What are implants?
Implants are the only dental prosthetic that can replace missing teeth from root to crown. They are artificial teeth roots, surgically placed into the empty sockets left by missing teeth. Dental implants can hold individual crowns or anchor a bridge, partial, or denture.
Benefits of implants
Dental implants are comfortable, strong, stable, and durable enough to withstand the crushing pressure of your jaws and the criticism of your most discerning friends. Implants act like natural teeth to help you chew and speak as nature intended, and they require no special maintenance. Treat them like your natural teeth: brush, floss, and visit Dr. Young for six-month checkups and cleanings.
Procedure for implants
First, Dr. Young will take x-rays of your jaw and teeth to determine the precise location for your dental implants. During a brief surgery, the doctor will secure the implants in place. Over the course of a few months, jawbone tissue will naturally fuse with the implant post in a process called osseointegration. You’ll wear a temporary crown, bridge, partial, or denture until the implant is completely secure. Then, Dr. Young will replace the temporary with a durable, highly esthetic permanent prosthetic.
If you want to replace missing teeth, but you aren’t keen on implants, ask Dr. Young about a traditional bridge, partial, or denture. You may be a good candidate for mini dental implants, a special type of implants that stabilize dentures.
Dr. Young is trained and experienced in placing dental implants. He attended the Misch Institute, a renowned postgraduate dental education center that focuses on implants. If you’d like to learn whether implants are right for you, contact our family and cosmetic dentistry office in Lafayette, LA, at 337-237-6453, to schedule your consultation.