Countless people experience tooth loss, whether due to disease, decay, traumatic accident, or just dental neglect. When left unaddressed, tooth loss can also cause atrophy of the underlying bone, which may result in unwanted changes to the appearance of the face. Dental implants represent a leading option for tooth replacement, and we are pleased to offer this option to patients in Slidell, LA.
Why Are Dental Implants the Preferred Method of Tooth Replacement?
There are a number of reasons why dental implants are considered to be the standard of care for tooth loss.
- Dental implants are unique among tooth replacement methods since they stimulate bone growth, preventing deterioration of the jaw.
- Dental implants help preserve the health of the jaw as well as the surrounding teeth. Unlike bridges and dentures, they do not require healthy teeth to be shaved or altered.
- Compared with other tooth replacement options, dental implants have an excellent rate of long-term success, something that is evident from the body of scientific literature.
- Dental implants can potentially last a lifetime, especially when you take care of them properly.
Benefits of Dental Implants
As you consider your options for tooth replacement, there are several benefits to keep in mind.
Designed to Last a Lifetime
As with your naturally growing teeth, dental implants require routine maintenance. You will need to brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly. With this basic upkeep, your dental implants can potentially remain functional and strong for the rest of your life. They are designed to be a permanent solution for tooth loss.
Preserves Bone and Facial Structures
Your natural tooth root stimulates the jaw, helping the bone remain healthy and strong. When you lose that natural root, the bone can atrophy. Dental implants provide ongoing stimulation, which can help you avoid bone loss as well as any unwanted changes to your facial appearance.
A Healthier Smile
Dental bridges typically require you to have healthy teeth shaved down, creating space for the bridge. Dentures, too, can have an unwanted effect on your oral health, wearing down the jawbone. With dental implants, you can preserve the health of your teeth, jaw, and mouth.
Dental implants are topped by custom-made prostheses, which are designed to replicate the look of your natural teeth. As such, dental implants can facilitate a completely seamless dental restoration.
How Do Dental Implants Compare to Other Options?
Dental implants are not the only way to replace missing teeth. As you consider treatment options, it may be helpful to compare implants with other tooth-replacement methods.
How Will My Surgeon Determine Whether I am A Candidate for Dental Implants?
To verify that you are a good candidate for a safe and successful dental implant surgery, you will first need to have a consultation with oral surgeon, Dr. Joshua S. Brandner. He will ask about your medical and dental history, look at your teeth and mouth, and collect some medical images, such as X-rays.
Dr. Brandner will assess your candidacy for dental implants based on several factors. He will determine:
- The bone structure available to support dental implants.
- The number of dental implants you require to realize the best result.
- Any additional procedures required to prepare you for dental implants, like tooth extraction or bone grafting.
- Your medical history and the state of your dental health.
How Are Dental Implants Placed and Restored?
After confirming your eligibility for dental implant surgery, Dr. Brandner will invite you to schedule your procedure. Before you have your dental implants placed, you may need to have preparatory surgery, whether that means extracting unhealthy teeth or generating jawbone via a bone graft.
For your dental implant procedure, you will be fully sedated to ensure your comfort and safety. The dental implant itself is a small titanium rod, which is screwed into the jaw, then left to fuse into place with the bone.
It may take several weeks or even several months for your dental implants to heal, providing a stable place to anchor dental implants. Once they are secured, you will return to your oral surgeon to have an abutment placed. The abutment is an important piece, connecting the implant to the dental prosthesis.
Your custom teeth will typically be securely placed by your regular dentist, ensuring results that look seamless and natural.
You’re in Good Hands with The OMS Center of South Louisiana
For patients experiencing tooth loss, dental implants are often the best form of treatment. Learn more about dental implant surgery in Slidell, LA. Contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joshua S. Brandner at (985) 687-1616.