Permanently Replace Missing Teeth
If you’re missing one or more teeth and you want to restore your smile permanently, dental implants from Dr. Keleigh Lascari may be right for you. Implants have unique benefits and they are the longest-lasting tooth replacement option. Whether you are missing one or multiple teeth, give us a call today to learn more about your options for implant dentistry.
How It Works
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are small, screw-shaped pieces of titanium that are designed to function as artificial tooth roots. During treatment, your dental implant is surgically placed into your jaw. Once the area heals and bonds with your jaw bone and gum tissue, it can be used to support a wide variety of dental prostheses including crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Are Implants Right for Me?
Candidates for Dental Implants
If you are missing one or more teeth and do not want to sacrifice the structure of neighboring teeth with a bridge or have a removable appliance like a denture, a dental implant is likely a good option for you. In order to be a good candidate for treatment, patients must have a strong jaw bone and sufficient gum tissue. During your consultation, Dr. Lascari will assess your dental health to determine whether implants are a good option for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can last 30+ years, and most patients keep them for the rest of their lives. They never shift or move when you eat or speak, and they help support the natural strength of your jaw bone, unlike dentures and dental bridges. Implants look and feel just like real teeth, and require little special care beyond proper oral hygiene and regular visits to Dr. Lascari for a teeth cleaning and oral exam.
Expert Surgical Treatment
Dental Implant Placements
Dr. Lascari works closely with trusted, local oral surgeons and periodontists and will recommend you to one for the placement of your implant. In about three to five months, once the healing process is complete, Dr. Lascari will permanently place the crown on top of the implant. Your smile will be complete and healthy once again.
Replacing Your Missing Teeth
Dental Implant Restorations
The second part of the implant treatment process is dental implant restoration. While your implant is healing, Dr. Lascari will check your healing progress from time to time, and she will take images and dental impressions of your teeth and gums during these checkups.
These images will be sent to a trusted dental lab where a dental implant restoration (such as a crown, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported denture) will be made. Once your mouth has fully healed, you’ll come back to our office and have your implant-supported restoration placed.
Restore Your Entire Smile
With full-arch implants, you’ll get a series of 4-6 implants placed in the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth. Once these implants heal, Dr. Lascari will create a set of permanent implant-supported bridges, which will be attached to the implants. Full-arch implants will never move or shift. They also support the health of your jaw bone, and look and feel more natural than dentures.
Mini implants are similar to traditional dental implants, but they are about half the size. This means the placement process is less invasive, and they are more suitable for patients with a weakened jaw bone. Typically, multiple mini implants are used to support and stabilize dentures. Call (985) 869-8020 today to see if mini implants are right for you.