4 Questions to Ask About Dental Implants

4 Questions to Ask About Dental Implants

Do you want your smile back? You should consider dental implants to get your smile and health back. Canatella Dental offers dental implants so call us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We have two locations to serve you in Metairie LA, and New Orleans LA!

Dental Implants Near Me in Metairie LA, and New Orleans LA

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a form of tooth replacement that uses a custom-made tooth prosthetic combined with a titanium implant for a stronger, more natural end result. Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jaw, with the implant fusing to your jawbone as you heal, similarly to how a tooth’s natural root would. Once the implant has fully fused to the jaw and the mouth has healed, usually around 3 to 6 months, a prosthetic tooth is attached to the post. This gives the prosthetic tooth a strong, solid base to be mounted on. Unlike bridges and dentures that are removable, a dental implant is permanent which provides the patient with a more comfortable, natural look by not having to worry about their teeth shifting around while they go about their day. Dental implants can be done on one or more teeth, depending on the patient’s needs, budget and overall health.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants have many benefits for their recipients. As they are surgically implanted into the jawbone to mimic a tooth’s natural root structure, they can be a permanent solution when properly cared for at home and through regular dental visits. They are built to work within the patient’s natural jaw structure so that the new tooth or teeth will align with the existing teeth as well as looking and feeling like the rest of the patient’s natural teeth. No one other than the patient and dentist will know that the patient has implants, which will make the patient feel more confident about their teeth and smile. The tooth doesn’t require any special cleaning or care, the implant recipient will clean the implanted tooth the same way as they clean the rest of their teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. The permanent structure of the tooth also means that the patient is able to speak clearly and confidently, without having to worry about a denture or bridge shifting or potentially falling out while they’re talking. It also eliminates the lisps and whistles that can happen when there are gaps in the teeth, or with poorly fitted dentures and bridges.

What is the cost of dental implants?

The cost of dental implants will vary depending on an individual’s needs as well as the other factors such as the cost of materials, how extensive the surgery is and the doctor’s costs. Patients will need to work with their dentist to determine if dental implants are right for them and their dentist can help them to understand the financial investment based on their personal situation. A single dental implant can cost on average between $3,000 and $4,500. While dental implants are typically considered to be cosmetic, and therefore not covered by dental insurance, there can sometimes be exceptions. Patients should work with their dentist and their insurance company to see if any of their procedures can be covered by the benefits. Dentists also offer payment plans for procedures like this, so speak with your dentist to explore monthly financing options.

Does Canatella offer dental implants?

Yes, Canatella does offer dental implants. Dr. Todd Canatella uses a state-of-the-art dental imaging machine to confidently and precisely plan each patient’s implant procedure to minimize the extent of surgery required. Through the imaging machine, they are able to gauge how much bone there is in the patient’s jaw, if the implants will require stents, exactly where the implants are going to be placed and other key information needed to determine the details of the surgery. By having all of this information readily available during the planning stage, it allows the dentist to give a more accurate outline of what the treatment will look like, as well as minimizing the invasiveness of the procedure itself, providing the patient with comfort and confidence in what to expect during and after their implant procedure. 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.