When you have a missing tooth, especially in a highly noticeable area, you might avoid smiling or striking up conversations with others. With dental implants, you can have normal-looking teeth again. At the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA, patients in West Palm Beach, Florida, can look into getting dental implants. Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Joel Baez offer dental implants for patients with at least one missing tooth.
Dental implants are small posts that anchor crowns or replacement teeth to your jaw. Your jawbone ends up fusing with these implants so that they won’t slip or shift out of place. If you’re looking for an alternative to dental bridges or dentures to replace missing teeth, dental implants are a suitable choice for many patients. They’re more convenient and comfortable than dentures or bridges.
Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Baez offer All-on-4 implants, which provide a way to replace multiple teeth using a set of four implants instead of several different ones. Dental implants usually replace one tooth, but All-on-4 implants come in sets that Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez place along your upper and lower jaw as needed. With this type of implant, you can have multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth replaced at once rather than individually.
When you get dentures in place of missing teeth, you can suffer from bone loss. This can make your face take on a more sunken appearance. Dentures can also be hard to keep free of bacteria on a regular basis, increasing your risk of oral health problems. All-on-4 implants help you avoid these problems by providing you with a more natural form of tooth replacement.
Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez start by surgically placing implants into your jawbone. Once you have this done, you’ll need to wait for your jawbone to heal and fuse to the implants. When this happens, you’ll have posts attached to each implant to hold your crowns or replacement teeth in place.
You’ll most likely be considered a good candidate for these implants as long as you have enough jawbone to hold them in place. If you don’t, Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez will need to use grafts to build up your jawbone. You’ll also need to have healthy tissue inside your mouth and no allergies to titanium, which is the material that's used to create these implants.
If you’d like to find out more about All-on-4 dental implants, please contact the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA to set up an appointment.