New Orleans Dental Implants Dentist Questions and Answers
If you are looking for a more permanent solution to your missing teeth, but want a natural look that offers functionality and long-term benefits, dental implants may be for you! call us today at Canatella Dental or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 101 W. Robert E. Lee Blvd, Ste. 305, New Orleans, LA 70124.
What Are Dental Implants?
Many patients we see have suffered from previous tooth loss due to dental issues like tooth decay, periodontal disease or dental injury. With the newest technology and advanced improvements in the dental industry, dental implants are available to patients who may be dealing with tooth loss or other dental issues. Dental implants may be a good fit for you if:
- Jawbone that has reached full growth
- Adequate bone to secure the implant into, or if a bone graft is an option
- Healthy oral tissues
- No other health conditions that may affect the healing process
- Unable or unwilling to wear dentures
- Improve speech
- Willing to commit to several months of the dental implant process
- Does not smoke cigarettes or other products
Dental implants have a strong base for permanent replacement teeth which are customized to fit and match the patient’s other natural teeth.
How Are Implants Inserted?
Dental implants are done during dental surgery. The patient will either be sedated or given freezing before the surgery, the oral surgeon will make a cut to open the gum and expose the bone underneath. Holes will be drilled into the bone where the dental implant will be placed. Since this metal post will be served as the tooth root, it will be implanted deep into the jaw bone below the gums.
A partial temporary denture can be placed here for appearance purposes only if needed, however most patients will have a gap still where the tooth is missing until it has healed. The patient can remove the temporary denture for cleaning purposes and while they sleep.
The jawbone will grow and unite with the surface of the dental implant, this process can take up to several months to complete, but it helps to provide a solid surface for the new artificial tooth to be fixed permanently and securely.
Once the healing has completed, an artificial tooth is placed.
How long does it take to recover after the procedure?
Depending on if you have dental implant surgery done in one stage or in multiple stages, you may experience some of the common discomforts which are associated with any type of dental surgery, these include:
- Swelling of the gums and face
- Bruising on the skin and gums
- Pain at or around the implant site
- Minor bleeding
Your dentist may prescribe pain medications or antibiotics after your dental surgery. If swelling, discomfort or any issues become worse within the days after surgery, contact your oral surgeon immediately.
Each patient will deal with the recovery different, as some may have a shorter or longer recovery than others. However, the average length of time for recovery after dental implant surgery could take around a week or so to heal. Once the bone has integrated with the dental implant which can take on average of four to six months, the second part of the dental procedure can take place.
How much does it cost to have dental implants in New Orleans?
Each dental clinic may have differing quotes when it comes to the cost of dental implants, when considering dental implants, taking note the cost of dental implants will include several important factors into the cost of them, including:
- Longevity of the dental implants
Comparing the cost of dental implants to other replacement methods for your teeth like dentures or bridges. Taking into consideration the longevity that is offered by dental implants compared, as other methods may not offer the same longevity.
- Jaw bone health
Over time, your jaw bone starts to deteriorate when there is no longer a tooth there. While other tooth replacement methods may seem like a good option for a missing tooth, under the surface the damage is still being done to the jaw bone, which will ultimately change the facial structure.
- Quality of life
Dental implants are an investment for the long term, but also an investment for your quality of life, as it offers the closest thing to a natural tooth that you can get in terms of tooth replacement methods.
- Comparison of dental implant quotes
When comparing quotes, you need to take into consideration the following that goes into the cost of dental implants:
- Exams/Office Visits
- Tooth/Root Extraction
- Bone Grafting
- Placement of dental implant
- Placement of the crown
- X-ray’s, pre/post operation care
- Financing options available for dental implants
Does your insurance carrier cover a portion of dental implants, if so, call the dental clinic to see if they accept your insurance provider, it can help with the cost of a dental implant procedure?
- Scheduling a consultation
The only way for any patient to receive an accurate price quote for dental implants is to schedule a dental consultation with our doctors at one of our clinics, as each case can differ depending on the severity of the missing tooth/teeth and other underlying factors. Call us today to book your consultation appointment, or simply book an appointment online!
We serve patients from Metairie LA, New Orleans LA, Harahan LA, Jackson Square LA, Bella Chasse LA, St. Bernard LA, Meraux LA, Chalmette LA, Jefferson LA, River Ridge LA, and Kenner LA.
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