Are implants right for me?
In general, most people are candidates for dental implants, as long as they are in good health. Certain diseases or conditions can alter the implant process, so it’s essential to meet with Dr. Lalonde so he can assess your situation. Dr. Lalonde is happy to work with you to design a solution specific to your individual needs.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
The US National Library of Medicine 1 records the first-ever dental implants in 600 A.D., “Mayan population roughly around 600 AD where they excelled in utilizing pieces of shells as implants as a replacement for [lower jaw] teeth.” Wow! We’ve thankfully come along way since then, and now, over the course of over 50 years of modern implantology more than, “3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually.”
Every patient has their own unique plan and procedure when it comes to implants. That’s why it’s imperative for your overall health and safety to have a trained and highly skilled professional perform your procedure. You want the best of the best! Someone who won’t quit to give you the perfect smile you so dream and long for. It is a possibility when you’re in the correct providing hands! Fortunately, Dr. Lalonde is not only all of the above, but he is also actually board certified in this category, meaning it’s his specialty, and he’s set apart from the average dentist in dental implants! This is his focus and training, and he will strive to give you the smile of your dreams through cosmetic restorative dentistry.
What is the Dental Implant Procedure?
By definition, dental implants serve as a tool providing artificial tooth roots that are small, titanium roots. Everyone has heard of or has a friend with titanium, artificial hip or knee, and actually, these implants are made of the same titanium that dental implants are made of. So, therefore, since we know that artificial hips and knees are safe, we know that this metal is very safe and inert in the body. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry offers a synopsis of an average implant procedure.
“When dental implants are placed in your jawbone (A), they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns. A connector – known as an abutment (B) – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth (C).”
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are the best, long-term solution for missing teeth. They can last for decades with proper care. Following are some recommendations to maintain your implants:
Twice daily brushing and nightly flossing
Avoid opening hard “things” with your teeth, or chewing on tips of pens and pencils
Practice good overall health—refrain from smoking
A procedure done by Dr. Lalonde, a skilled Prosthodontist, will ensure a more secure and long-lasting implant
How much does a dental implant cost, and is it covered by insurance?
Many variables affect the cost for a dental implant procedure, such as patient needs, bone quantity, and amount of work required. Dr. Lalonde and the Lafayette Restorative Dentistry team will meet with you to design a treatment plan specific for your dental implants. We will work with you and your insurance company to determine the costs and coverage, if applicable, involved.
There is no denying the investment dental implants require. However, when the advanced technology, longevity, and improved quality of life are taken into consideration, the value received is evident.