At Oral and Facial Surgery Center we offer several implant-related treatments to replace one or more missing teeth. We specialize in implant treatment because we believe that dental implants are the ideal solution for tooth loss.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium screw that we surgically embed deep into the jawbone. Once the implant is in place, it will slowly fuse to your jaw through the process of osseointegration. After a brief healing period, the implant screw will be able to support a restoration against the strongest forces of your bite. Dental implants can be used to support a single crown, a partial bridge, and a full-arch restoration.
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Many patients need a bone graft, or ridge augmentation before implantation is possible. Osseointegration, the process responsible for the many benefits of dental implants, requires an adequate amount of bone in the jaw. If osseointegration does not occur, implant failure is virtually guaranteed. Fortunately, we offer ridge augmentation to improve the quantity and quality of deteriorated bone. In many ways, ride augmentation allows patients to receive dental implants when it would otherwise be impossible.
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Am I a Candidate for Implants?
If you are in good oral and overall health, you should qualify for implant treatment. If you have experienced significant bone deterioration due to tooth loss, you may need a bone graft first. During your consultation, Dr. Ardoin and Dr. Kennedy will be able to determine if implants are right for you. This usually involves a series of diagnostic tests that may include digital x-rays and CBCT scans.
Learn if you are a candidate for implants.
All-on-4® Treatment Concept
We offer the All-on-4 treatment concept for patients missing all or most of their teeth. As the name suggests, this full-arch restoration only uses four implants to support the entire bridge. The posterior (back) implants are placed at an angle to utilize the strongest part of the jawbone. Other full-arch restorations usually require six to eight implants. Thanks to the revolutionary new technique, All-on-4 is much more effective and minimally-invasive than other options.
Learn more about all-on-4 treatment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. This makes implants a more convenient, durable, secure, and aesthetically pleasing option over traditional restorations. The numerous benefits of dental implants have made them the industry standard for tooth replacement!
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Dental Implant FAQ
We believe patient education is the cornerstone of good oral health. During your initial appointment, Dr. Ardoin and Dr. Kennedy will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding dental implants. This is also an excellent opportunity for you to voice any concerns. Staying informed can help you better maintain your restoration and prevent potential problems.
Read commonly asked questions on implants.
An implant-anchored denture is similar to All-on-4 but usually requires more implants. We may recommend an implant-anchored denture if you want a better alternative to traditional dentures. A traditional denture is a removable appliance that rests on the gums. Because it is not secured by implants, many patients experience difficulty eating, discomfort, and even embarrassing slips.
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Full Mouth Reconstruction
Some people have dental problems so severe and widespread that they need multiple surgeries. In this case, we may recommend a full mouth reconstruction. As the name suggests, a full mouth reconstruction refers to the rebuilding of all teeth in a patient's mouth. Because we specialize in surgical procedures, we may work with other specialists to provide you with optimal results.
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After Implant Placement
Implanted teeth are the best restorative option for your natural teeth. To make sure your implant surgery is successful and your prosthetic lasts longer, Dr. Ardoin and Dr. Kennedy at Oral and Facial Surgery Center recommend proper oral hygiene and good dietary habits. Since implant placement is a surgical procedure, you will experience some pain and discomfort in the first few days after surgery.
Learn how to care for your prosthetic after implant placement.
Schedule a Consultation
Find out if dental implants are right for you! Call 337-443-2533 for our Lafayette location or 337-381-3663 for our Opelousas location to schedule your consultation appointment today!