Lapalco Family Dental : Dental Implants in Marrero, LA
Do you have missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted? Maybe you are wearing old dentures that cause pain, discomfort, or chewing difficulties. Your Marrero, dental implants dentist offers advanced teeth replacement solutions that are permanent, stable and incredibly lifelike. Dr. Landry uses teeth implants procedure to support dentures or replace individual missing teeth.
Dental implants are the greatest new technology we have in dentistry so far. It used to be if somebody was traumatically injured and lost a front tooth, it was a tragedy. You had to take two teeth on either side and do a bridge but you had to take perfectly healthy teeth. Nowadays it’s more of a financial concern. We can place an implant, put a tooth on it and people can’t tell the difference between that and natural teeth.
If you lost teeth over the years and you have a denture, we can go back and retrofit it with implants, so that now your denture stays in, it’s rock solid, it doesn’t pop out, it doesn’t move around. And when we place implants it also helps prevent bone loss. As we age, if you’re a denturist and have no teeth, the bone starts to reform. So what happens when we place implants is the bone looks at it as natural teeth and you keep that bulk bone there for the rest of your life. Marvelous. Every patient we’ve done it on has been absolutely thrilled.
Dental implants are synthetic tooth roots. They are tiny screws made of titanium, ceramic or another biocompatible material. Traditional implant placement is a multi-step process. First, the dental surgeon makes a hole in the gums, embeds the implant, closes the gums, and waits for the screw to fuse or become one with surrounding bone. When osseointegration is complete, the implants dentist uncovers the implant and attaches the replacement tooth or denture on top.
There are many types of dental implants; some are designed to be placed on dense bone, while others can be placed on thinner bone. Whatever the type, dental implants are superior to other teeth replacement methods because implants restore a missing tooth from the root to the crown. No restoration is as stable or lifelike. It’s like “growing” new teeth!
When you have a regular denture, a removable denture, over time the bone continues to resorb. So even though it fits now, five years from now the bone is going to be smaller, the denture doesn’t change in size, so you have to either get a new denture or have it relined. Over several cycles, now you don’t have any bone left.
What happens when we place implants, is the body looks at that implant just like it would a natural tooth. The bone maintains, it doesn’t resorb, so that denture is going to fit the same way it does now five years from now, ten years from now. You may need some maintenance, changing some of the retainers that hold it in, but you’re going to have bone as you get older. It’s not going to be a situation where we have to look at you and say, I’m sorry Mr. Smith or Miss Jones, you don’t enough bone to hold the denture in anymore.
Ideal candidates for implant placement are those in good health and with good jawbone quality, although certain types of implants can be used if you have with poor jawbone density. Only an implant specialist can determine if dental implants are right for you.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Marrero, LA and how they can change your life, please visit Lapalco Family Dental today. Schedule a consultation by calling us at 504-264-6461 or using our online appointment form.