Hello Monroe! Welcome back to the dental health blog of the Bayou Dental Group offering family and cosmetic dentistry. As the calendar turns to November, are you getting ready for the holidays? Thanksgiving will be here shortly with all the fun and family time that holiday entails.

If you’re preparing for the holidays, there’s a lot of work to be done. You need to start Christmas shopping, and gather all the food you need for your Thanksgiving feast. That’s not mention that cleaning that must be done to host a holiday party, or the travel plans that might need to be made.

One thing that may not make your list is dental work. But truth be told, dental work can be important this time of year. For our next few blog posts, we’re going to discuss some of the treatments available at Bayou Dental Group which can prepare you for Thanksgiving. We’ll take about how sedation dentistry can help you relax even during this stressful time of year. We’ll look at how restorative dentistry can relieve a toothache in time for turkey. We’ll also discuss how professional teeth whitening can get you smile ready.

But today we want to talk about dental implants. Dental implants are the leading way to replace missing teeth. Missing teeth have several obvious drawbacks during the holiday season. Missing teeth can cause you shame and embarrassment, making you feel like you look uneducated or unprofessional. That can make you extremely reluctant to smile for a holiday photo.

But missing teeth also have negative implications beyond just cosmetics. A single missing tooth may not seem like that big of deal when it comes to your health; but one missing tooth can quickly lead to multiple missing teeth. Chewing causes some stress on your teeth; a healthy, full-set of teeth is designed to handle this stress. But when you’re missing a tooth, the stress on your remaining teeth can increase causing your remaining teeth to loosen and decay. Go too long with a missing tooth, and your jawbone will start to deteriorate.

In the past, people with missing teeth can to use dentures to solve the problem. But thanks to advances in dental technology, we can now replace a missing tooth with a dental implant. A dental implant is a replacement tooth that is anchored directly into your jawbone; this makes a dental implant a secure and stable replacement for a missing tooth. Dental implants can benefit your smile, increase your self-confidence, and keep your jawbone and remaining natural teeth from deteriorating.

A dental implant acts as a synthetic tooth root for your missing tooth. Dental implants are generally small posts constructed out of titanium; we insert the post into your jaw through a pain-less surgical procedure. The post will actually fuse over time with your jawbone, as if it was a natural tooth root. That means it’s almost as strong and stable as your god-given teeth.

Once the post has been placed into your jaw, we can place one of several different dental restorations on the dental implant. If you only have a single missing tooth, we can place an incredibly lifelike dental crown on the post. If you are missing several teeth in a row, we may use a dental implant to anchor a dental bridge of replacement teeth. We can also install a series of four to six dental implants to hold an entire denture; with implant-retained dentures, you never have to worry about your dentures falling our or sliding out of place.

Dental implants come a variety of amazing benefits for your oral health. Unlike dentures which require adhesive and be quite uncomfortable, dental implants provide you with maximum comfort and stability. This means that your chewing ability will be fully restored; steak, raw vegetables, and whatever your heart desires can be back on the menu. Dental implants can last decades if you take care of them, plus they help you to preserve the health of your jawbone.

Make An Appointment

If you have missing teeth, this could be the year that you finally do something about it. Dental implants from bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA can give you the confidence you need to smile. Plus you’ll be able to eat that turkey leg without fear of it being difficult to chew. Make an appointment by calling our office at 318-302-4236.