so many ADVANTAGES to Dental Implants!  Routinely updated techniques and advances in Dental Technology make Dental Implants the ideal choice in tooth replacement! Call our Salt Lake City Dental Office today to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION and let us give you the smile you deserve!

Oral Hygiene:

With Individual Dental Implants, brushing and flossing can be done as normal, with no special floss or daily cleaning necessary.  The ease of proper cleaning  Dental Implants offer can greatly reduce the possibility of periodontal disease or bone recession.

Esthetic Appearance and Self-Esteem:

Dental Implants are natural looking and feeling. They can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself. One of our favorite quotes is “The World always looks brighter from behind a Smile.” –Author Unknown

Removable Dentures can improve your smile by replacing missing teeth, but typically will not look as Natural as Individual Dental Implants. Dentures also have a tendency to click and shift as you smile or speak.

A Permanent Solution:

Dental Implants are designed to fuse with bone, making them a permanent part of you! Due to the Strength of Dental Implants you will be able to eat your favorite foods with confidence and never have to worry about chewing difficult foods.

Improved Speech and Comfort:

Dentures can move or slip if they are poorly fitted, causing some to slur their words or hinder clear pronunciation when speaking.  Dental Implants never move and allow you to speak normally with Confidence Dental Implants also eliminate the discomfort some will feel when eating with removable dentures and the embarrassment of removing dentures to clean them.

Long-term Oral Health and Convenience:

Dental Implants are very durable and are made to Last a Lifetime.  With the proper care and cleaning, Dental Implants will act, look, and feel like your natural teeth for years to come.  Dental Implants also avoid additional monthly costs by eliminating the need for denture adhesives or special cleaning products. 

          Our Salt Lake City Dental Office is proud to offer Dental Implants to improve the smiles and confidence of our patients!  We love to improve our patient’s quality of life by offering gentle dentistry and the best technology available.  Check out our website for more information or to view before and after photos of a few of our patients.  Feel free to call our Salt Lake City Dental Office at 801-355-2202 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION today and let us help you achieve The smile you desire with the dentistry you deserve.

Salt Lake City Dental Implants

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Implants with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by dukeslc

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root, typically made from titanium. It is placed in the bone and supports a restoration to replace the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s technology, virtually all Dental Implants are similar to an actual tooth root which aids in the placement and is less invasive than previous Dental Implants.

Why choose a Dental Implant?

If you are missing a tooth or many teeth, there are a number of options available to replace it.

  • One option is a Dental Bridge, which is made by crowning the two neighboring  teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A floating crown is attached between the two crowned teeth to replace the tooth. The disadvantage to a Dental Bridge is that it involves removing enamel from two possibly healthy teeth that may not need a restoration.
  • Dental Implants are another option to replacing teeth. The advantage to this is that it does not require an invasive procedure on neighboring teeth. A simple Implant is placed in the bone and is typically crowned to replace the missing tooth.

Dental Implants can also replace several teeth or can supply implant clasps for Denture attachments.

There are many variations and combinations that can be done with Dental Implants, the options are astounding!

 How is a Dental Implant Placed?

  1. The Dental Implant area is given anesthetic to numb the site. A very gentle implant drill is used to make room in the bone for the Implant.  The sterile Implant is placed in the bone and a small cap is placed on the implant to allow the gums to heal quickly.
  2. Once the Implant is placed, time must be given for the bone to regenerate and attach tightly to the Implant. This can vary from 3 to 6 months, depending on the person and any conditions that may exist. For some special cases, immediate restorations may be placed on Dental Implants the same day they are placed.
  3. Once the Implant is secure in the bone and the area is fully healed, an impression can be made for the Crown. The Implant Crown is made to look exactly like it’s neighboring teeth, thus making it nearly impossible for peers to notice the Implant and/or Crown.

Dr. David Duke has practiced dentistry for over 20 years and has received extensive additional training for Dental Implants. We have excellent success with all of our patients and would love to discuss any concerns or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call our Salt Lake City Dental Office at 801-355-2202 and check out our website for additional information.

Salt Lake City Dental Implants

Posted in Dental, Implants with tags , , , , on June 2, 2010 by dukeslc

There are many people who have lost one or more teeth and may feel to self-conscious about it. Missing teeth can hinder people from smiling or talking freely for fear of people noticing. In addition to feeling self-conscious, tooth loss can make eating more difficult which can lead to malnutrition in severe cases.
 There are many different situations that may cause tooth loss including tooth decay, root canal failure, gum disease, trauma to the mouth, excessive wear and tear due to bruxism, or congenital defects.  Dental implants are an ideal solution for people who have a missing tooth or teeth.  Implants will replace both the crown of the tooth and the root of the tooth.  Dental implants are versatile, strong, and very natural looking.   The result of a dental implant is better oral health and confidence in smiling and talking freely! 

