Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted in the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. Dental implants restore both the function and aesthetics of your missing teeth. Since the titanium dental implants fuse with the jawbone, they are stable and secure. Dental implants are designed to provide a natural look and function.
Dental implant treatment replaces missing teeth and restores your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Dental implants are one of the most natural-looking and feeling tooth replacement options available today.
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implant procedures are highly effective and result in more predictable long-term outcomes. They:
- Preserve the jaw bone.
- Support the facial structure.
- Offer stability, comfort, and convenience.
- Provide a permanent solution for tooth loss.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are versatile and can be used to restore a single missing tooth or a full arch of teeth. They are an excellent option for anyone who has experienced tooth loss if they meet certain criteria.
Dental implants require that the patient have adequate jawbone density to support the osseointegration process. When the dental implants are inserted, they will fuse with the jawbone and form a strong and durable anchor. This usually takes a few months for the jawbone to fuse with the dental implants. Besides, the patient undergoing the dental implant procedure should quit smoking and should be ready to commit himself to following the dentist's instructions throughout the treatment process.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Your dentist will recommend dental implants if you have one or several missing teeth and you are looking to replace them with permanent, natural-looking restorations. During your first appointment, we will examine your jaw to determine whether dental implants are right for you. If we determine that dental implants are a good option for you, we will start the procedure. The implant procedure involves placing a small titanium post into the jawbone surgically. The implant will integrate with the jawbone over a period and act as an artificial tooth root. The dentist will provide instructions on how to care for your dental implant to ensure that it heals properly.
After surgical insertion of the dental implants, you will need to wait four to six months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone. Once the implants have fused with your jawbone, we will place an abutment on top of the dental implant, which provides a support structure for the replacement teeth.
The replacement teeth, or dental crowns, will be custom-made for you in a dental lab. At your follow-up visit, we will fit your permanent dental crowns to your dental implants.
At Greenwell Springs Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality dental care using state-of-the-art dental technologies. To learn more about our dental services, call Greenwell Springs Dentist at (225) 261-0043 or visit our dental office located at 14127 Greenwell Springs Road, Central, LA 70739.