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At our Acadiana dental office, we believe strongly in educating and empowering our patients to take charge of their own dental care. We encourage and welcome all your questions about our practice, dental procedures, and your treatment.
Please take a moment to browse through this selection of questions we are often asked. If your question isn’t answered here or if you’d like more information, don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us online!
Forever is a long time and saying that something will last forever is not realistic, especially when talking about humans and biology because everyone and every situation is different.
Bone grafting is a highly successful procedure for most people. Certain medical conditions may prevent you from successful bone grafting, but we can cover all of those questions long before your planned procedure.
The rates of bone grafting failure are low and there’s no reason to believe that your bone grafts and implants can’t last a lifetime. While there are no guarantees, Drs. Smith and Domingue can share potential outcomes, obstacles, and projected lifespan of your treatment. We will only recommend bone grafts if we believe they will be successful.
Advanced Dental Technology
Since dental implant and bone grafting technology and procedures improve over time, we make sure we stay on top of the latest developments and materials so that you get the best of what is available. When you come to our doctors for your bone grafting and dental implant procedures, you are making an excellent choice for your dental health.
Contact Our Lafayette LA Dental Clinic
Drs. Smith and Domingue are experts in their fields and even teach other dentists about successful bone grafting and implant procedures. If you have questions about whether bone grafting might be right for you, please call our Lafayette, LA dental office and we will be happy to answer your questions.
Whether you need bone grafting or not depends on your bone levels. When you lose a tooth, your bone may begin to recede because teeth act like anchors in your bone. When nothing is there to anchor onto, your bone may thin, deteriorate, and make your adjacent teeth unstable.
Importance of Tooth Replacement
When you lose a tooth, it is important to address it right away. In fact, if you can make a plan for tooth replacement prior to your extraction, that is ideal. If not, talking to Drs. Smith and Domingue immediately is your next best option.
For an extraction you had years ago, you may need more extensive treatment to restore your bite and replace your missing tooth simply because teeth tend to shift once you have an extraction.
Tooth Replacement Options in Lafayette
After a full evaluation in our Lafayette dental office, we can explain your options and whether you will need bone grafting in order to have dental implants. Dental implants anchor into your jawbone, much like your natural teeth, and having enough bone is essential for their success.
Not every patient who has an extraction requires bone grafting; we utilize digital imaging and other technology to determine the level and density of your natural bone. Our number one goal is to provide you with reliable, long-lasting dentistry.