At Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery in Slidell, LA, we care about providing optimal results for our patients. Patients who suffer from missing or failing teeth often encounter a variety of oral health problems, and many people experience diminished self-esteem. Dental implants offer a permanent and secure tooth replacement solution that restores oral health and function and allows you to eat and smile with confidence.
There are three parts to a dental implant: the post, the crown, and the connecting abutment. First, the oral surgeon will place the post into the jaw bone. Over time, the post will fuse with the jaw bone to create a secure foundation for the replacement tooth. The crown is designed to blend naturally with the rest of your teeth and is secured to the post by the abutment. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dr. Brown is an expert at several tooth replacement options and can place your dental implants in our office in Slidell, LA.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are such a popular tooth replacement option for a good reason. Some common benefits include
- Secure and permanent solution. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. Because the post integrates with your jaw bone for a secure prosthesis, you can enjoy eating the foods you love.
- Natural features. Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. The crown is fabricated to look like your other teeth, restoring your facial aesthetics.
- Restores oral health. Bone loss is a common consequence of missing teeth. Missing teeth can also create other complications, such as dental shifting, jaw misalignment, speech and eating difficulties, gum disease, and more. Dental implants restore the natural shape of your jaw and preserve bone.
- Many patients are candidates. In general, patients are healthy enough to receive dental implants if they are healthy enough to undergo a minor dental procedure, such as a tooth extraction. Sometimes a bone graft is necessary before receiving dental implants to restore the lost bone.
Your first step in the dental implant process will be a consultation with Dr. Brown. He will perform a complete oral examination, review your health history, and create a treatment plan just for you. Anesthesia options, such as IV sedation, will be discussed at this time. If necessary, additional imaging may be taken. Your consultation is also the ideal opportunity to ask any questions. We will send you home with pre- and post-operative instructions. It is important that you review these instructions to reduce your risk of complications and ensure a smooth recovery.
Many times, a dental implant can be placed right after an extraction which immediately preserves bone loss and oral function. Your oral surgeon will place the dental implant post at the extraction site where it will fuse with the jaw bone.
If you have missing or failing teeth and are curious about your tooth replacement options, contact our office in Slidell, LA, to schedule an initial consultation.