Tooth loss is an incredibly common problem, impacting millions of American adults. When left untreated, tooth loss can result in impaired biting and chewing power, along with the atrophy of the jawbone and unwanted changes to facial appearance. Dental implants represent the standard of care for patients experiencing tooth loss. We are pleased to provide dental implant surgery to patients in Mandeville, LA.
Why Are Dental Implants the Preferred Method of Tooth Replacement?
There are a number of reasons why dental implants are a good option for replacing missing teeth:
- Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevent the underlying jawbone from atrophying or deteriorating.
- Dental implants are also the only tooth replacement option that do not require surrounding teeth to be shaved down or otherwise harmed.
- Compared with other tooth replacement options, dental implants have by far the best long-term success rate.
- With the right maintenance and hygiene, dental implants are designed to last for the rest of your lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
During your consultation, we will be happy to talk with you about some of the specific benefits of dental implant surgery.
Designed to Last a Lifetime
Dental implants require regular maintenance and care, just like your normal teeth do. With brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist, you can preserve the strength and integrity of your implants, and potentially never need to replace them.
Preserves Bone and Facial Structures
Your tooth root provides stimulation to the jawbone, which in turn promotes bone growth. Without the tooth root, you can anticipate some bone atrophy and degradation. Implants replace that natural root, providing the stimulation needed to avoid loss of bone along with unwelcome facial changes.
A Healthier Smile
When you get dental bridges, you generally need to have surrounding teeth shaved down in order to create space. Dentures, likewise, can adversely impact your healthy teeth as well as your jawbone. Dental implants are the best option for replacing teeth without doing any damage to the rest of your mouth.
When you get dental implants, you will also receive replacement teeth. These teeth are custom-made by a dental lab, designed to replicate the look of your naturally growing teeth for a seamless result.
How Do Dental Implants Compare to Other Options?
As you consider getting dental implants, it may be helpful to compare them with some of the other tooth replacement options that are available to patients in Mandeville, LA.
How Will My Surgeon Determine Whether I am A Candidate for Dental Implants?
In order to ensure your eligibility for a safe and successful dental implant procedure, you will need to schedule a surgical consultation. During this appointment, your oral surgeon will perform a physical evaluation of your teeth, gums, and mouth. You can also expect your surgeon to take some images, allowing for a more comprehensive view of your mouth and jaw.
At the OMS Center of South Louisiana, Dr. Joshua Brandner will assess your candidacy for dental implants based on a number of different factors, which can include:
- The quality and volume of available bone to support dental implantation.
- The number of dental implants needed to provide the optimal result.
- Any additional procedures required to prepare you for dental implants (e.g., bone grafting).
- Your overall dental and physical health.
How Are Dental Implants Placed and Restored?
Once your he has verified your eligibility for dental implants and worked with you to develop a specific treatment plan, you will be prepared to schedule your implant placement surgery.
In some cases, you may need to have a surgical procedure in order to prepare for implant placement. This may involve having unhealthy teeth extracted. It may also involve bone grafting to have healthy jawbone restored, providing a suitable anchor for the dental implants.
Dr. Brandner will provide sedation, ensuring you are comfortable throughout the procedure. The implant itself is a small titanium rod, which is placed into an area of exposed jawbone. A temporary replacement tooth will be placed, as well.
Your implants will need several weeks to heal in place, fusing with the jawbone to ensure long-term stability. From there, a connective piece known as an abutment can be placed. Abutments are generally customized, providing the right shape for your teeth.
Custom replacement teeth are securely placed on top of the abutment pieces. This final part of the dental implant procedure is typically carried out by your normal dentist.
You’re in Good Hands with The OMS Center of South Louisiana
Ready to learn more about the benefits of dental implants? If you live in Mandeville, LA or the surrounding area welcome you to schedule a consultation at (985) 687-1616.