Dental Implants Can Provide Life-Changing Support for Restorations
Dental implants can provide unparalleled, permanent support to restorations. This treatment involves surgically placing small titanium posts in the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots and uphold a restoration. By replacing the entire structure of the tooth, you can achieve improved oral health and a beautiful smile. Dr. Edward J. Hebert and Dr. Scott M. Hannaman, in Lake Charles, LA, offer comprehensive treatment for full-size, traditional implants, including preparatory bone grafting, surgical placement of the implants, and restoration. Dr. Hebert and Dr. Hannaman have undergone extensive continuing education in dental implants treatment and can help you achieve the very best results.
Dental implants replace lost tooth roots and provide lifelike support to restorations for a complete, healthy smile.
Understanding How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are small, threaded posts, typically made from titanium. After these posts are surgically placed in the jaw, a natural process called osseointegration occurs which allows the metal to fuse with the bone. This process creates a solid foundation for crowns, bridges, or dentures.
When you come to our office, you can rest assured that we offer all services related to dental implant treatments under one roof for your comfort and convenience. We also use Straumann® implants, which have a 20-year track record of proven results.
Qualifying for Treatment
Patients who can benefit from dental implants are usually those who are missing one or more teeth, and whose jaw bone density can support implants. Conditions that may disqualify someone from receiving dental implants include:
- Uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease
- Blood disorders
- Immunodeficiency disorders like HIV
- Active periodontal (gum) disease
If you do not have sufficient jawbone strength or space, Drs. Hannaman and Hebert may recommend preparatory procedures such as bone grafting or a sinus lift to help ensure long-lasting results. Our cutting-edge technology, such as our cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanner, allows us to determine if you qualify for dental implants and plan the most accurate surgical procedures.
The Treatment Process
First, you will undergo an initial consultation so your doctor can conduct an examination and review of your medical history. We can also discuss any preparatory procedures you need to complete first, such as non-surgical periodontal treatment, a bone graft, or tooth extraction.
To place your dental implants, you will need to undergo two minor procedures in our office. During treatment, we can administer a local anesthetic and sedation to ensure your comfort. Next, one of our doctors will place the dental implants in your jaw. Our computer-guided surgical procedures allow for the most precise implant placement. After your surgery, you will need to let the implants heal and fuse with the bone for roughly four to six months.
Once you have fully healed, your doctor will place your customized abutments on top of the implants during a second procedure. These connector pieces will eventually be the foundation for your dental crown, bridge, or denture. We will then allow your gums to heal around the abutments, a process that usually takes about two weeks. When your gums are fully healed, our team will take highly detailed impressions of your jaw and gums to create your customized restorations.
If you want to benefit from quality dental implants treatment and enjoy the convenience of every stage of treatment under one roof, Drs. Hebert and Hannaman can help.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an advanced restorative option that provides lifelong benefits for your smile and oral health. Some of the life-changing advantages afforded by dental implants include:
- Superior support for crowns, bridges, and dentures
- Maximum comfort when chewing and talking
- No anxiety or discomfort caused by slipping restorations
- Improved confidence in your smile
In addition to providing the highest level of support to dental restorations, dental implants improve your oral health as a whole. These metal posts replace missing tooth roots, and send regenerative signals to the jaw. These signals can prevent bone loss that is otherwise unavoidable after tooth loss. With proper care, your dental implants can continue to improve your oral health for decades, and even the rest of your life.
Rebuild Your Smile
If you want to benefit from quality dental implants treatment and enjoy the convenience of every stage of treatment under one roof, Drs. Hebert and Hannaman can help. Contact our practice online or call us at (337) 474-4892 to learn more about dental implants or to schedule a consultation.