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Dental Implants: Purpose, Procedure, and Aftercare

August 6, 2021
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Posted By: Downtown Dental
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When you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, it’s essential to fill the gaps to preserve your oral health. There are a variety of tooth replacement options available, but many patients choose dental implants as their tooth replacement solution.

Patients often prefer dental implants over tooth replacement options for a variety of reasons. Due to the fact that dental implants are placed directly into the jaw, dental implants offer health benefits that other tooth replacements don’t, such as the encouragement of healthy bone growth in the jaw.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Before your dental implant placement, Dr. Richard Rathke will perform a thorough exam to ensure that dental implants are the ideal solution for you. The main factor a dentist looks for when evaluating a patient as a candidate for dental implants is bone density. 

The bone must be dense enough to support the implant. 

After the evaluation, we’ll schedule an appointment to place your dental implant. You shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure. We will numb the area thoroughly.

After placing the implant, we’ll wait for your jawbone to integrate with it, a process that generally takes between three and eight months. Once it heals, we can attach a dental restoration to complete the tooth replacement.

Caring for Your Dental Implant

Dental implants are easy to care for, which is an excellent benefit for our patients. You can care for a dental implant just as would your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. It’s also important to see your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and exams.

With excellent oral hygiene and routine dental visits, it’s possible for a dental implant to last a patient for a lifetime. However, the artificial tooth attached to the implant, whether it’s a dental crown, bridge, or denture, will require eventual replacement. You may also need to perform additional care for the attached tooth replacement. The care instructions will vary depending on the needs of the attached prosthetic. 

We will discuss any specific aftercare instructions with you in our practice so that you can get the most out of your tooth replacement choice.

Discover Dental Implants in New Orleans

If you need a DDS in New Orleans to place your dental implants, Dr. Rathke can help. He’s a skilled dentist with extensive experience and knowledge, and he provides efficient and gentle dental care.

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