How Will Dental Implants Affect My Life?

If you have been living your life with temporary dentures or missing teeth, the possibility of dental implants could make a great difference in your life. Dental implant technology is better than ever and will help create a natural-looking, healthy smile. Here are some of the ways that implants will improve your life.


Permanent Alignment

-Missing teeth make it difficult for the rest of your smile to stay in line. Setting a dental implant in place of a missing tooth forces the remaining teeth to stay in their position, creating that perfect smile that you’ve been hoping for. This reason in and of itself is enough to heavily consider getting dental implants. 



-Because dental implants are a permanent fixture, you’ll never have to worry about taking out your dentures and the many complications that come with doing so. Modern dental implant technology allows for your smile to look healthy and natural, just the way you like it!


Improved Speech

-One of the greatest benefits that dental implants can have is improving your speech. Proper teeth placement and alignment can go a long way in ensuring that your speech is crisp and clear. 


Easier Eating

-Broken or missing teeth can make it difficult to enjoy mealtime. With a permanent dental implant, you can still eat all of your favorite foods and more without all the worry. You’ll be able to eat with confidence knowing that your dental implant can withstand even the toughest of foods. 


Overall Health

-Studies have shown that oral health can greatly affect other aspects of your body. Proper treatment of your broken or missing teeth will allow you the confidence you want, and the health that you deserve!


Here at the Oral & Facial Surgery Institute, we are Southern Utah’s dental implant experts. We want to make sure you get the treatment best treatment it comes to receiving your very first implants. Let us be a part of your journey, schedule an appointment with us today!

What Factors Contribute to Long Term Success of Dental Implants?

If you’ve been considering dental implants for quite some time now you’ll want to make sure that you’ll get the most out of your investment. Here’s what you need to know before you get implants!


Suitable Candidate


A large factor that leads to the overall success of dental implants is knowing whether or not you’re a suitable candidate in the first place. Patients must have adequate bone at the site where the dental implant is being considered so that it can be placed properly. Our staff will perform x-rays to determine the quality of the bone at the site and make a recommendation on the next step. For most patients, the dental implant is usually the next step, but for some, it may require a bone graft prior to the placement of the implant.


Proper Maintenance & Care


Contrary to popular belief, dental implants do not typically require any more attention than your natural teeth. However, that does not mean that you are exempt from maintaining your teeth and neglecting their care. It is critical to properly care for your dental implants by regularly brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Doing so will ensure the overall health of the bone and gum surrounding the new implant. It is also vital to closely follow the instructions of the oral surgeon following surgery. This will allow you to maximize your healing time and it will contribute to the overall success of your new dental implants.


Go Above and Beyond


Although your implants will not require any other special maintenance or care, it never hurts to treat them like a valuable investment, in part because they are. Getting regular professional teeth cleanings and frequent check-ups will not only help to protect your health, but it will allow your implants to have great long-term success.

Following these suggestions will give you peace of mind in taking the next step forward with your dental implants. Do you still have questions about whether or not dental implants are right for you? Contact the Oral & Facial Surgery Institute today!

3 Reasons You May Need a Tooth Extraction

3 Reasons You May Need a Tooth Extraction

Most people would say that getting a tooth extraction is like, well, pulling teeth. Even though you probably don’t want to do it, you most likely have to. If a tooth cannot be saved or if leaving it will negatively impact your other teeth, it’s gotta go. You must always consider your overall oral health and remember, it’s better to remove one tooth rather than lose many.

The experts at the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute can determine whether or not you need to have a tooth pulled. Here are a few common reasons you may need a tooth extraction. For more information, contact one of the friendly staff members at OFSI!



When a tooth is impacted, that means it is blocked or “stuck” underneath the gum line. This can cause trouble for your surrounding teeth, and it will most likely need to be pulled. Impacted teeth can be very painful, so if you have concerns raise them immediately with your dentist.



Crowding of the teeth is called malocclusion. It can be due to genetic factors as well as childhood habits that caused alignment issues. Impacted teeth can also cause overcrowding.

This can lead to jaw pain, improper function of the teeth, and premature wear or inadequate cleaning. If you have severe overcrowding, one or two teeth may need to be pulled to make room for the others. This is especially common in preparation for alignment by way of braces.


Tooth decay

Most people have gotten a cavity or two in their lives. However, what people may not know is that cavities can grow and continue to decay your tooth to the root, letting bacteria reach deep below your enamel. If your tooth cannot be saved with a root canal, you may need to have it extracted. Otherwise, the decay can lead to infection if left untreated.

It is important to have cavities taken care of in their early stages before it gets to the point of extraction.

We know tooth extractions aren’t everyone’s favorite thing, but the process is nowhere near as painful or dreadful as most might imagine.

The Oral and Facial Surgery Institute will always offer you sedation options to ensure you feel comfortable. Local anesthetic can numb the area around the tooth being removed and if chosen, be combined with nitrous oxide sedation to calm anxiety around oral surgery. These are both options that do not cause drowsiness, making for a convenient experience. It is our goal to ensure you walk out of our office feeling better than ever about your smile.