Dental Implants – Ledgewood, NJ

Completely Recreating Your Missing Teeth

Animated smile with dental implant post implanted in jaw line

If you replace your missing teeth with a denture or a dental bridge, you have about 10 years before that prosthetic needs to be replaced. Not to mention, they leave a lot to be desired in terms of how they feel. That’s what makes dental implants different. This replacement method brings back the whole structure of a tooth. Plus, they can potentially last a lifetime! Contact our dental office to schedule a consultation with Dr. McCleaster to discuss tooth replacement with dental implants in Ledgewood, NJ.

Why Choose McCleaster Family Dental for Dental Implants?

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What Are Dental Implants?

Three animated dental implant supported replacement teeth

Dental implants are small posts made from biocompatible metals, usually titanium, that serve as replacements for the roots of the teeth you’ve lost. After they’ve been surgically positioned in your jaw, the implant posts naturally fuse to the surrounding bone tissue, forming a sturdy and lasting bond. Then, custom, lifelike prosthetics are secured on top of the implants, completely recreating your missing teeth.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

Model comparing natural teeth to dental implant supported replacement tooth

No two patients experience the same dental implant treatment, but everyone goes through four basic steps:

  1. Initial consultation – First, Dr. McCleaster will examine your mouth and jaw, review your medical history, and talk about what you’d like to achieve with your new smile. From there, he can outline a treatment plan that includes an estimated timeline, cost, and goes over any preliminary procedures you might need.
  2. Dental implant surgery – At a following appointment, your implants are surgically inserted below your gums and into your jaw. To ensure the highest quality of care, Dr. McCleaster will refer you to a trusted local specialist for this procedure.
  3. Osseointegration – This is the process by which your jawbone grows attached to the implant posts, and it can take about three to six months.
  4. Placing your final restoration – Once your mouth has fully healed, we’ll complete your smile by securing your customized dental crown, bridge, or denture onto your implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Man and woman enjoying the benefits of dental implants

Dental implants set themselves apart from other tooth replacements by bringing back the tooth's root in addition to its crown. That means you can look forward to unique benefits like:

  • No slippage or gum irritation
  • A fuller, more youthful facial appearance
  • Prevent the jawbone deterioration that accompanies tooth loss
  • Talk, eat, and smile as effortlessly as you used to
  • Replacement teeth that can last for 30+ years on average
  • The same day-to-day maintenance as natural teeth

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Man considering tooth replacement with dental implants

A good dental implant candidate has a healthy mouth and a strong jawbone or is willing to complete preparatory treatments to meet those qualifications. Of course, to know for sure whether you’re a good candidate, you’ll need to meet with Dr. McCleaster for a consultation. If he determines dental implants will work for you, he’ll plan out your treatment based on the number of teeth you’re looking to replace.

Missing One Tooth

Animated smile during dental implant supported dental crown placement

One dental implant post can fill a single space in your smile without modifying the teeth on either side. Then, we’ll attach a natural-looking dental crown on top that flawlessly blends in with your overall grin.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

Instead of securing a dental bridge onto two of your remaining healthy teeth, we can anchor it onto two implant posts – each one placed at the end of the gap. 

Missing All Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported denture placement

If you’re tired of dealing with a shifting denture, you’ll be pleased to know that it only takes an average of four to eight implants to support a full denture that reliably stays in place.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dentist and patient discussing the cost of dental implants

Many variables come into play when determining the cost of dental implants, such as the number of posts you need and the exact location of their placement. Therefore, we can’t provide an accurate estimate until we’ve looked at the specific factors involved in your case. Note that even if dental implants seem expensive at first, their potential to last a lifetime makes them a much better long-term investment than traditional dentures or bridges.