Tooth loss can have devastating effects, leading to impaired dental function, jawbone degeneration, and cosmetic concerns. Fortunately, Green Gregson Family Dentistry places and restores dental implants at our Metairie dental office. Dental implants are metal posts that can integrate with your jaw to support a range of dental restorations. These posts help restore both form and function to your smile and are the only type of restorative treatment that stimulates the jawbone to prevent bone recession and preserve oral health.
Dental implants are small, threaded titanium posts, which are placed in the jaw to replace missing tooth roots. These posts can become a permanent part of your jaw and serve as a solid base for aesthetic, lifelike restorations. Typically, a dental crown is supported by one post, a bridge by two or more posts, and a full denture by four or more posts. Abutments are then affixed to the tops of the implants to securely hold your restorations in place. These abutments and your dental implants create a lasting solution for tooth loss, and with proper care, can last a lifetime.
Jeffrey Gregson, DDS, and Randy Green, DDS have helped hundreds of patients undergo successful dental implant treatment using the most advanced technology currently available. With dental implants, you will have no dietary restrictions, and restorations are securely held in place so you will not need to worry about slipping dentures or unstable crowns and bridges.
One of the particular advantages of dental implants is the fact that they prevent bone loss. Unlike traditional tooth replacement options, implants stimulate the jawbone the same as natural tooth roots. This process, which helps your bone respond to mechanical pressure, is called the piezoelectric effect. When you chew, signals will transmit from your jawbone to your brain. In response, nutrients are sent to the bone to keep it healthy and robust. Implants continue to send these signals for decades and are considered to be the most successful and reliable tooth replacement option available today.
Because traditional alternatives such as bridges, partials, or dentures do not mimic natural teeth roots, bone density will decrease over time, resulting in jawbone recession. This degeneration of bone can lead to a lack of support for the facial structures, causing a concave or “sunken-in” appearance.
Replacing a tooth can be accomplished with a dental implant. A dental implant restores your mouth to optimal function; stabilizing the surrounding bone, tissue and teeth by substituting the root structure of the missing tooth. This helps to prevent further serious complications that can arise if the missing tooth is left untreated.
First, the site is prepared for placing the dental implant.
Second, the implant body is placed into the bone.
Next, the abutment, the base of your new tooth is placed into the implant body, and a crown is cemented onto the abutment.
With your implant placement complete, your tooth is restored to optimal shape and function, while continuing to stabilize, protect, and preserve the surrounding bone and tissue.
Aside from the obvious oral health benefits, implants deliver a wide array of additional advantages. Dental implants offer:
Dental implants are resilient and strong. They commonly last a lifetime with proper care, becoming a permanent part of your oral anatomy.
Restored dental implants can look and feel just like natural teeth. Modern restorative materials can be color-matched to blend with your smile for a brilliant, lifelike appearance.
When you are missing teeth, you may find yourself covering your mouth when you laugh or smile. Dental implants fill in the gaps for an aesthetic appearance and a considerable boost in self-esteem.
Traditional removable dentures can slip and lead to slurred and unclear speech. Dental implants function like natural teeth, so you can speak with confidence.
Once your jaw has healed around your implants, you will have no dietary restrictions. You can continue to eat the foods you love without worry.
Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay. However, it is important to brush and floss to avoid gingivitis and gum disease.
Dental implants are dependable and reliable when placed by an experienced dentist. Compared to alternative replacement options, implants boast an extremely high success rate.
When receiving a traditional dental bridge, your adjacent teeth must be altered to support the restoration. With dental implants, your healthy teeth are left intact, as implant placement does not affect healthy tooth structure.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT, is a specialized imaging device that uses a rotating cone-shaped x-ray beam to create a 3D view of the inner anatomy of your head and face.
CBCT scans are usually recommended by your doctor in situations where more diagnostic information is needed than a standard dental x-ray can provide. It enables them to visualize your bone structure, tooth position, soft tissues, and nerve pathways in detail.
Because of the level of detail provided, CBCT scans have several clinical applications, including: TMJ and skeletal evaluation, dental implant planning, airway examination, assessment of abnormal teeth, measurement of dental tumors, and more.
To capture the CBCT scan, the scanning arm rotates around the patient’s head and captures several exposures that are reconstructed into a single 3-D image. The process typically takes a minute or less to complete.
Once completed, the images are processed and analyzed, and your doctor will use the information gained to plan the best course of care for you.
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