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Dental Implants

Dental implants have been around for thousands of years -  a woman's remains dated back to 600 AD that had shells in place of missing teeth has been discovered.  Dental implants today have a titanium or ceramic base that is implanted into the jaw bone to support a structure that looks like a natural tooth or set of teeth.  Dental implants are strong and can support bridges, crowns, partial denture, or dentures.  They provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures.

Reasons for Dental Implant

  • Improves appearance of smile
  • Replace one or more teeth
  • Worry about dentures coming loose or having to take them out in public
  • Do not require crowns on health teeth like bridges
  • Restore function and structure of your teeth (reverse bite imbalance, drifting teeth)
  • Replacement for loss of teeth due to periodontal disease
  • Can eat what you want to with dental implants
  • No special adhesives or cleaners are needed with dental implants
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues

The Process

The process of getting implants is dependent on each individual case and may require a number of visits over several months.Dental Implant

First, x-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  Then, the doctor surgically places a custom selected implant in the jawbone as a substitute for tooth roots to anchor a single crown, bridge, or denture in your mouth. In most procedures, the implant is placed during one appointment, but requires several checkups and after it heals the crown, bridge, or denture is applied. In some cases the definitive restoration or a temporary restoration is placed the day of the implant surgery( immediate loading).

Lafayette Dental Arts utilizes local oral surgeons or periodontists to place our patients’ implants then we work in conjunction with them to guide the patient through the necessary steps to the final restoration/prosthesis. Only ADA approved materials and technology are utilized for dental implants. 

With Proper care and regular dental exams, dental implants can last a lifetime.  Dental implants look and feel just like your real teeth -  you may forget you ever lost a tooth. If you think dental implants may be right for you, call our practice to schedule a consultation with Lafayette Dental Arts.

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