Placement and Restoration of Dental Implants in Lafayette, LA

If you have one or more missing teeth, you’ve probably experienced everyday challenges with eating, chewing, and speaking. But while a missing tooth can cause discomfort and even oral health issues, these problems can’t compare with feeling self-conscious or embarrassed about your smile.

That’s why we don’t want you to suffer from this problem any longer than necessary. Dr. J. Jerome Smith and Dr. Daniel Domingue can restore your appearance, oral health, and self-confidence using cutting-edge dental implant technology right in their Lafayette, LA dental office.

Why should I have my tooth replaced?

Improving your appearance is one of the most common reasons for replacing a missing tooth. A wide gap in your teeth can make you look older, as your teeth shift and cause hollowness in your face shape. You may even feel embarrassed about speaking, laughing, or smiling or avoid social situations.

But your oral health is also at risk with missing teeth. Regardless of how you lose a tooth, bone loss sets in where the tooth once was, shrinking and pulling back your gums. Adjacent teeth suffer too, as they shift and weaken without the support they once had.

Dental implants are an investment in your long-term oral health, self-confidence, and appearance and offer a permanent solution for missing teeth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is similar to your own tooth’s roots, giving you a natural-looking, functional tooth. One of the main benefits of dental implants is that it stimulates bone growth in your jawbone, preventing bone loss and providing a strong, permanent foundation for years to come.

Dental implants involve placing a screw-like titanium post in your jawbone, which will bond with your own bone and surrounding tissues in a process called osseointegration. When the area has healed, we place a small connector to the post called an abutment, which will allow us to eventually restore the tooth with a dental crown, bridge, or denture.

At the dental offices of Dr. J. Jerome Smith and Dr. Daniel Domingue, we have extensive knowledge, advanced training, and state-of-the-art technology in dental implant placement. We’re experts at making the dental implant process uncomplicated, straightforward, and highly successful

At our Lafayette, LA dental office, we use 3-D cone beam computerized tomography imaging (CBCT), which allows us to take precise measurements for placing your dental implant. Since every patient is unique, so we are pleased to offer various sedation methods, including IV sedation, for your complete comfort. Our dentists have decades of experience with dental implant placement, which ensures a stress-free experience for you.

What is the dental implant process?

Investing in a dental implant involves a series of dental procedures to evaluate and prepare the area, place the implant and abutment, and restore the tooth. We will make sure your tissues and bone have healed from each procedure before taking the next step, which is why the entire dental implant process can take four to six months (and longer with bone grafts).

Although every patient is unique and each procedure differs depending on your needs, here’s generally what to expect:

  • When you visit our Lafayette, LA dental office for a consultation, our highly qualified dentists will review your overall health and history. We’ll use diagnostic tools to measure and evaluate your bone and gums using a 3-D CBCT scan and other imaging. We’ll also take digital impressions of your mouth so that your final restoration fits perfectly.
  • If necessary, we’ll extract any teeth using local anesthesia.
  • We’ll perform bone grafts, if needed, and give those areas time to heal.
  • On the day of your dental implant surgery, we will make you comfortable, numbing the area and using IV or oral sedation, if you’ve chosen this option. Dr. Smith or Dr. Domingue will place a titanium post in your jawbone.
  • When you come back to our dental office, we will place the abutment on top of your dental implant.
  • In the final step, we will restore your tooth with a dental crown or other treatment that matches your other teeth in color, shape, and size.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are more accessible than ever. You may be a good candidate if you:

  • Have one or more missing teeth
  • Have healthy gums
  • Aren’t still growing
  • Don’t have any chronic diseases or suppressed immune system
  • Don’t smoke tobacco
  • Aren’t pregnant
  • Have enough jawbone for the procedure or can have bone grafting
  • Can’t or don’t want to wear dentures
  • Can commit to the dental implant process

If another dentist said dental implants wouldn’t work for you because you’re missing too much bone, we have good news. Dr. Smith and Dr. Domingue have advanced training in bone grafting, which involves rebuilding the deteriorated jawbone for a dental implant.

Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn how you can reach your goals with dental implants. We’ll work with you to find a solution for your missing tooth or teeth that meets your individual needs.

Do dental implants feel and look natural?

Our advanced digital and 3-D technology allows us to produce restorations that look just like your other teeth. We’ll match your final restoration to your other teeth’s color, shape, and size so that you feel comfortable and confident smiling again.

My dentures shift around. How can dental implants help?

Dental implants are a permanent, stable alternative to dentures that move around when chewing and speaking. Since the dental implant securely bonds with your jawbone, it will not move or shift. You can feel confident that your dental implant will function just like your other teeth, with no cumbersome appliance to manage.

Can dental implants help if I have multiple missing teeth?

You have several options if you’re missing multiple teeth:

  • Implant-supported dentures or dental bridge. In the case of several missing teeth, dental implants can support adjacent dental bridges or dentures. The denture snaps onto the dental implants, giving the denture more stability.
  • Full-implant denture. If you have multiple teeth missing in a row and enough healthy bone in your jaw, we can place dental implants to support full upper or lower dentures. Depending on your individual needs, we can either remove remaining teeth or place fixed dental crowns or bridges on remaining teeth.

What is your experience with placing dental implants?

Both Dr. Jerome Smith and Dr. Daniel Domingue have received recognition as diplomates for the International Congress of Oral Implantology for their outstanding work in implant dentistry. Their advanced training and experience, combined with our state-of-the-art technology, ensure that your dental implant procedure at our Lafayette, LA dental office will be uncomplicated and stress-free.

Does it hurt to get a dental implant?

You will not feel pain during any of your procedures, although you may feel some pressure and hear the sounds of our tools. If you feel anxious about dental procedures, we can provide oral or IV sedation or nitrous oxide to make you more comfortable.

Many of our patients tell us that they don’t feel any pain after their dental implant procedure! But if you feel any discomfort, you can manage it with ibuprofen and by icing your cheek area as instructed.

How should I care for my dental implant?

A dental implant can last many years, and it’s essential to take excellent care of your gums and surrounding teeth. Brushing and flossing between meals and twice-yearly dental cleanings will help keep tartar away and prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

Of course, right after each phase of your treatment, we will give you detailed instructions on how to eat and brush around your restoration.

Dental Implants Will Make You Want to Smile Again!

Dr. J. Jerome Smith and Dr. Daniel Domingue are passionate about serving the Lafayette, LA area for their dental implant, sedation dentistry, and bone grafting needs.

There’s no reason to hide your smile when dental implants can restore your teeth seamlessly. If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, call our dental office at (337) 235-1523 to schedule a consultation with one of our top Lafayette dentists.