Dental Implants Shreveport
You CAN eat with confidence again!
With dental implants from Shreveport dentist Dr. Mckenzy Boyd, you can get back your normal life and be confident and carefree while eating, speaking, laughing and enjoying life. Dental implants are replacement teeth that look, feel and work like natural teeth. You can bite, chew, floss, brush and laugh with a dental implant just like you would your natural teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are root replacements. They are small, titanium rods that are placed beneath your gums during what is normally routine oral surgery. After placement, the implants fuse to the natural bone of your jaw, acting as artificial tooth roots. Once this is accomplished a custom crown fits over the top of these titanium rods “roots,” so that you have a natural-looking, naturally functioning tooth replacement.
Why would I choose dental implants over bridges or dentures?
No other tooth replacement option has proven to be as functionally effective and durable for Shreveport residents as dental implants. Dental implants act as an individual tooth and therefore no other teeth are affected. Bridges, for example, require preparing the tooth in front of and behind the missing space for the restoration. Dental implants currently have the highest success rate in dentistry. In many cases, they may be the only logical choice if you want to be able to go on eating, talking and living as you are accustomed to with natural teeth.
Why would I need a dental implant?
Dental implants are needed when tooth loss occurs due to tooth decay, root canal failure, periodontitis (gum disease), trauma to the mouth or excessive wear and tear.
Some people choose to do nothing about the space left by a missing tooth however that is not a recommended option for your health or your quality of life. Missing tooth spaces can cause other teeth to shift and this affects the overall bite. People who have missing teeth can feel self-conscious when smiling or talking. Also, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can impair eating habits, which can lead to secondary health problems like malnutrition. Dental implants from Boyd Family Dentistry in Shreveport provide a simple remedy with proven results.
What are the advantages of dental implants versus bridges or dentures?
All three options are forms of oral surgery, but implants are stronger and more durable than bridges and dentures. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. Also, implants may be used in conjunction with other restorative procedures for maximum effectiveness. For example, a single implant can serve to support a crown replacing a single missing tooth. Implants can also be used to support a dental bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth, and can be used with dentures to increase stability and reduce gum tissue irritation.
Why choose Boyd Family Dentistry of Shreveport for dental implants?
If you’re looking for a dental implant office in the Shreveport/Bossier City area Dr. McKenzy and Dr. Jared have advanced training in this area. One of the big benefits of having dental implants done at our office is that the patient can stay at the same place from the surgical phase to the restorative phase. Everything is done in house, no map quest needed. Both Dr. Boyds’ have advanced training in dental implants, as well as the skills needed to provide you with a superior dental implant experience.
Dental Implant FAQ
- How long are the appointments to have a single implant placed?
We expect patients to have 2 appointments for dental implants. Appointment 1 is around 1.5 hours to have the implant placed below the gums. Appointment 2 is to place the ‘tooth’ on the implant and that usually takes one hour.
- Implants sound painful….do they hurt? Like any surgery some minor soreness is expected however several patients have said, “that was much easier that I thought it would be.” and “I felt great after my implant, I went out to eat that night.“
- Do I have to take off work after my implant is placed? No. We expect you to return to work the following day.
- Do I need someone to drive me to and from my appointment? No. We expect you will be able to drive and function immediately following your appointment.
- How long does an implant last? With regular dental cleanings and good home care we expect your implant to last a very long time. Implants are the most predictable treatment option in dentistry with over 90% success rates. With 3D xrays and same-day crown CEREC technology in our Shreveport dental office we are able to plan your implant tooth in the most ideal location for the best results.
When you come in to our Shreveport, LA dental office for your consultation, we’ll help you determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, or if another type of solution is a better fit for you. We also offer financing to help you cover the costs of your new teeth, and are a PPO provider for many insurance companies. Look forward to meeting you!
Watch the videos below to get a better idea of the implant procedure: