October 4, 2021
Dentures may have served you well in recent years, but you just feel like it’s time for a change. You want something more permanent that will enable you to eat, speak, and smile with the utmost confidence.
You’ve heard a lot about dental implants and the impact they can make for someone, but it’s a big decision so you want to find out what they feel like. Keep reading to hear from an implant dentist in Marrero about what to expect and how they can help you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Traditional tooth replacements only bring back the crowns of missing teeth, but dental implants take it a step further to incorporate roots. A small titanium post is surgically placed in your jawbone where your tooth root used to be. It will fuse with surrounding tissue and bone to create a sturdy foundation. An abutment, or connector piece, is secured on top of the implant to hold the lifelike crown, bridge, or denture in place.
Do Dental Implants Feel Like Real Teeth?
Upon getting dental implants, some patients feel a sensation that’s a bit strange when they are trying to eat. This is not a surprise during the healing process. You will adjust and become more comfortable with the things you are used to doing, such as eating.
Eventually, your implants will feel just like natural teeth. There’s no lingering taste of metal to worry about so you can focus on tasting all your favorite foods!
What Are Some Benefits of Dental Implants?
Beyond feeling like natural teeth, dental implants have plenty of other positive attributes:
- Longevity: Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care, or at least 20 years to put a number on it. With its integration into the jawbone, the implant makes for a powerful, long-term replacement tooth.
- Prevent Bone Loss: When there is no tooth, your jawbone deteriorates due to lack of stimulation. If no implant is placed in the first year of losing a tooth, there will be a 25 percent loss of bone volume that will continue over the years.
- Stabilize Adjacent Teeth: The gap from a missing tooth can cause nearby teeth to crookedly shift toward it, which can affect your bite, ability to chew, and appearance. A poor bite opens the door for issues with your temporomandibular joint like pain and headaches.
- Avoid Facial Sagging: This can be a result of bone loss due to missing teeth. The lower third of the face starts to collapse, gradually closing the distance between the tip of the nose and the chin. It can result in a person looking a lot older than their true age.
Dental implants bring a lot to the table, so they should be on the shortlist of your considerations for tooth replacement. During a consultation, your dentist can evaluate your candidacy for implants and answer any questions you might have. Don’t wait to secure your future smile!
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the LSU School of Dentistry. He opened Lapalco Family Dental right after graduation. Dr. Landry has completed thousands of hours of continuing education with a substantial amount focusing on dental implant surgery. If you are interested in dental implants, he will handle all placement and restoration in one location, plus insurance is accepted and financing is available. To schedule a consultation, visit his website or call (504) 348-0080.
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