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How do Dental Impants Work?

If you are already missing or are on the brink of losing any number of teeth teeth, you can enjoy a wonderful replacement with dental implants in New Orleans. Most healthy adults are eligible for this comprehensive solution that can help you speak, smile, and eat with total confidence once again. Find out more about dental implants, including how they work, how many teeth they can replace, and what you can expect from the procedure from the team at Canatella Dental.

Dental implants work by replacing your missing tooth’s root structure as well as the visible crown that helps you chew and speak properly. The titanium implant post is surgically placed beneath the gum line, and it is restored with the prosthetic tooth replacement after a healing period of several months. Dental implants are the only truly comprehensive solution currently available, and they provide unsurpassed stability and a long-lasting solution for your smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Implant dentistry offers the following benefits for people who have suffered tooth loss.

  • Replaces the whole tooth structure for a natural-looking replacement
  • Restored ability to eat without difficulty so you can maintain a balanced, nutritious diet
  • Promotes better oral and overall health
  • No need for messy denture adhesives for full-arch replacement
  • Can correct prior dental misalignments
  • Lasts for many years with proper care

How Many Teeth Can Dental Implants Replace?

Dental implants can be used to replace anywhere from a single tooth to an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. An implant-supported crown fills the gap left by one tooth, a removable partial bridge replaces several teeth, and an implant-retained complete denture gives you back your smile after total tooth loss. Your dentist will discuss how many implant posts are required for your tooth replacement in an implant consultation.

What to Expect from the Dental Implant Procedure

A dental implant procedure is completed in two phases. First, the implantation of each dental implant is performed surgically under local anesthesia and sedation as needed. Dr. Canatella performs implant placement from the comfort of our state-of-the-art office.

After your implants have been placed, a recovery period of four to eight months is necessary for complete healing. During this time, the titanium implants promote bone growth so the posts become fully integrated with the jawbone.

After this process, known as osseointegration, takes place, the dental implants can be restored with the prosthetic tooth or teeth. The implants are exposed once more and special connecting abutments are attached to the top of each post. After one more brief healing period, the implants are restored -- and the process is complete! Dental implants can last for many years with proper maintenance.

Interested? Talk to Us Today

If you are concerned about missing teeth and would like to discuss whether or not dental implants are a suitable choice for your tooth replacement, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your dentist in New Orleans. Request an appointment at Canatella Dental today!