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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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At Scott M. Hannaman, DDS our entire dental team believes that patient education is a crucial part of helping people make the best decisions about their oral health. We encourage you to ask questions when you have them. For your convenience, the dental team at Scott M. Hannaman, DDS, has included some of the most common questions we hear below. If your question is not listed here, please give our dental office a call or ask us when you are in for your next dental appointment or dental cleaning in Lake Charles, LA.

Dental Implants

image of a patient with tooth pain in need of a root canal or dental implants lake charles la

Dental Implants

Dr. Hannaman and Dr. Hebert perform implants in our office or in conjunction with a periodontist or oral surgeon.  Our in-office implant placement involves up-to-date technology to allow CBCT (3-D) guided placement. This allows the doctors to know the exact depth, width, and angle of placement prior to the patient sitting in the chair. The doctors place the implant into the jaw bone and after a three to four month integration period, the doctor will then add an attachment (abutment) to the implant to build the crown, bridge or support for a denture or partial denture. In some cases, you can have a crown placed the same day.

Root Canals in Lake Charles, LA

Dr. Hebert and Dr. Hannaman refer out most root canal treatment to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dental specialist who completes two or more years of additional training following dental school. We provide emergency services to make you comfortable and refer to the endodontist if necessary.

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Don't hesitate to contact our Lake Charles LA dentist office. We are more than happy to answer any other questions you might have about root canals or dental implants!


Having one or more missing teeth can not only significantly impact how you look, but it can also affect how you eat, chew, or even speak. It can also affect your self-esteem. We offer two popular tooth replacement procedures in Lake Charles, LA to address these issues: dental implants and dental bridges.

While these two dental treatments address many of the same challenges, they are both very different. At Scott M. Hannaman, DDS, we want our patients to consider all points and factors and understand what each procedure entails. Together, we can determine which option is perfect for you and your needs. 

What Is a Dental Implant?

Diagram of dental implant at Lake Charles dentist officeWhen a tooth is lost, it takes the root with it. Your tooth root is instrumental in stimulating jawbone health, preventing neighboring teeth from shifting and further tooth loss.

Dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement option that replaces the root with a biocompatible titanium screw. Your restorative dentist in Lake Charles, Dr. Hannaman, will secure the dental implant to your jawbone and allow it to heal over several months. 

Once it has healed, we attach a natural-looking dental crown.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges use existing teeth to help fill a gap in your smile by supporting a bridge. We use the two neighboring teeth on opposite sides of the missing tooth to anchor the artificial tooth in the space by crowning these neighboring teeth with dental crowns. 

Dental bridges in Lake Charles, LA look natural and are more cost-effective. 

Our Lake Charles Dentist Will Help Inform You

While the end decision is up to our patients, we are always happy to educate and inform. The right option takes into account your lifestyle, budget, and specific needs. Contact our dentist office in Lake Charles to get started with dental implants or bridges!

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