How Can Implant Dentistry Help Restore the Function and Beauty of the Smile?
- Posted on: Jul 30 2019
There are many conditions that may develop within the smile that can cause patients to lose natural adult teeth. These include periodontal disease, tooth decay, failed root canal therapy, and even trauma to the smile. At Sullivan Dental Center, we educate patients on the reasons why a tooth should be replaced with a proper dental restoration.
Options available for tooth replacement
Drs. Frank Sullivan, Clay Couvillon, and Candice Sullivan who see patients with tooth loss are encouraged to visit with our team to learn about their options. The most common methods of tooth replacement include:
- Partial dentures
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
- Full dentures
- Implant-supported dentures
Of these solutions, dental implants are the most desirable.
Why choose dental implants?
The team at Sullivan Dental Care encourage patients to book a consultation appointment with our dentists to find out how dental implants work. These titanium metal posts are placed by the dentist during oral surgery into the bone of the jaw. This stimulates the growth of bone through a process known as osseointegration which can take several weeks to several month to occur. Once the dental implant is firmly in place, our dentists may restore it in a variety of different ways. The replacement of a single tooth is completed by placing an implant over the dental implant abutment. Several teeth may be replaced by covering it with a dental bridge or full dentures. The type of restoration needed for a patient will greatly depend on how many teeth they are replacing and how they would like to achieve the results.
Who is a candidate for implant dentistry?
Not everyone is well-suited for dental implants. We welcome patients in the community to request an appointment with our professionals to undergo x-rays and a full evaluation to determine candidacy. Patients appropriate for dental implants are those who have sufficient bone structure for successful oral surgery.
Ready to discuss the possibility of implants for your smile?
Contact our professionals at Sullivan Dental Center of St. Francisville, LA today to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants. The practice is located at 5436 Commerce Street and can be reached by phone to request an appointment at (225) 635-4422.
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