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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?

Are Dental Implants Safe 2By 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 advanced technology, longevity, and improved quality of life are taken into consideration, the value received is evident.

What is dental bone grafting?

When we think of the bones in our body, we obviously think of the skeleton as the framework that keeps us upright. We know these bones can change over time, explaining the growth process of the human body and diseases such as osteoporosis, and your jaw bone is no different! This is the bone that helps support your teeth.

There are many disease processes that can cause your jaw bone to resorb or break down, such as from periodontal disease. Bone resorption inside your mouth can cause many dental problems. Your facial appearance can be affected, causing a gaunt, hollow look in the cheeks, an “aged” look. That bone loss can also affect the ability to perform tooth replacement procedures, such as implants. No worries though, modern dental bone grafting techniques give way for more people than ever before to have beautiful, healthy smiles.

What is Bone Grafting?

In general, according to Healthline, “A bone graft is a surgical procedure used to fix problems with bones or joints. It is also useful for growing bone around an implanted device.., where there is bone loss or a fracture. A bone graft may fill an area where the bone is absent or help provide structural stability.”

Dental Bone Grafting

Here’s how the US National Library of Medicine puts it, “Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from patient′s own body, an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute. Bone grafting is possible because bone tissue has the ability to regenerate completely if provided the space into which it has to grow. As natural bone grows, it generally replaces the graft material completely, resulting in a fully integrated region of new bone.”

This procedure not only gives health and strength to the jaw bone, but it also helps in preparation for dental implants. For dental implants to be stable and strong, they need to have 1 – 2 mm of bone totally surrounding the whole length of the implant. The Mayo Clinic, along with other medical websites, list dental bone grafting on the list of possible procedures (when needed- if the jaw is not big enough) for implants!

Dr. Lalonde is a board-certified implantologist and therefore specializes in dental implants for every need. He’s an excellent resource to gauge what you need to pursue the smile of your dreams. Contact us today for a consultation at the office to meet Dr. Lalonde and this amazing team!

Should I Get Dental Implants, Dentures, or a Bridge?

Adult tooth loss comes in many shapes and sizes. Whether the loss was from an injury, gum disease, or other causes, there are millions of people affected by it. It causes challenges in self-esteem, chewing, and facial aesthetics, but, fortunately, tooth loss can be treated in many ways. Experts these days provide several options for people with one or more missing teeth, so inquiry about dental replacements is a great way to begin finding out what those are!

Here are some dental replacement options coupled with their definitions. With this information, along with direction from a dental professional, you can accurately assess your personal dental replacement needs!

Dental Implants

Dental implants provide the closest way to restore missing teeth, compared to the original, natural tooth. According to WebMD, “Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Advantages of dental implants include improved speech, appearance, comfort, and convenience.” Implants require the same maintenance as your regular teeth! Learn more about dental implants here!

Dentures

Dentures are generally considered partial dentures or complete dentures. Another article from WebMD states: “A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues … Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.” Some partial dentures can even be considered a bridge (see below)! Dentures have their own benefits such as cost efficiency, and, in some cases, immediate access after tooth removal. Click here for more information on dentures!

Bridge

A dental bridge, very practically, bridges a gap formed by a missing tooth. Healthline 4 says it like this: “A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap.” There are actually 4 different types of dental bridges! Click here 4 for a breakdown of all those types.

As a board-certified Implantologist and a Prosthodontist, Dr. Lalonde 1 offers patients the comfort and confidence of knowing they are in good hands. Dr. Lalonde is one of only 15 board-certified implantologists in the state of Indiana. His advanced training combines with almost 40 years of clinical experience to produce consistently beautiful and healthy, long-lasting smiles.

Click here to explore our website for more information on restorative dentistry from Dr. Lalonde!

Considering Dental Implants?

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