Having dental implants placed is much easier than it used to be.  First, one must find a Salt Lake City implant dentist close to you.  The Salt Lake City dentist will take x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.  If you are a good candidate the dentist will place the implant surgically into the jawbone.  After the surgery is completed the implant must heal for 4-6 months to make sure that the bone is strong enough to support a tooth. When the implant has healed completely your Salt Lake City dentist will have the lab prepare a crown to go over your implant.  After the crown is placed you will be able to eat normaly, clean your teeth normally, and smile because no one will know you were missing a tooth! 

Dr. David Duke is an Elite Salt Lake City Dentist.  He has placed many dental implants and has a very high success rate.  Visit our website to learn more about dental implants.  We would love to help you achieve replacing missing teeth for the perfect smile possible!  Call for a FREE Consultation today @ 801-355-2202.

Amazing Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve your smile

Posted in Cosmetic, Implants, Invisalign, Smile Designs, Veneers with tags , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by dukeslc
Cosmetic Veneers

Actual Patient, Veneers

Could you imagine never smiling, always keeping your hand over your mouth when you talk, or just ashamed to show your teeth? There are a lot of people who have no idea what it is like to smile from ear to ear because they are embarrassed of their teeth. In our Salt Lake City dentist office we provide, teeth whitening, gum contouring, bonding, white fillings, crowns, veneers, implants and Invisalign. Thanks to the many different procedures that cosmetic dentistry provides everyone can have something to smile about.

Teeth Whitening
Whitening your teeth is probably the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure. There are many different options you can use. Anyone can buy over-the-counter whitening products that will help improve the front surface of your teeth. For the best results you can visit our Salt Lake City dentist office to have custom fit bleach trays made especially for you. These custom whitening kits come with whitening gel that you put directly in your bleach trays. You can use the trays as much as they want to get the desired result. Once you are happy with the color of your teeth, you can touch up as often as you would like.

If you are having other cosmetic dentistry procedures done, you may want to whiten your teeth first so you can match the work to the new color because bonding, crowns, or veneers do not whiten.

Gum Contouring
In or Salt Lake City dentist office we have patients come in who complain that they have “short stubby teeth” or a “gummy smile.” In reality their gums have just grown over their teeth. Gum contouring can reveal long, beautiful teeth. Gum contouring is done in our Salt Lake City dentist office with local anesthetic. It may take the tissue up to two weeks to heal completely. This is a great option for our patients.

Bonding and White Fillings
Bonding is a term used by cosmetic dentists for applying white filling material on your teeth. This can be a great procedure to close small gaps or fix small chips in your front teeth. Bonding does cost less but definitely doesn’t last as long as a crown or veneer. It will only last for 5-10 years. Bonding will also stain depending on your hygiene habits. Smoking, drinking coffee and tea will stain it a lot faster.
White filling is the back of you mouth is a great option too. Dentist used to use silver amalgam filling to fix cavities. Cosmetic dentists are now using white filling materials to fix the back teeth, it looks a lot better and is better for your tooth. A lot of patients in our Salt Lake City dentist office are having us change out their silver filling to white fillings.

Veneers and Crowns
Porcelain Veneers and Crowns are great options for patients to change their smile. They can close gaps, fix mildly crooked teeth, change the color or your teeth and replace old broken down dentistry. Unlike bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns are created in a lab outside your mouth from mould of your teeth. They won’t stain, so the color you choose will be the color they always are. They also last a lot longer then bonding, if you have good oral hygiene they can last up to 20 years. Every patient in our Salt Lake City dentist office who has this done always says, “If I knew it was this easy and would have looked so good I would have done it a long time ago!”

Dental Implants
Implants are great options for our patients to replace missing teeth. Once the implant is in, it is like you were never missing the tooth. You can eat with them, brush and floss just like normal.

Invisalign is a great way for our patients in our Salt Lake City dentist office to straighten their teeth. It is a great alternative to traditional braces. No one will even know you are going through treatment because it is practically invisible. With Invisalign you are able to keep your gums healthy because you can remove the trays to eat, drink and brush and floss your teeth.

Everyone should be confidant to smile from ear to ear because of they many ways that cosmetic dentistry can help. If any of these cosmetic dentistry procedures are something you are interested in please look at Dental Designs of Salt Lake Website for more information. We offer free cosmetic consultations in our office.