Dental Implants: From Root to Crown

implant imageIf you are scheduled for a dental implant procedure, or are considering the likelihood of scheduling one with your Lafayette, La dentist, you may be curious as to how an implant works. Dental implants are used to restore missing teeth, integrating a post, attaching an abutment, and setting a crown. The anchor is made of titanium, which the jawbone fuses to after the implant is surgically inserted. Once the anchor is in place, and the jawbone has healed/fused, an extension is attached to the implant, called an abutment, and then a crown is secured to the abutment. The end result is a secure, strong, natural looking tooth.  

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental Implants offer various benefits compared to traditional dental prostheses, including;

  • Prevents denture slippage
  • Does not rely on surrounding teeth for support (like conventional dental bridges)
  • Jawbone deterioration is reduced by replacing the stimulation of lost teeth roots
  • More durable and longer-lasting than traditional prosthetics

An Alternative to Dental Implants

The density of your jawbone can determine if Dr. Young suggests using something other than a dental implant. Mini dental implants (MDIs) are an alternative to traditional dental implants that also consist of titanium posts, but that do not require complex bone grafting to fortify the jawbone. If you’ve lost a significant amount of teeth long ago and your jawbone has become too week support full-size dental implants, then MDIs may offer a similar support system for your replacement teeth, but without the need for implant surgery. To find out if dental implants or their smaller alternatives, MDIs, are right for you, then speak with Dr. Young by scheduling a consultation at your earliest convenience.

About Dr. Young

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Young, contact our Lafayette dentist office at 337-237-6453. We serve families living in Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities. Dr. Young also invites you to find us on Facebook, where you’ll find news, tips, and valuable resources.