Reclaim Your Smile with Dental Implants
Dr. Mitchell Pierce has been using dental implants at his Metairie, LA, practice to repair the strength and appearance of smiles with missing teeth for more than two decades. These embedded posts serve as artificial tooth roots and hold permanent restorations in place with unparalleled strength and stability. To learn more about dental implants, contact SmileSolutionsDMD today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Pierce.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are small metal posts that are surgically placed in the jaw to support a crown, bridge, or denture. When compared to traditional restorative treatments, supporting your restoration with dental implants offers patients some unique benefits. Since implant-supported restorations are secured by artificial tooth roots, your prosthesis will not move or slip out of position, so you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Implants are also extremely durable and can last for a lifetime with proper care. Not only do dental implants restore the look and function of your smile, they also offer benefits to your overall oral health. After losing a tooth, the surrounding area of the jawbone will begin to atrophy, or shrink. Dental implants return stimulation to the jaw, helping to halt this bone loss.
Dental Implants Candidates
Good candidates for this restorative treatment are patients with one or more missing teeth or those who will be undergoing an extraction. Patients should be in good overall health, and any problematic conditions will need to be addressed prior to implant placement. When determining your candidacy, one of the most important factors is the strength of your jaw. Implant patients must have adequate jawbone strength to support the embedded posts. If you do not qualify because of insufficient jawbone density, Dr. Pierce can perform surgery to improve your candidacy.
Site Preparation Techniques
Based on your needs, Dr. Pierce can use several surgical procedures to rebuild your tissue so that it can support implants. These techniques include:
- Bone graft: Dr. Pierce will place bone tissue and attach it to the weakened area of your jaw to restore strength and volume.
- Sinus lift: This procedure involves placing a bone graft between the jaw and the sinuses for patients seeking to receive implants in their upper arch.
- Bone expansion: Dr. Pierce can enlarge and increase the density of your natural bone by placing an expander to stimulate new tissue growth.
Types of Dental Implants
Dr. Pierce offers multiple types of implants to suit his patient’s distinctive needs and preferences. He offers traditional titanium implants, which offer the highest level of strength and durability. Patients with limited jawbone density can receive smaller “mini” implants without the need for a preparation procedure. He also offers blade-form dental implants, which are used for patients with narrow lower jawbones that cannot support a traditional implant. In some cases, Dr. Pierce can use a special process to convert a traditional denture into an implant-support prosthesis using as few as two implants. He can review the different types of implants with you during a personal consultation.
Implant Site Preparation
Many patients who want to enjoy the benefits of dental implants will find they do not qualify for this treatment because they lack enough bone tissue to hold the metal posts in place. If you have been precluded from receiving dental implants in the past because of insufficient bone density, Dr. Pierce can perform a range of implant site preparation treatments to improve your candidacy. Based on your needs, he can augment your tissue by performing a bone graft or sinus lift. In some cases, he can perform a bone expansion procedure to stimulate new, denser bone growth.
Learn More about Dental Implants
As an experienced implant dentist, Dr. Pierce will custom-tailor treatment according to your unique needs. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment and learn more.