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What Is An Implant?

Illustration of embedded dental implantAn implant mimics the entire form of a natural crown and the root. Essentially, it’s an artificial root. The outer surface of the implant is biologically compatible with the oral cavity and jawbone. Our teeth have a portion that sticks out of the gums that we all see called the crown. The portion below the gums is the root. So an implant is simply an artificial root, on top of which we build an artificial crown or crowns.

Are Implants A Proven Solution?

Dental implants actually have been placed and proven for many years. Because of the aging population, millions of dental implants are replacing missing teeth. Dental implants continually become easier for Dr. Appleton to place in a patient’s mouth. Cost continues to inch downwards. And, technology makes dental implants more reliable so patients can realistically expect a lifetime of service from their dental implants.

What Are The Advantages Of An Implant Compared To Just A Bridge Or Partial Denture?

There are many. First of all, we don’t have to work on the other teeth in your mouth. So we can preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible. Another advantage is that it functions just like your teeth did before. You can maintain it at home, just like you maintain your natural teeth: brushing it, flossing it, rinsing it – and all the things we recommend that you do every day.

What Is Involved In Placing Implants?

First, surgery is performed to place the implant. Up to six months may be required for the bone to grow around the implant to firmly hold it in place. In certain cases, dentists can use techniques that may allow immediate use of the implant. Some implants require a second surgery in which a post is attached to connect the replacement teeth. With other implants, the implant and post is one unit placed in the mouth during the initial surgery. After healing, the replacement tooth is made and fitted to the post portion of the implant. Because several fittings may be required, this step can take one month or longer to complete.

Will I Look Younger?

By preventing jawbone loss that would normally occur after removal of teeth, your facial structures remain normal and intact. The chances of wrinkling and the look of old age before your time are less likely. Every day that you continue to wear conventional dentures or have missing teeth, bone loss will occur and the aging look is accelerated. Dental implants will preserve the bone levels, and soft tissue, cheeks, lips and chin will keep their volume, preventing that “fallen-in” look. In some cases, such as complete teeth removal, the lower one-third of the face collapses if dental implants are not placed to preserve the bone.

How Could Implants Change My Life?

Implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. You will feel more confident and enjoy smiling, laughing and talking to others.

Will I Be Able To Chew My Favorite Foods?

Fresh vegetables, corn and fruit are back on the menu. You can now again eat the foods you like. This quality alone is enough to make you feel more alive and vibrant. Chewing is improved and your digestion will be better as well.

My Dentures Have Embarrassed Me More Than Once. Will It Get Better?

When you go out in public, no more tight-lipped smiles or covering your mouth with your hand to hide an unsightly gap. Sneezing, coughing, talking, eating and laughing can be done with total confidence. No more flapping, floating or clacking dentures! For our denture patients this means no more fear of a denture popping out or gagging you. The appearance of your new smile will have people giving you compliments galore.

Will I Be Able To Get Used To My Implants?

By replacing the entire tooth, as well as the tooth root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth, with a strong foundation that allows for comfortable biting and chewing. Also, nothing in the mouth will look or feel false or artificial.

How Will Foods Taste With Implants?

Foods and drinks will taste better. Wearing an upper denture normally covers the palate, which results in impaired tasting. With dental implants, the palate is left uncovered and you will be able to taste and feel foods as you chew.

Will I Still Have To Use Denture Adhesive?

Since implant supported teeth are securely attached to the implants, there is no need for messy denture adhesives.

Are My Replacement Teeth Going To Look “Different” Than My Natural Teeth?

All of your new teeth will match beautifully with your natural teeth. We are able to artistically create beautiful restorations that look so much like real teeth that your own mother couldn’t tell the difference.

How Many Of My Natural Teeth Will You Have To Grind On?

Dental implants do not rely on your existing teeth for anchorage. Unlike dentures or dental bridges, dental implants are like having your own teeth back, without relying on other teeth to keep them secured. The adjacent teeth are not compromised or damaged.

How Long Will My Implants Last?

When well looked after, your dental implants will possibly outlast you. Dental implants are for life. They are not susceptible to decay or any dietary factors that normally cause natural tooth decay or destruction.

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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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