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Keeping our patients informed about the benefits of excellent oral health is the cornerstone of our Metairie practice. We think you’re more likely to take steps to protect your oral health when you know the impact that healthy teeth can have on your life.
We don’t expect you to be an expert about dentistry, and we’re here to answer any and all of your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes.
If you don’t see your question listed here, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out our convenient online contact form.
No! For your convenience, we handle the entire implant process from start to finish right here at our Metairie dental office!
Many people are not aware that dental implants consist of three pieces: the implant, the abutment, and the restoration. Once the process is complete, all three parts come together to form a permanent tooth replacement with exceptional strength and durability.
The Dental Implant Process
We start by surgically placing a small titanium implant in your jawbone. This becomes a replacement root for your missing tooth and the foundation for the abutment and dental crown. As it heals, the implant actually integrates with the surrounding bone, creating stability that is not available with other tooth replacement options.
Next, the abutment is attached to the implant, and the dental crown is secured to the abutment to complete the dental implant process.
Our experienced team has advanced training and skill in placing dental implants. If you’re looking for a dentist you can trust to handle the entire procedure safely, please contact our Metairie dental office for more information.
Dental implants have been around for decades, but many people are just beginning to learn what they are and how they work.
A dental implant is composed of three pieces. There is a titanium implant post that is surgically placed in your jaw and allowed to heal. As it heals, it integrates securely with surrounding bone and tissue and becomes a permanent part of your dental anatomy.
The next two pieces, the abutment and restoration, form the visible, functioning part of the implant. A restoration may be a crown, bridge, or denture, and it is then secured to the implant post.
Maintaining Your Dental Implant
The success rate for dental implants is 95%, so you can expect your implant to last a lifetime. However, you must practice proper oral hygiene to ensure that your gums stay healthy. And while the implant itself will remain rooted in your jaw, the restoration may need to be replaced at some point in the future.
If you need tooth replacement in Metairie, dental implants are an excellent option to consider. We would be more than happy to arrange a consultation with one of our doctors to discuss your needs and see if implants are the right choice for you. Please give us a call at Oak Family Dental today!
At Oak Family Dental, we make every effort to save your teeth when possible. However, it may be in your best interest to have a tooth removed. If you have a tooth or teeth extracted, we offer numerous ways to replace the missing tooth.
Ways we can replace your missing teeth:
- Fixed bridges
- Partial dentures and complete dentures
Replace Your Missing Tooth
We understand having a tooth pulled is a very scary thought. At Oak Family Dental, we will be here for every step to make the procedure as easy as possible for you, so please give us a call today.
When a tooth is extracted or missing from the mouth, a process called bone loss occurs. Without a tooth to hold and preserve the jawbone, the bone starts to reabsorb. This can start to affect other teeth surrounding the area. Over time the teeth in the area will face stability issues.
By placing a dental implant, bone loss is reduced, meaning the adjacent teeth are no longer at risk. Implants also help keep a one tooth problem a one tooth problem. Meaning, if a single tooth is lost, one implant with a crown can be placed. In the past, bridges were the only option to replace a single missing tooth. While bridges are still indicated in certain situations, they require the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to be cut down for crowns, once these teeth are cut, it is irreversible.
Replace Your Missing Teeth
A modern dental implant is the best option for replacing a missing tooth. They secure a dental crown to your jaw, making them more secure and realistic than ever before. An implant is essentially an artificial tooth root. Implants can be used to replace one or multiple teeth.
The technology and quality of implants have drastically improved, making them more accessible and more affordable. It is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Our bodies then integrate into the implant by cells growing around and attaching to the biocompatible metal. Once this process is complete, an abutment is placed into the implant, and a crown then goes on top of the abutment. Dentures and partials can also attach to implants to give more retention to the prosthesis in the mouth.
Scheduling Your Dental Implant Consultation
Any patient interested in dental implants is scheduled for a consult with one of the dentists at Oak Family Dental. At this appointment, we will review your medical and dental history. We also check to make sure you have sufficient bone and space for implants. Some patients will require bone grafting and sinus lifts to make the necessary space for an implant to be properly implanted into the bone.
Placing Your Dental Implant
After you have been cleared to have a dental implant placed we will need to set up another appointment to prep the area that the implant will be attaching to. Dental implants work by attaching to our jawbone with bio-compatible material that acts as your own natural roots.