Trusted Cosmetic Dental Implant Dentistry in Lafayette, LA
Dental implants are a permanent restorative dentistry technique that allows Dr. Fontenot to repair a completely missing or badly damaged tooth.
With a dental implant procedure, a ‘post’ is surgically inserted into the jawbone and allowed to heal. The 2nd procedure adds a ‘cap’ to the post, which looks and functions just like a normal tooth.
Patients who elect to get dental implants are typically looking for a long-term solution to tooth loss or decay. The existing tooth is removed and the implant fills in the gap. The implant is sturdy, will not fall out and can be easily maintained, just like normal teeth. With a close ‘cap’ color match, most people will never even realize you have dental implants. There is no messy glue, no nightly cleanings (besides regular brushing of your teeth!), and no worrying if the tooth will fall out, chip or break. You can treat a dental implant like a normal tooth.
Dental Implants Costs & Benefits
There are numerous advantages to choosing dental implants over other options for tooth replacement.
- They are permanent – Dental implants are the longest lasting option for replacement of decaying or lost teeth.
- They match the surrounding teeth – Dental implants are the most discrete option.
- They don’t require much maintenance – Other than brushing your teeth regularly, you should not have to treat the dental implant ‘tooth’ any differently than other teeth.
- They work for many different situations – If you have just one tooth missing or decaying, there are several options. For multiple decaying teeth, or the entire upper or lower set of teeth, dental implants offer a way to recreate the natural set of teeth by using multiple posts and caps.
Dental implants typically are the most expensive options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, but they are also the longest lasting. According to The New York Times, the average single tooth dental implant cost between $3,000-$4,500. The cost goes up from there based on the complexity of the case. Many dentists, including Dr. Fontenot, offer patient financing through programs such as CareCredit for dental implants. Call your dental insurance provider directly to ask about any coverage they may offer for the procedure.
To learn more about dental implant dentistry and other cosmetic dentistry choices, call Dr. Fontenot’s dental office today in Lafayette, LA.