Dental Implants – Covington, Louisiana
Complete Your Smile Following Tooth Loss
With a very high success rate of around 95%, dental implants have evolved in dentistry as a viable solution for tooth replacement. At MoreSMILES, many of our implants are placed here in the office and then restored by one of our three qualified doctors. Implants are used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even full dentures. The implants are placed into the jawbone which grows around the implant to secure it. Then the porcelain restoration replaces the missing tooth on top of the implant.
Thanks to technology like the Galileos 3D imaging system, Dr. Moreau is able to use guided surgery to more accurately insure the implant is placed in a way that will allow for the most aesthetically pleasing result. This technology also allows Dr. Moreau to view bone and sinus before, during, and after placement to aide in assuring the placement is successful. When you’re ready to begin your safe, comfortable, state-of-the-art tooth replacement plan, call MoreSMILES Dental Spa to schedule a dental implant consultation in our Covington office.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many reasons why patients choose to move forward with dental implant tooth replacement plans. Some of the benefits that make this a viable treatment option for just about any patient include:
- You’ll achieve and maintain the optimal level of oral health and function thanks to the replacement of both the tooth roots and crowns.
- Because the root structures are replaced, your tooth replacement prosthetic will be completely self-sustaining, and it will not adversely impact the health and function of surrounding teeth or oral structures.
- Once in place, dental implant supported restorations have a 90 to 95% success rate after twenty years, making them the longest lasting restoration option.
- Because implant supported tooth replacement closely resembles natural tooth structures, it will look and feel more like your healthy, natural smile.
- Advanced implant supported partial and full dentures are able to restore 70% or more healthy chewing function, allowing patients to consume a wider range of nutritious foods than is possible for those using traditional dentures.
Dental implants are so successful because of their unique structure – by replacing both the crown (the white, visible portion) and the root of the natural tooth, the patient is able to enjoy enormous health and aesthetic benefits that will keep them smiling brightly for several years to come. The implant itself is the replacement for the root, and with the help of state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Moreau will be able to precisely and safely ensure its ideal placement.
Indications for Dental Implant Restoration
Following the surgical placement of the new implant(s), patients will need time to heal; this breathing room allows the implant to form a strong and gradual bond with the natural oral tissue, setting the stage for custom-made restorations. Depending on the number of teeth that require replacement and the patient’s personal preference, we may recommend individual dental crowns or an implant-retained prosthetic to recreate your strong, natural-looking smile. Our in-house prosthodontic specialist Dr. Israel Finger is here to help with complex cases, which means patients can enjoy added convenience without sacrificing high-quality results.
Replacing a Single Tooth
To replace one tooth, a dental implant post will be surgically positioned into the gum line. Then, a dental crown will be attached to the implant seamlessly repairing your smile.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
To replace two or more missing teeth in a row, we’ll use two dental implant posts to support a fixed bridge restoration. Like traditional bridges, an implant fixed bridge prosthetic is anchored to support structures at either end, but unlike traditional options, implant-retained bridges do not have an adverse impact on healthy tooth structures. For consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, a partial denture will be used to fill in the gaps in your smile. We can typically use between two and four strategically positioned implant posts to provide support for the partial denture.
Replacing All Teeth
To replace a full row of teeth, implant supported dentures are recommended. In most cases, we can use four to six implant posts to support the full denture, recreating healthy, flawless smiles that last a lifetime.
All-on-4 Implant-Retained Dentures
For some patients, traditional implant dentures aren’t necessarily the right option, and All-on-4 may be a valid alternative. With All-on-4, our dental team is able to restore an entire arch of missing teeth with just four strategically placed implants instead of requiring one implant for each tooth. In addition to the reduced cost, All-on-4 also allows patients to have their smile restored with a stable, aesthetically pleasing denture on the same day as their initial implant placement, which means they’ll spend virtually no time without the fully confident smile they need and deserve.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Before we begin your dental implant tooth replacement plan, we’ll take the time to review every step of the process, the costs associated with each, and help you plan to budget for the price of implant supported tooth replacement plans. We will be happy to process and file insurance claims to maximize any available coverage and partner with you to access low and no interest financing. Every dental implant restoration plan is different, and there are a number of factors that impact pricing. Some of the considerations to keep in mind include:
- The number of missing teeth
- The material used to craft implant posts
- The surgical placement of implants, including the use of dental sedation as necessary
- The need for preparatory tissue grafts or tooth extractions prior to implant placement
- The cost of the abutment posts and their placement
- The type of dental restorations you need – crown, bridge, or denture