A dental implant is a natural-looking artificial tooth made of a post, an abutment that attaches to the implant, and a crown. The post is embedded into the jaw bone, similar to a natural tooth root. Over time, the post will fuse with the jaw bone and create a solid foundation to support the implant. Once healed, the crown is placed over the post.
Dr. Smith and Dr. Ferguson offer a variety of dental implant treatments in Metairie, LA. We can provide immediate dental implants on the same day as tooth extraction, single or multiple implants, or provide you with a brand new arch of teeth through full-arch restoration. Contact Oral Surgery Services today to schedule your consultation.
Dental implants are ideal for replacing a missing or damaged tooth. They offer patients a natural-looking and fully functional solution. Patients who receive dental implants can eat the foods they love and smile with confidence. You can learn more about dental implants by watching the patient videos below. These stories will help you understand what to expect when you come in for your placement procedure.
When you visit Oral Surgery Services for your consultation, Dr. Smith or Dr. Ferguson will evaluate your oral health and walk you through all of your treatment options. We will take 3D scans of your mouth and face, which are used to plan the exact placement of your dental implant. We will form a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan to ensure optimal results.
We will also discuss your anesthesia options. IV sedation is most often used with dental implant surgery and allows you to rest in a sleep-like state during the surgical procedure.
On the day of your dental implant placement, we will first administer the selected form of anesthesia. Once it has taken effect, your surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue and insert the implant post. If you are having a tooth extracted and an immediate implant placed, we will carefully extract the tooth and insert the implant into the empty tooth socket.
In some cases, bone grafting may be necessary to rebuild the jaw bone before receiving a dental implant. In cases of moderate to severe bone loss, you will undergo bone grafting treatment prior to receiving your implant. This allows more people to become suitable candidates for dental implants.
Once the dental implant is placed, your surgeon may use dissolvable sutures to close the incision. You will rest in our office until the anesthesia wears off. After undergoing IV sedation, a responsible adult must drive you home after surgery and should monitor you for 24 hours.
If you have crowns, bridges, or dentures, our oral surgeons can replace them with an implant-supported denture through full-arch restoration. After full-arch restoration, you will have a new arch of teeth that looks and feels natural. You can enjoy all of your favorite foods without discomfort and without having to remove a denture to eat.
At Oral Surgery Services, we stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry to provide patients with exceptional care and results. We have locations in Metairie and Gretna and are only 20 minutes away from New Orleans. Schedule your consultation today to explore your tooth restoration options and begin your journey to a healthier smile you can feel confident about!
The cost of dental implants varies depending on your specific needs. Factors such as the number of implants you need, your choice of anesthesia, type of insurance, and if you require additional procedures will contribute to the total cost. We will provide you with a cost estimate during the initial appointment.
With regular dental care and good oral hygiene, your implants can last a lifetime. You may need to replace the crown at some point in the event of trauma or due to wear and tear, but the implant post itself is designed to last for many years.
Most patients experience little to no discomfort during the dental implant procedure because of anesthesia or sedation. After the surgery, some swelling or discomfort can be expected, but will subside in a few days. We make every effort to ensure your comfort throughout your oral surgery treatment.
Oral Surgery Services provides dental implants and other tooth restoration options to patients in Metairie, LA. If you have questions about replacement teeth with dental implants, talk to one of our experienced oral surgeons at Oral Surgery Services.