What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed in the jaw. It consists of a titanium post with threads like a screw that allow it to fuse with the jaw bone. When a single tooth needs to be replaced a crown is attached to the root, providing a natural look and function. In cases where multiple adjacent teeth need to be replaced, two implants can support a bridge. Implants can also be used to support full dentures.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the highest quality tooth replacement option due to the following benefits:
- Natural look. Because of the way it is implanted in the jaw, a dental implant is the most natural looking tooth replacement option available.
- Natural function. The solid bond of the implant with your jaw bone provides the function and bite strength of a natural, healthy tooth.
- Can last a lifetime. Once the implant has fully fused with the bone, the bond can last for the rest of your life. The prosthetic (crown, bridge, or dentures) may eventually need to be replaced over time due to wear, but the implant root will remain in place.
- Won’t damage adjacent teeth. Unlike a bridge that requires crowns to be placed over the existing teeth on either side of the gap, a dental implant won’t damage your healthy teeth.
- Preserve your jaw bone. Dental implants prevent the bone in your jaw from weakening and deteriorating due to a missing tooth.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Whether you need to replace one or multiple teeth, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. An ideal candidate has one or more teeth that were recently lost or extracted. When teeth have been missing for a long time the bone weakens and eventually dissolves, making it unable to support an implant. In this case a bone graft procedure may need to be done first to fortify the bone and encourage regeneration. The real question is not whether or not you are eligible for an implant, it's whether or not you are ready now or need some preparation first. Most patients can become ready to get an implant even if they are not at the time of their first consultation.
Why Choose Leading Edge Specialized Dentistry?
The success of a dental implant depends greatly on the accuracy of the placement. It needs to be placed at the precise depth and angle within the bone to form a solid bond. Leading Edge Specialized Dentistry specializes in the placement of dental implants and the preparatory procedures that often accompany them. Our expertise combined with high tech equipment and software allows us to accurately place dental implants for optimal success.
Same-Day Tooth Replacement with TRUETEETH® Dental Implants
The TRUETEETH dental implant procedure uses state-of-the-art technology that allows us to place dental implants and deliver a full set of teeth in one procedure without having to go through multiple surgeries or the need to wear inconvenient and uncomfortable false teeth (dentures).