Dental implants are typically made of titanium and embedded in your jawbone to provide a sturdy base for replacement teeth. They are a proven and effective solution for replacement of missing teeth. They come in many shapes and sizes to suit the preferences and needs of our patients.
How do implants work?
- The first step in getting a dental implant is the development of a treatment plan based on the patient’s need.
- The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone at the site of the lost tooth. This is done under the effect of local anesthesia.
- As you heal, your implant will fuse with, your natural jawbone, with the two growing together to form a strong and long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth. This healing process can take weeks to months while you proceed with your everyday life in between appointments.
- Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post -- called an abutment -- is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Dental implants are known to be safe and effective.
- Dental implants improve your appearance as they look and feel like your own teeth. They also become permanent because they are designed to fuse with the bone.
- It also improves speech as you need not to worry that teeth might slip, unlike when you use dentures.
- It makes eating easier as dental implant functions like teeth. It also allows you to chew without feeling any pain.
- It improves your confidence and self-esteem because it gives you the ability to smile without having to worry about missing tooth.
- It is long lasting and durable especially when proper care is applied
- It is more convenient to have compared to dentures as you will not have to remember to remove them before sleeping and put it back on in the morning. You will not need any adhesives to keep them in place.
- Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
For more information, please call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ledford.