Dental Implants in Gretna, LA

At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, we know how disheartening tooth loss can be, which is why our top Gretna, LA dentist offers several tooth replacement options for individuals across Louisiana.

Our patients have loved their new smiles, and we’re confident that you will, too!

At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, we are proud to offer implant-supported dentures to our patients. This implant-meets-denture technology offers a more permanent and hassle-free solution to full tooth loss.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with our top implant dentist in Gretna, LA, contact our dental office today at (504) 392-5104, or you can schedule online.

If you have questions about how dental implants or implant-supported dentures work, please find our most frequently asked questions listed below for your convenience.

If you have a question that is not addressed below, please contact our dental office. Our caring and friendly team is always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.

 

What is a dental implant, and how does it work?

A dental implant is a thin but strong titanium post that is surgically implanted beneath your gums. This post bonds with your jawbone over a period of months and provides a strong foundation for a restoration tooth following this bonding.

A few strategically placed dental implants are also strong enough to support an entire denture, which makes implanted-supported dentures the best option when it comes to full tooth loss!

Dental implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement for several reasons:

  • Dental implants are strong enough to support a row of restoration teeth.
  • Dental implants are natural looking.
  • Dental implants are permanent.
  • Dental implants require no special maintenance beyond a solid oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits.
  • Dental implants improve bite and function.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Besides restoring your smile dental implants have several benefits.

When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth shift toward these empty sockets, which causes uneven wear and bite issues for existing teeth.

Also, when teeth are missing, you experience bone loss in your jaw. Eventually, this leads to a sunken facial appearance or profile and may promote further tooth loss.

Missing teeth can also impact your dietary selection, change your speaking voice, and lower your self-esteem.

Dental implants and implant-supported dentures in Gretna, LA address all of these issues!

Does it hurt to get dental implants?

Many people put off getting a dental implant because they’re concerned about pain.

The caring staff at NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry will make sure you’re relaxed throughout the implant process. And Dr. Schafer is gentle and will make sure the area is numb before your implant placement.

The reality is that dental implant placement isn’t especially painful because implant posts are very thin. In fact, most patients compare implant post placement to the discomfort you might experience following a dental filling. Also, mild swelling and minimal discomfort usually disappear in a day or two.

For most patients, over-the-counter pain medications such as Motrin or Tylenol are sufficient pain relievers following dental implant surgery. However, Dr. Schafer will recommend follow-up medications if needed and give you aftercare instructions to help you feel relaxed and comfortable at home.

After dental implants heal, most patients forget they have them until they look in the mirror and catch a glimpse of their beautiful new smile!

What are implant-supported dentures?

Many patients are not satisfied with the fit of their denture, and a common complaint is that it is too loose. These patients use denture adhesives to help keep their denture in place, but adhesives do not always work and can be messy.

Additionally, your jawbone shrinks without the support of teeth, which causes dentures to eventually not fit as well as they once did. When this happens ongoing realigns, or denture replacements are the only two options outside of implant-supported dentures.

For these patients, Dr. Schafer recommends implant-supported dentures.

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, and they eliminate the fear of embarrassing situations like slippage. Patients who get dental implants often comment about how much more they enjoy their dentures, and how much better they feel.

Remember, 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 or lost, the bone can usually be preserved.

Do you do extractions for dentures?

Yes, Dr. Schafer can perform extractions to help prepare you for full dentures or implant-supported dentures.

In some cases, if you have partial tooth loss but your remaining teeth are strong and healthy, you can opt for a partial denture or an implant-supported partial denture in Gretna, LA.  

What is the implant-supported denture process?

Dr. Schafer, our top Gretna, LA cosmetic dentist, generally 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 smile and bite quality following implant-supported denture placement. 

During the first procedure, we place the implants in the bone beneath the gum and allow the site to heal and bond with your jawbone for 3 to 6 months. At this time as well, Dr. Schafer will “relieve” part of the denture where the implants are to keep stresses from chewing or talking to a minimum. After the implants have healed and attached to the bone, Dr. Schafer exposes the implants and places a denture attachment so that the implant can connect to the denture. 

After the denture attachment is placed, the denture is connected to the implants. Your restoration teeth and implants are now strong enough to use and enjoy!

Can partial dentures also be affixed with dental implants?

Yes, bridges and partial dentures are sometimes affixed with one or more dental implants to offer stability and prevent slippage.

Will I still need realigns or adhesives with my implant-supported denture?

Because the implant posts keep your jawbone viable, you no longer have to worry about loose-fitting dentures. This means no more realigns or adhesives.

Simply care for your smile with a good oral hygiene routine recommended by our dental team!

Will my implant-supported denture look natural?

At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, our dentist is not satisfied until your dentures fit the contours of your mouth perfectly.

This is why dentures in our Gretna, LA dental office are custom-designed based on an imprint of your gums.

With implant-supported dentures, Dr. Schafer is just as meticulous.

Teeth are shaped and shaded to life-like perfection. In fact, it is highly unlikely that anyone will know you’re wearing dentures. This is especially true when your dentures are supported by implants.  

How do I take care of my dental implants and implant-supported denture?

You should brush your implant-supported denture at least twice per day to ensure that plaque does not build up.

It is important to see our dentist regularly to ensure that the implants are functioning well and that the denture is working correctly or aligned according to our dentist’s discretion.

While titanium posts are meant to last, dentures do wear out eventually and require replacement. Taking care of your denture and visiting our dental office regularly will help you make the most of your investment.  

A dental implant or a denture cannot decay and are not vulnerable to cavities. However, restoration teeth and dental implants do not prevent gum infections or periodontal disease.

Failure to care for your implant-supported denture will promote wear, and failure to care for your gums may cause infections, implant failure, and implant loss—similar to what can happen with natural teeth.