Dental implants are a permanent and natural-looking dental restoration for patients with one or more missing teeth. By replacing teeth at the root, implants add structure and restore balance to the smile.
Dr. Gray Bailey provides dental implants in Prairieville, LA. Implants are restorative dental solutions that can replace a missing tooth or secure a dental bridge or denture. Dr. Bailey works with patients individually to find the best dental restoration possible. He evaluates the patient’s dental health, discusses concerns and goals to make appropriate treatment recommendations.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Replacing missing teeth not only helps patients regain their confidence but also allows patients to eat and speak with a full and stable bite. Dental implants do not require dietary restrictions and restore the natural chewing and bite function because they are a permanent fixture in the mouth.
Dental implants also:
- Have a 98% success rate
- Prevent further bone loss
- Improve speech
- Look and feel natural
- Stabilize the tooth root
- Protect surrounding natural teeth
If you have one or more missing teeth, please call Dr. Bailey for care at 225.452.4666. He will help determine which dental restoration is right for your particular needs.
Dental Implant Treatment in Prairieville, LA
We will refer you to an implant specialist for the surgical insertion of your dental implant. Implants are made up of a post, abutment, and dental crown. Treatment begins when the titanium implant post is screwed into the bone tissue. During a process called osseointegration, surrounding bone tissue will begin to integrate around the implant over time. The post is covered with an abutment that helps connect the implant and dental crown.
A denture or dental bridge may be attached by dental implants. Implants help provide a longer-lasting restoration and stimulate the jaw bone. They also create a stable foundation for the denture or bridge.
We can provide a dental crown to cap off the implant and abutment that connects the two pieces. Using CEREC technology, we can create dental crowns in just one visit to our dental office. Dr. Bailey will take dental impressions, mill the crown, and then fit the restoration on top of the implant.
How Do I Care For My Dental Implants?
Directly after your implants are surgically placed in your mouth, avoid hard and sticky foods like popcorn, hard candies, chips, apples, and steak. Avoid smoking and drinking during the osseointegration process. Smoking and drinking during this 3 to 6-month healing period can slow down the process.
Otherwise, dental implants can be maintained just like natural teeth. We just recommend that patients avoid toothbrushes with hard bristles, as this can scratch and damage your implants. Even after you receive implants, you are still prone to decay, so keep brushing and flossing between your implants to fight off gum disease.
Contact Our Prairieville Dental Office
Are you missing one or more teeth? Do you want a permanent tooth replacement that acts like natural teeth? Try dental implant treatment today. Call 225.452.4666 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Bailey on our website.