Happy holidays Monroe! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Bayou Dental Group. When it comes to the holidays, certain things go together quite well. Milk and cookies for Santa. Ornaments and lights for the tree. Family time and fun during the evenings. Smiling faces and photos for the scrapbook.

But if you’re missing teeth, you might feel a bit hesitant to smile. Many patients often assume that full dentures and partial dentures are the only effective way to replace missing teeth. But we offer a range of other options for replacement teeth at Bayou Health Group in Monroe, LA, including dental implants, mini dental implants, All-On-Six dental implants, and All-On-Four dental implants.

Missing teeth carry a host of negative consequences for your health, including your oral health, mental health, and overall health. At the Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA, we love helping our patients fill any gaps in their smile to prevent these consequences to their health.

Your oral health is affected because missing teeth can make you more likely to lose your remaining teeth. This is because your teeth start to shift slightly when there’s extra space in your mouth. This shifting will cause them to loosen, and can lead to them falling out. When your teeth fall out, you can also experience bone loss because your jaw will start to shrink because it is accommodating fewer teeth.

Your mental health is affected because missing teeth can make you embarrassed to smile. Numerous studies have shown that smiling is actually an effective way to prevent depression. Missing teeth can also adversely affect your self-esteem and self-confidence.

Sadly, the problems caused by missing teeth don’t end there. Missing teeth can also harm your overall health. Because missing teeth make it more difficult to eat, you may start to seek out softer and softer food. Because you’re missing out essential nutrients like fiber and protein, you may begin to suffer malnutrition. Malnutrition is has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.

At this point, you may want to know how to replace missing teeth. At the Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA, we recommend dental implant procedures for replacing your missing teeth. Dental implants are an artificial tooth root made out of titanium. The implant is placed into your jawbone where in integrates with with the surrounding bone. Dental implants are then used as a base for replacement teeth.

If you need to replace a single missing tooth, we place an incredibly lifelike crown on the dental implant. Once the crown has been placed it, it will function just like your natural tooth. Dental implant restorations have nearly the same chewing ability as a natural tooth.

If you need to have all of your teeth replaced, we also offer the All-on-Six and All-on-Four methods of dental implants. Using six or four dental implants, we stabilize an entire set of permanent dentures. Because fewer implants are used, these methods can be more affordable than traditional dental implants. These dental implant procedures provide a great deal of support and stability. Once your replacement teeth have been placed, you’ll be able to use them in the exact same manner as natural teeth.

We also offer mini dental implants at Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA. Mini dental implants are placed in the same manner as traditional dental implants, but are smaller and skinnier. This means mini dental implants can often be placed in patients who lack the bone density necessary for traditional dental implants. Mini dental implants are often less expensive than traditional dental implants as well, making them a good choice if you’re on a budget. We can use mini dental implants to stabilize dental bridges and dentures.

Make An Appointment

Are you interested in learning more about non-removable replacement teeth? Then schedule a consultation at the Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA. Dr. Finley will be happy to explain your various options for replacement teeth and dental implant procedures.

Are you ready for a smile that you are proud of? Then say goodbye to missing teeth by calling our office at 318-302-4236. The Bayou Dental Group is proud to serve Monroe, LA, and the surrounding areas.