Drs. Smith and Domingue
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Dental Implant Process Revealed

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If you have missing teeth, it can interfere with your emotional well-being, oral health, and dietary choices. Our top Lafayette, LA dentists have had extensive training when it comes to tooth restorations, specifically dental implants.

Steps to Your New Smile

The first step is calling our office to schedule an exam with one of our Lafayette, LA dentists. During this exam, your dentist determines whether dental implants are right for you, and he asks specific questions about your smile goals. This is also a great time for you to ask your own questions and share your concerns.

The next step—if it’s determined that dental implants will help you reach your best smile—finds our team taking digital impressions of your mouth. This technology means no goopy or choky material inside your mouth. We use your digital impressions to design your custom dental implant.

The third step is your implant day. Our team makes sure you’re comfortable and offers IV sedation if you opt for more relaxation. The implant is a small titanium post implanted in your jaw. This post bonds with your jawbone over a few months.

The final steps include placing an abutment or foundation atop your implant post following healing. This abutment will hold your new tooth crown.

Special Considerations for Dental Implants

In some cases, you may need an extraction prior to dental implant placement if you have a severely damaged tooth and want to replace that tooth. Additionally, you may need bone grafting if your jawbone has partially depleted—a common occurrence when teeth are missing for an extended period of time.

If you have full tooth loss, we also offer implant-supported dentures. The steps are similar to a single dental implant in Lafayette, LA, but instead of a single tooth crown, your dentist affixes a denture to four to six dental implants.

Contact Our Lafayette, LA Dental Office

If you have questions about dental implants, or if you would like to schedule your exam, contact our friendly team today.

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