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What happens when you lose an adult tooth? More and more people every year get dental implants because they are much more stable than other methods of replacing teeth. Getting implants is as close as you can get to having your natural teeth back.
In the past dentists routinely used crowns and bridges to replace missing teeth. Dental crowns are made by grinding down the top of a damaged tooth and bonding a porcelain cap to it. A bridge (as you can see from the diagram) uses two crowns on either side of the gap to hold a suspended false tooth.
Another alternative is dentures, which can be less expensive but can slip or feel unnatural and awkward.
A dental implant is different because it fits securely into the jaw. Because of this, it will look and feel more like your natural tooth. The root of the missing tooth is replaced by an implant fixture and then a crown is placed on top. As you can see from this diagram it is not necessary to have neighboring teeth ground down.
It can be important to replace missing teeth in a timely manner to avoid long-term effects. When your teeth fall out (or are extracted) your body actually senses the loss and begins to dissolve away the bone that used to hold that tooth. Over ten or twenty years, if enough teeth are missing, you will experience facial collapse. Dental implants help prevent this.
There are two steps, surgery and prosthesis.
Dr. Theriot does both of these steps. He is unique among dentists because he is trained to do step one (the surgery) and step two (the prosthesis). As a result patients do not need to see an oral surgeon. The procedure can be completed seamlessly under our care alone.
Dental implants are not for everyone. You must be in good oral and general health to tolerate the surgery. Dental implants can require additional visits and may be more expensive than bridges or dentures. We have built a reputation for being mindful and caring when it comes to treatment options. Since we provide many different solutions to missing teeth we are certain that we can have you smiling soon!
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John C. Theriot DDS
Kayla Soirez DDS and Associates
We moved into a new state-of-the-art facility in Summer 2009
121 Rue Louis XIV, Suite 2
Lafayette, LA 70508
Phone - 337-984-3408
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