Dental implants offer Cormier Family Dentistry patients a structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing option to replace missing teeth or reinforce other dental work. We strongly recommend that patients who undergo tooth extractions or are otherwise missing teeth seek continued treatment to replace the missing teeth as well as to maintain the structure and integrity of your other teeth. Dental implants offer patients an effective and durable new root topped with an aesthetically pleasing crown designed to match the rest of the patient’s smile.
While many of our Minden area patients are familiar with other replacement methods like dental bridges and dentures, not everyone knows about the benefits of dental implants. We strongly recommend dental implants to replace teeth as they provide a durable solution to replace missing teeth that also preserves the beauty of the natural smile.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant creates a permanent new root for your missing tooth. This new root is a titanium screw that is placed in your jawbone. The bone will grow around the new implant making it a permanent fixture of your jar. This root will then be topped with an abutment and a crown that looks like a natural tooth.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
The main difference between an implant and dentures is that patients may completely remove dentures, whereas the titanium dental implant becomes a permanent fixture in your mouth. Some patients find the care and keeping of dentures to be off putting. Dentures are also bulky where an implant eventually feels like a natural tooth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
We recommend dental implants first and foremost because they look and operate just like your real teeth. This allows you to eat, drink, and speak normally. The structural depth of an implant makes it sound reinforcement for the rest of mouth’s structure. The procedure is also highly effective and relatively inexpensive compared to similar procedures.
How much do implants cost?
The price of dental implants varies. Most insurance plans cover dental implants. Our staff will be able to help you determine how your benefits apply to a dental implant procedure, and will work with your insurance company to help you realize your full benefit. If you are not insured or have limited insurance coverage, our office also offer generous financing plans to help breakdown the cost of the implant over time.
Do dental implants hurt?
During the procedure we will employ a local anesthetic to numb the area. There may be some associated soreness after your procedure, but no more than what is experienced with other normal dental procedures. If you are concerned about anxiety related to the procedure, we offer several sedation options that may help you relax during the procedure.
How long do implants last?
With proper care, your dental implant should last your entire lifetime.
If you have more questions about dental implants or wish to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please contact our Shreveport office at (318) 868-4072