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Dental Implants

Even a single missing tooth can impact your ability to eat and speak, and can lead to jawbone atrophy.

Dental implants can pair with a variety of restoration treatments to restore oral function and prevent jaw deterioration. 

The dentists at Oak Harbor Family Dentistry in Slidell, LA, craft custom restorations for your dental implants using advanced technology.

What Are
Dental Implants?


Dental implants are posts made of titanium or ceramic that are surgically placed in the jawbone. They act as prosthodontic tooth roots, providing much-needed stimulation to your jaw to prevent deterioration. Dental implants are combined with other restoration treatments like dentures, crowns, and bridges to replace one or more missing teeth.

Who Can Benefit From Implants?

Dental implants can provide a host of oral health benefits for patients suffering from:

Missing Teeth

Implants are most commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can be caused by trauma, poor dental hygiene, gum disease, or even genetics.

Severe Decay

Decay can often be treated with fillings or a root canal and a crown. However, sometimes the decay is too severe and the tooth cannot be saved. In this case, an extraction may be necessary. An implant paired with a custom restoration like a crown can replace the missing tooth.

Dental Trauma

Trauma to the natural tooth can cause damage that leaves a tooth unable to be saved. In this case, it may be recommended that the tooth be extracted and replaced with an implant and custom restoration.

A Closer Look at Dental Implants

Implants are surgically placed in the jaw and fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. These titanium or ceramic posts provide stimulation to your jawbone that helps keep it strong and healthy. We partner with trusted dental experts in the Slidell, LA, area for implant placement surgery. 

Why Choose Oak Harbor Family Dental?

The dentists at Oak Harbor Family Dentistry in Slidell, LA, craft custom crowns and bridges to pair with your dental implants using state-of-the-art CEREC technology. This accelerates your treatment timeline as you do not have to wait weeks for your restoration to be created in a lab. Paired with dental implants, these restorations can restore both the function and appearance of your smile. Dr. Michael J. Appleton and Dr. Christopher Braud have over 25 years of combined experience restoring smiles and helping patients speak and chew normally again. 

Not sure if dental implants are right for you? Contact or call our office or request an initial consultation online today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.


Five-Star Reviews From Happy Patients


Durund Elzey


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This dentist is the best dentist I've ever been too. it gives you a cozy atmosphere, amazing staff, and comfortable dentist chairs. I love this dentist and the staff. BEST DENTISTIN SlIDELL

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Katrina Griffin


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Professional staff who are warm & caring to patients. Missy, DH is the best! Everyone is always polite & smiling. They make it so easy to keep up with your bi-yearly visits.

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See How Implant-Supported Dentures Can Replace Your Missing Teeth!

Dental implants anchor dentures directly to the jaw
Implants provide unparalleled stability by fusing with your jawbone, creating a stable base for a full-arch denture. Your restoration will be attached to the implants via abutments (connector pieces). Together, the implants, abutments, and dentures give you a complete smile that won't shift out of place. 

Advanced Technology at Our Slidell practice

We can craft your custom crown or bridge in-office using our advanced CEREC technology. This allows our dentist to skip the messy putty impressions and fabricate custom crown and dental bridge restorations in as little as an hour.

If you need dentures, the digital impressions will be sent to our trusted lab where they are crafted and returned to our Slidell practice within four to five weeks.

What Other Patients Say About Oak Harbor Family Dentistry


Frank Allen


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Recently moved to south Louisiana and was referred to Oak Harbor Family Denistry by a colleague. Every staff member I spoke to or interacted with was fantastic. The facility is state of the art and the quality of care was the best I have experienced in years. Dr. B and Carlie treated me like family - seriously, top notch team and flawless results. Thank you!

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Ash Dude


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Very clean office and helpful and friendly staff. It has been about 8 years since I became a patient here, and I always recommend them to anyone who looking for a dentist or is not satisfied with their current dentist office. They also provide a nice range of services which is pretty cool.

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Oak Harbor Family Dentistry

Dr. Michael J. Appleton has practiced dentistry in Slidell, LA, for over 20 years. He works alongside Dr. Chrisopher Braud and an experienced team to offer general, cosmetic, and restorative services to patients of all ages. Dr. Appleton is proud to be affiliated with:

  • New Orleans Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Lake Pontchartrain Study Club (a Seattle Study Club)
  • Louisiana Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics

You can request an appointment for yourself or a family member by filling out our online form or calling (985) 649-9455.

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