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Dental Implants Replace West Monroe Teeth

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If you’re tired of living with missing teeth, consider dental implants or implant-retained dentures. As the most reliable option for replacing missing teeth, dental implants do not slip or slide, and if cared for properly, they can last a lifetime. In addition, implant patients never have to grapple with messy denture adhesives or unreliable natural suction. Instead, implant restorations and implant-secured dentures are held solidly in place with small, titanium posts anchored in the sockets left by missing teeth.

Dr. King Scott can place and restore dental implants in the comfort of our state-of-the-art dental office. You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing that the dental professionals you trust are in control of your dental implant procedure. Candidates for dental implants must have sufficient bone density and good oral health. Both of these issues can usually be corrected to improve a patient’s candidacy for the procedure. Dr. Scott works with oral surgeons when necessary in an interdisciplinary approach for preliminary implant procedures.

If dental implants are right for you, Dr. Scott will schedule a brief surgery in our West Monroe, LA office. He’ll place small, biocompatible implant posts into the sockets left by your missing teeth. These posts act as replacement teeth roots. After your bone tissue naturally fuses with the implant posts, Dr. Scott will secure individual replacement teeth (called restorations or crowns) or he can create a special denture that will snap onto the posts.

Multiple Benefits of Dental Implants

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What can dental implants in West Monroe do for you? A lot, really. Take some time to consider the numerous advantages of implant dentistry like a healthier jawbone, easier eating, clearer speech, and more.

A few of the most significant benefits of dental implants include:

  • By replacing the tooth’s root as well as the visible crown, dental implants closely mimic the natural tooth structure.
  • Because they are so similar to your natural teeth, good dental hygiene and maintenance are as easy as ever with dental implants.
  • Easier chewing! Even biting into fresh apples and corn on the cob is possible with dental implants.
  • Clearer speech without unexpected lisps or whistles.
  • No worry or discomfort from an ill-fitting tooth replacement and no need for messy denture creams or adhesives.
  • Bite issues (like overbite, crossbite, and underbite among others) can be improved with dental implants.
  • Dental implants fit just like they should from day one and for years to come.

There are a number of benefits associated with dental implants, but perhaps the most significant is the fact that when cared for properly, they can last for a lifetime. Other tooth replacements require periodic replacing, costly undertakings that really add up over time. Avoid dental implant failure with proper dental hygiene, including twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular visits with your dentist in West Monroe.

Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges

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There are multiple options available for implant restoration, depending on the extent of the patient’s tooth loss and the goals they have in mind for their new “teeth.” For instance, if only one tooth/implant needs to be rebuilt, an all-porcelain crown is the ideal addition, as it won’t threaten the health of surrounding natural teeth. Alternatively, consecutive missing teeth can be replenished by placing two dental implants on either side of the gap to support an implant-retained bridge.

Implant-Retained Dentures

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Dental implants are so versatile that they can even be used to recreate an entire arch of teeth with exceptional aesthetic and functional value! This method is typically more cost-effective for patients with significant tooth loss, as Dr. Scott will be able to anchor the new prosthetic to a small number of strategically placed implants instead of restoring each implant individually. Your new denture can be permanently fixed in place or designed to remain removable for patients who are used to their previous habits.

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Mini Dental Implants

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There are a few prerequisites to being able to successfully receive dental implants, including a healthy amount of jawbone density in the requested area. Unfortunately, years of prolonged tooth loss can cause the tissue to deteriorate. Miniature dental implants are a valuable alternative for patients who cannot have traditional implants placed but would still like to reap the health and longevity benefits of the implant model.

All-on-4 / Teeth-in-a-Day

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Beyond the traditional model of dental implants, All-on-4 (also referred to as “Teeth-in-a-Day”) is another excellent reconstructive option that can replenish an entire arch of missing teeth in record time. Like the name implies, your prosthetic will be held in place over just four implants that are angled at strategic positions throughout the bone to provide optimal stability. Better yet, the denture can be attached immediately following the surgery, which means you’ll leave our West Monroe office that same day with a brand-new smile.