Dental Implants in Gretna, LA

At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, we are proud to offer dental implants to our patients. Dental implants are artificial titanium roots that are placed in the bone. They are used to make dentures feel more comfortable and natural.

Implants with dentures

Many patients are not satisfied with the fit of their denture and a common complaint is that it is too loose. These patients will use denture adhesive to help hold the denture in the mouth, but adhesive doesn’t always work and can be messy. For these patients, Dr. Schafer recommends dental implants.

 Implants act as anchors so that the denture can stay in the mouth with a snap on connection and feel firm. These implants allow you to smile and chew with confidence with no fear that any embarrassing situations might happen. Patients who get dental implants often comment about how much more they enjoy their dentures, and how much better they feel.

Implants also help preserve the bone. When you lose a tooth, the bone that holds the tooth is absorbed by the body. If implants are placed before the bone goes away, the body maintains the bone to help retain the implant. If implants can be placed within a few months of a tooth being removed, the bone can usually be preserved.

Implant placement process

To get the best success with the implants, Dr. Schafer does a restorative consult and two separate surgical procedures. First, he evaluates your mouth to determine the best places for dental implants so that they can help your denture fit better. He does this to ensure that each implant does the best for your mouth. 

During the first procedure, we place the implant in the bone and place it beneath the gums and allow it to heal for 3 to 6 months. At this time as well, Dr. Schafer will relieve part of the denture where the implants are to keep any possible stresses from chewing or talking from going on the dentures. After the implants have healed and attached to the bone, Dr. Schafer exposes the implants and places a denture attachment to the implant so that the implant can connect to the denture. 

After the denture attachment is placed, the denture relieved in those areas so that it can be connected to the implants. The implants are then ready to use!

Maintenance

After having implants placed and the denture attachment placed, every night the attachments should be cleaned with a soft tooth brush to ensure that plaque doesn’t build up on them. It is important to see a dentist on an annual basis to ensure that the implants are functioning well and make sure that the denture attachments are not wearing out. The attachments will need to be replaced time to time and how often they are replaced depend on the care given at home

If you are interested in seeing how dental implants can improve your life, please call NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry today at (504) 392-5104. We look forward to hearing from  you and help you.