Dental Implants in Shreveport, LA
Losing a tooth does not need to permanently affect the aesthetics of your smile or disrupt the positioning of your remaining teeth. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant helps you regain all of the function and confidence you enjoyed with a full set of natural, healthy teeth.
By recreating the crown (the visible part of the tooth) and the root (the unseen part of the tooth that anchors it to the jawbone), dental implants allow you to bite, chew, speak and smile comfortably. You can enjoy your favorite foods, enunciate clearly and share your gorgeous smile with the world.
What Are Dental Implants?
Most prosthodontists agree that dental implants are the most reliable and lasting way to replace missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a post or screw that is implanted in the jawbone and topped with a false tooth. The post and false tooth are connected by a piece called an abutment. Implant posts are usually made from titanium materials, because titanium has the unique ability to fuse with natural bone. When the post and jawbone fuse, it creates a very strong foundation for the false tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Look, feel and function like natural teeth
Dental implants recreate a healthy, complete smile. They are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Implants restore the ability to bite and chew efficiently and without pain. They also restore the ability to enunciate clearly.
Strong and stable
Dental implants do not shift or slip around in the mouth, causing slurring or embarrassing clicking or popping noises. Because of the strong bond created when the implant post and jawbone fuse, implants remain stable and secure virtually indefinitely.
A single dental implant post can replace a single missing tooth. Several implant posts can retain a bridge or partial denture to replace several missing teeth. Four to six implant posts can support a complete denture appliance to replace all of the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw.
Promote oral health
Dental implants do not rely on the adjacent teeth for strength or support. The surrounding teeth do not need to be shaved down or modified to accommodate the implant; this is optimal for their long-term health and stability.
Implants also prevent the jawbone from shrinking due to lack of use. This prevents the collapse of the facial features due to deteriorating jawbone. It also prevents other teeth from becoming loose or falling out due to shrinking jawbone.
Implants do not require any extra maintenance; they are as easy to care for as a natural, healthy tooth. They can be brushed and flossed normally.
Dental Implant Placement Process
The process to place a dental implant involves three steps.
First, the implant post is surgically placed in the jawbone. An opening is made in the jawbone beneath the gap left by the missing tooth, and the post is placed in the opening. Next, the post is left to integrate with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This normally takes three to six months or more. Finally, the top of the post is uncovered and an artificial tooth is mounted to the top of the post.
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