When you were younger, you probably know someone who wore dentures.

This may have been a grandparent, a family friend, or someone you know from church.

As a child, you may have found it amusing when this person’s dentures would come loose. For that matter, he or she may have popped out the dentures just to make you laugh.

Well, you are a little older now, and you may have lost some teeth of your own. You may even be worried that you will be that older person with dentures some day.

Before you start to believe that continued tooth loss can’t be stopped, contact Bayou Dental Group. Our office is located in Monroe, LA, and we offer a number of permanent tooth replacement options.

This could help you now or in the future.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can be used for a lot of reasons. One of them is to repair damaged teeth or to replace lost teeth.

Let’s start with a repair.

If you were involved in an accident, your tooth may have become chipped or broken. If you suffered from tooth decay or an infection, you tooth may become weak or sensitive. Either of these situations could make it difficult to eat.

Part of you may even wish to have the problematic tooth pulled out, but that really isn’t necessary. A dental crown can restore your tooth instead.

Rather that removing your entire tooth, we can reshape the crown. By removing the parts of your teeth that are damaged or decayed, we preserve the healthy root of your tooth. This serves as a solid foundation for your dental crown.

And since we offer CEREC same-day crowns, you won’t have to spread out your treatment over multiple visits. You can come in. We can reshape your tooth, and we can bond your CEREC crown before you leave.

But what if your tooth is knocked out completely? What if the decay is so bad that you really do need to have your tooth pulled?

No need to be concerned. Dental crowns can help with that problem, too.

We can pair your dental crown with a dental implant, which is a titanium cylinder that replaces the root of your tooth. The implant will act as an anchor and provide support for your dental crown.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are made with multiple dental crowns that have been bonded together.

If you are missing two or more teeth, then we may recommend a bridge for you.

A traditional dental bridge is held in place by a pair of abutment crowns. These are the two crowns on either end of the bridge.

To place a traditional bridge, we will reshape the two teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. When your abutment crowns are bonded in place, they will provide the support for your bridge. This will allow to you continue eating just like you did with your real teeth.

As an alternative, we can place your dental bridge on dental implants. By doing this, you will be replacing the missing roots, too, and you won’t have to remove anything from two otherwise healthy teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Let’s say the worst-case scenario does happen. You have lost every tooth in your mouth, or you have lost several teeth and the rest will need to be removed.

Are you stuck being the entertaining grandparent who pops out his or her dentures to amuse young children? Only if you want to be that person.

With implant-supported dentures, you have the most complete teeth replacement option available.

Using our 3D imaging technology, we can more precisely place your dental implants to provide the maximum benefit to you. A series of implants working together provide a solid, firm platform to place your dentures.

It’s even possible to use as few as four or six implants to do this. Our All-on-4 and All-on-6 implants are a more affordable but comparably effective way to get the benefits of implant-supported dentures.

Be Prepared

Our hope is that your teeth will remain healthy and strong throughout your life. But we also know that tooth loss is quite common in the United States. An estimated 35 million Americans are missing at least one complete arch of teeth.

Understanding your options can help you make the right decision you if the time comes when you do need a tooth or teeth replaced. If you have any questions about dental implants or any of our other services, feel free to contact the staff at Bayou Dental Group.

You can call our dentist office in Monroe, LA at 318-302-4236 or fill out our online appointment form to schedule a visit.