People who are missing teeth due to aging, trauma or other circumstances may feel self-conscious about their appearance. For these patients, dental implants are often the best solution to help restore their smile and renew their confidence. Your first impression is always important, so when you don’t feel you look your best, you may not be able to put your best foot forward. This is especially true for those seeking a new job, relationship or those who are simply interact with others on a regular basis.

As an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in dental implant therapy, I have seen a number of patients who come to our office at Utah Surgical Arts with desperation. They are looking for the right solution that will give them their winning confidence back. From what I have experienced with my patients, I know how truly debilitating a mouth with missing teeth can be for someone of any age or background.

In my years of practice, I have found that dental implants – a sturdy, natural-looking replacement for missing teeth – can truly change the appearance of someone in need and thus, change their entire outlook on life. Performing this safe procedure simply entails the insertion of a titanium post into the root of a natural tooth to support a crown, bridge or over-denture. Once integrated into the bone and healed, the patient can brush and floss the new tooth just as they would any other tooth, creating the feeling that they never lost a tooth.

When I see dental implant patients for follow-up visits, it is as if they have become an entirely different person. They seem happier, more confident, smile more, and have a renewed sense of comfort that was completely absent upon our first visit prior to the procedure.

In each case, I can truly see how life-changing dental implants can be for someone with one or multiple missing teeth. I am so grateful to have seen my dental implant patients truly transform from anxious, reserved and self-conscious to spirited, confident people. These are the types of cases that make my work at Utah Surgical Arts truly rewarding.

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By Dr. Michael Harris

Dr. Harris has been practicing facial and oral surgery in Utah since 1998. In 2001 he designed and constructed the Utah Surgical Arts outpatient surgical facility, which is accredited by AAAHC. Dr. Harris and his wife enjoy living in Utah County and are looking forward to raising their six children in such a beautiful place. Dr. Harris has 12 years of experience specializing in all aspects of facial, reconstructive, cosmetic, and oral surgery.