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Posts for: May, 2018

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
May 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Dental Implants  

A smile gap due to missing teeth is so embarrassing. Besides that, your bone structure, gums, and remaining teeth deteriorate. How can you close a smile gap? At Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, dental implants fully restore oral function and personal appearance. They are today's best replacement for missing teeth, and Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger are proficient in implant placement, beautifully restoring damaged smiles.

The dental implant

Conventional bridgework or dentures cannot mimic real teeth the way dental implants can. The single tooth implant is composed of an artificial titanium root, a metal alloy post, and a realistic porcelain crown. Because the dentist inserts the implant right into the patient's jaw bone, this prosthetic is firmly anchored, and it actually improves the density and size of the bone through an amazing process called osseointegration.

Every time an implant patient bites and chew on his or her new tooth, the jaw bone strengthens. Contrast this with traditional prosthetics which simply rest on the receding gums and bone.

In addition to single tooth applications, Silvestri and Deniger Dentistry can use multiple dental implants to support full and partial dentures. These appliances deliver optimal biting and chewing and clear speech.

Qualifying for dental implants

Most older teenagers and adults qualify for dental implants. During a restorative dentistry consultation at their Slidell office, Dr. Silvestri or Dr. Deniger will examine your remaining teeth and gums for decay and gum disease. Also, you must have adequate jaw bone density to receive dental implants. Digital X-ray imaging and a CT scan tell your dentist if your jaw is sufficiently sized. If it is not, the doctor may advise a bone grafting procedure performed in-office at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry.

Caring for dental implants

Most dental implant procedures succeed and stay in place for decades, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. But, of course, you must brush twice a day and floss daily just as you do your natural teeth. While implants do not get cavities, implant sites can develop an infection called peri-implantitis if plaque and tartar accumulate. This condition frequently leads to implant failure. Your hygienist will show you ways to keep your implants sparkling clean and fully functional.

No more gaps

Make that a reality with dental implants from Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry. Contact our office today for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Silvestri or Dr. Deniger in Slidell, LA. Call (985) 641-7200.

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