Whether your missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be used to restore your smile. Dental implants are one of the most natural looking, durable and lasting solutions for replacing missing teeth. They are designed to mimic the natural tooth root, providing a stable foundation to help support a denture, dental crown, or dental bridge. Opting for dental implants can improve the stability of the bite and the overall health of the gums and bone.
When applicable, we will suggest dental implants to restore missing teeth. To ensure patients are receiving the most advanced care, Dr. Andrews works in coordination with a local specialist for the surgical phase of the dental implant process. For the restoration portion of the dental implant process, Dr. Andrews performs the placement of the crown, denture or bridge in the comfort of our Destrehan dental office. The goal is to provide patients with long-lasting, optimal results to support their long-term dental health and quality of life.
As an experienced restorative dentist, Dr. Melanie Andrews is committed to offering the most reliable, high-quality solutions for missing teeth. As a Restorative Advisor for Crescent City Study Club, Dr. Andrews is committed to continuous education and the current developments, technologies, and treatments in the field of dentistry in order to offer the best possible patient experience and results.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for missing teeth. A dental implant is designed to mimic the appearance and function of the natural tooth root, therefore creating a stable foundation used to support a custom-designed restoration. The dental implant is comprised of three parts:
- The Implant Post: The implant post is surgically attached into the jaw bone.
- The Abutment: The abutment is the connector between the dental implant post and the restoration
- The Restoration: The final restoration depending on the location of missing teeth and the number of missing teeth. Patients may receive a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture as their long-term implant secured restoration.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options. They are considered one of the most successful tooth replacement options on the market. Not only do dental implants replace the missing tooth but they also encourage jaw bone regeneration, stabilize or improve gum health, and support long-term dental health success. In addition, dental implants:
- Improve a patient’s ability to chew and speak normally and comfortably
- Minimize facial sagging and changes in the bite as a result of the bone loss in the jaw
- Provide a natural looking, comfortable solution for missing teeth
- Last many years with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to a trusted dentist
- Do not need to rely on neighboring teeth for support
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
In most cases, the ideal candidate for dental implants will be in excellent oral standing –meaning the candidate will be in good oral and overall health as well as have an adequate amount of bone structure and healthy gum tissue needed for the implant procedure.
For patients who don’t necessarily fit the description of the ideal dental implant candidate, other preparatory measures may be taken–such as bone grafting or sinus augmentation. Together, you, Dr. Andrews and a specialist will assess the situation and determine whether or not dental implants are right for you.
Schedule A Consultation
At Plantation Road Dental Care, we work closely with a local specialist for implant placement. We believe working in collaboration with a specialist ensures our patients are receiving proper placement which results in predictable, long-lasting results. If you would like to learn more about the dental implant process, visit our Destrehan dental office. To schedule an appointment, call (985) 231-2770 or request an appointment online.