Dental Implants – Jackson, MS
Sturdy, Long-Lasting Tooth-Replacements
Dental implants have become more and more popular over the last few decades. Not only do they offer better longevity and aesthetics than other tooth replacements, but they can also mimic the functions of natural tooth roots – something that traditional bridges and dentures can’t do by themselves. Dr. Malley can place dental implants in-house thanks to his training and our practice’s state-of-the-art technology. Call Lakeland Dental Care today to set up a consultation and find out if dental implants in Jackson are the right choice for you!
Why Choose Lakeland Dental Care for Dental Implants?
- In-House Dental Implant Placement
- The Latest Dental Technology
- Experienced, Knowledgeable Dentist
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant consists of three main parts: a biocompatible implant post, a custom-made restoration, and a metal abutment. The post is surgically placed in your jaw, where it fuses with the surrounding bone until it’s fully attached. Then we can attach a restoration made to look like your natural teeth to the post via the abutment. Because the implant joins with your jaw the way your natural teeth do, your new smile will look and feel that much more lifelike.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
- Consultation: During your first implant visit, we’ll examine your mouth to determine how many implants you’ll need and what preliminary procedures might need to be completed before the surgery. Then we can give you an outline of what the rest of the process will look like.
- Surgery: During implant surgery, we will open your gums so that the implant posts can be inserted into the bone. Then we’ll stitch the gums closed and place a protective cap on each post.
- Osseointegration/Abutment: Osseointegration is the months-long process of the implants joining with the jaw. The abutment(s) can be attached once the joining is complete.
- Restoration: We’ll take an impression of your mouth to design the final restoration. Once it’s ready, we can attach it to the posts and put the finishing touches on your new smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
You’ll have a much easier time chewing a wide variety of foods with dental implants that offer chewing power similar to that of your original teeth. Furthermore, the stimulation from dental implants helps prevent resorption in the surrounding bone, letting you maintain a healthier and more youthful-looking jaw. Finally, dental implants have the potential to last the rest of your life, yet they only require minimal maintenance that’s not much different from taking care of your original teeth.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
If you are an adult with missing teeth, good oral health, and a jaw that has not yet suffered from bone loss, you are most likely a good candidate for dental implants. Even if you can’t currently have the surgery performed, you might be eligible after bone grafting or other preliminary procedures. Keep in mind that dental implants are highly versatile compared to other replacement options; with enough posts and the right restoration, they can be used to replace any number of teeth.
Missing One Tooth
You just need to get one dental implant post to replace a single missing tooth. Once the area around the implant has healed, we can restore it with a dental crown made entirely out of tooth-colored materials. Said crown will be custom designed to fill in the space in your smile so that your remaining teeth don’t drift out of place.
Missing Multiple Teeth
We can attach a dental bridge to a pair of implant posts to replace at least three teeth in a row. Unlike a traditional dental bridge, an implant bridge doesn’t require us to remove any enamel from your natural teeth, so it’s often the better choice for your oral health in the long run.
Missing All of Your Teeth
When you’ve lost an entire row of teeth, you can get a full denture supported by at least 4 implant posts. A denture that’s anchored to implants will not slip, and it will make it possible to enjoy a wider variety of foods thanks to improved biting strength and stability.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The amount you pay for dental implants depends on how many posts are used, the type of restoration they’ll support, any preliminary treatments required before the surgery, and many other factors. Implants tend to cost more than traditional dentures and bridges, but they also last much longer on average, meaning you won’t spend as much on replacements over the years. Our team can go over the cost of dental implants in more detail during your consultation.