Dental Implant FAQ - Baton Rouge, LA

Considering Dental Implants?

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We know that a lot of questions can run through your mind when considering dental implants. Are dental implants worth the price? Will dental implant surgery hurt? What doctor should I trust with my care?

At Baton Rouge Oral and Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center we want to make this decision easy on you. As skilled specialists, we each completed four to six additional years of surgical training including the treatment planning for and placement of dental implants. As board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have been serving Baton Rouge for generations, we not only offer specialized training but more than 50 years of combined experience and have placed over 20,000 dental implants.

When it comes to your health, experience matters. That’s why we do everything possible to ensure our training, technology, and team are prepared with the most cutting-edge advancements in implantology. If you’re deciding whether dental implants are the right tooth replacement solution for you and still have some reservations, review our list of common questions below and give us a call, we’d love to answer any of your questions in-person during a personalized consultation at our Baton Rouge, LA practice.

Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implants are the only long-term tooth replacement solution that can restore the function, health, and aesthetics of your smile, just as a natural tooth. Each implant is made of a titanium screw, a crown or bridge, and an abutment that connects the two together. Each titanium post is placed directly into your jawbone for maximum stability. With the ability to last your lifetime, dental implants can restore permanent function after losing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full arch of teeth, all while looking and feeling completely natural.

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that mimics the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth. What’s even more important is how long they last. If properly maintained, implants can last for decades, if not more. Implants can restore 99 percent of function, allowing you to eat anything you want while looking completely natural and beautiful. Many of our patients notice an improvement in their physical health and emotional wellbeing, too.

If you have one, multiple, or a full arch of missing teeth you are likely a candidate for dental implants. You should be in good overall health and be free of any gum disease or infection. In some cases, you may have bone loss due to disease or untreated tooth loss. Our team is equipped to offer bone grafting treatments to help you qualify for dental implants. If you have existing medical conditions, our team of board-certified oral surgeons also has the expertise and training to offer custom-tailored treatment plans to ensure a successful surgery.

Even if you’ve been told you don’t have enough bone to support dental implants, you may still be a candidate at Baton Rouge Oral and Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center. Through bone grafting or sinus lift procedures we can rebuild bone in your jaw and fortify your smile’s foundation before receiving life-changing dental implants.

This is a concern we often hear. Dental implants are placed into your bone, which doesn’t have any nerve endings, so only local anesthetic is required to numb the treatment site. However, we provide a full spectrum of in-house sedation and anesthesia services including general anesthesia and IV sedation to ensure your procedure is comfortable, anxiety-free, and painless.

When placed by our experienced oral surgeons and properly cared for, dental implants can last for decades, if not a lifetime. We use the most cutting-edge imaging technology and implant surgical software to digitally plan your dental implant surgery. We actively take steps to ensure each implant post is precisely placed for the most long-term, reliable results.

Every patient and implant treatment is unique which means every treatment plan comes at a different price. During your consultation we’ll take into consideration the number of teeth that you need replaced, if we will need to perform a bone graft or sinus lift prior to surgery, if tooth extractions are necessary, and if any infection is present. Each of these procedures factor into your final dental implant cost. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team to receive a thorough assessment. We’ll evaluate your situation, assess your needs, and create an ideal treatment plan for you. We’ll also work with you to ensure your insurance is filed correctly and even provide third-party financing for low monthly payments.

A service we offer daily, our experienced oral surgeons have placed over 15,000 dental implants.

With our skill and technology, we consistently achieve superior results and high success rates of our implant treatments. While some general dentists are trained in placing dental implants, oral surgeons are experts in the complexities of the bone, tissues, and nerves involved. We are also medically trained to handle any complications that should arise during surgery or to help those with pre-existing medical conditions. Due to our anesthesia training and our hospital-grade facility, we also offer IV sedation and general anesthesia right here in our office for your convenience and your comfort. Our oral surgeons are the most qualified to perform any dental implant procedure, from single implants to full mouth rehabilitation. Our team has dedicated their professional careers to providing patients with experienced, meticulous care in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial care.

Whether you have one missing tooth or need to replace an entire arch of decayed or missing teeth, we have dental implant solutions to accommodate you. For full-arch tooth loss we can place as few as four implants that support an entire bridge of teeth, giving you a secure and lasting fit.

Using 3D imaging technology, we first capture detailed images of your mouth which tell us exactly where the nerves are located and where the best possible location to place your implant(s) is. With this information we then precisely place your implant(s) in the jaw bone between one to a few hours depending on the number of implants you need. Our oral surgeons can administer sedation and anesthesia right here in our office, as needed. From start to finish, placing and restoring dental implants with final restorations takes between 2-3 months. On the day of your procedure, you’ll receive a temporary tooth or set of teeth. In just a few months, your implants will be fully healed, and you’ll be able to receive your permanent new tooth or bridge then. Our team treats each implant case uniquely, guaranteeing your experience is customized and that you feel comfortable throughout.

Yes! In most cases we can remove a tooth, or multiple teeth, and place an implant in the very same day. What’s even more exciting for many of our patients is how we’re also able to place a temporary prosthesis, even for full arch cases, the same day as surgery. You’ll never have to go another day without a complete smile!

Our oral surgeons are particular when it comes to placing dental implants under the right conditions and precisely in the right location for long-term results. We see very few complications after implants are placed by us, but do treat those whose implants weren’t placed correctly or that have failed. If you experience any complications such as pain, bleeding or you can see any part of the implant below the gumline, you may require simple treatment for peri-implantitis infection or may need to have the implant replaced. Give us a call for more information, we offer 24-hour on call doctor availability.

Your dental implants can be cleaned just like your normal teeth. We recommend maintaining daily hygiene routines and visiting your general dentist twice a year. If cared for properly, you can see this restored smile for the rest of your life!

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