People of all ages suffer tooth loss, mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. For those in the Metairie, Louisiana, area, dental implants are a practical and efficient treatment option. At Metairie Village Dentistry, Lisa Wyatt, DDS, and her team can help you regain your beautiful smile so you can eat, smile, laugh, and enjoy your daily activities without worry. To learn more, make an appointment online or by calling the office today.
Dental implants are metal posts or screws that act as tooth roots. Dr. Wyatt places the dental implant in your jawbone. The implant then fuses with your jawbone to create a strong, stable foundation to place a crown on top. Dental implants are considered the strongest device available to support replacement teeth.
First, Dr. Wyatt helps you create a treatment plan based on your individual needs. Dr. Wyatt takes great care to ensure that your gums are healthy enough to support the implant. If not, she may recommend a gum graft before implantation. Next, she places the dental implant into the bone socket of the tooth that needs replacing.
During the healing period, which takes months, the jawbone heals around the dental implant and anchors it into place. After the healing period is over, a small connector post known as an abutment is attached to the dental implant.
Finally, Dr. Wyatt attaches the crown to the dental implant.
Dental implants are advantageous for many reasons. One of the main concerns people have about replacement teeth is the way they look. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.
Since dental implants are permanent, they don’t slip or move like dentures might. The permanence of the implants leads to improved speech and easier eating when compared to dentures. Many patients report that dental implants are much more comfortable than dentures, too.
Dental implants also lead to improved oral health. Decaying teeth can host harmful bacteria that cause various oral health issues. Missing teeth can cause bone deterioration and make other teeth shift out of place. Implants eliminate these issues and can improve your overall oral hygiene.
Dental implants also boost self-esteem. Not having to worry about your smile and missing teeth leads to increased confidence and a better sense of self.
You receive local anesthesia during dental implant surgery, making it a pain-free treatment. After the dental implant procedure, some patients experience mild soreness for a short amount of time. You can use over-the-counter pain medications if necessary.
Dr. Wyatt at Metairie Village Dentistry ensures that you are as comfortable as possible before, during, and after the procedure. To start the process of receiving your dental implant, call the office, or request an appointment online.