If you've lost a tooth, your surest bet for secure and enduring replacement is the dental implant. At Nguyen Dental Care in Prairieville, Dr. Paul Nguyen places and restores these artificial teeth, surgically inserting the titanium implants into the jaw and restoring them with metal posts and ceramic crowns. The results are truly outstanding.
Tooth loss is one of the most unfortunate oral health conditions. Resulting from decay, periodontal disease, accident, or infection, tooth loss impacts:
- Position and strength of remaining teeth
- Personal appearance
- Self-image and confidence
- Size, density, and shape of underlying gum tissue and bone
Despite modern dental techniques, oral hygiene habits and products, people still lose teeth. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that 120 million Americans have lost at least one tooth and a full 36 million or more have no teeth whatsoever.
What if it happens to you?
All it takes is a motor vehicle accident or a failed root canal procedure. Then, you must replace the missing tooth as soon as possible. Dental implant restorations are the best possible option because they look natural, bite well, and keep jaw bone and gum tissue intact.
Dr. Nguyen will evaluate your implant site and overall oral health with a complete examination and CT scan at his Prairieville office. Dental implants require sufficient bone in the jaw; so if your imaging shows yours to be thin, the dentist can reinforce it with synthetic or natural bone grafting material, explain experts at the Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. While grafting slows down the implant process by many weeks, it works well, giving the doctor a solid foundation to insert the titanium implant screw.
Dr. Nguyen uses BioHorizons dental implants, custom-sized and shaped to fit perfectly into your prepared tooth socket. The jaw bone and the implant fuse through a natural process science calls osseointegration. Once the process is complete, you can receive a metal alloy extension post and custom-crafted porcelain crown to restore your new tooth.
Life with your new tooth
Your implant is restored and usable. Now what? Will it last? Your dentist has several important tips to keep your dental implant restoration serviceable for year to come:
- Brush two times a day for two minutes with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
- Floss with the flossing product you prefer at least once a day to remove plaque.
- Stop smoking to keep the surrounding gums and bone healthy.
- Wear a bite guard at night if you clench your teeth.
- See Dr. Nguyen twice a year for professional cleanings and examinations.
Talk to us
At Nguyen Dental Care, we'd love to tell you all about dental implant restoration. Call the office in Prairieville, LA, for a convenient appointment at (225) 673-1647.