A dental implant replaces a missing tooth, from the root of the tooth to its crown. It mimics the structure of a natural tooth. It has a root form, made of titanium, that is surgically implanted in your jawbone, and after the jawbone heals around it, a replacement tooth is secured on top of the root form. The replacement tooth is a porcelain crown that is made to match the translucency and color of your natural tooth. Dr. Duane Delaune is a cosmetic dentist with specific training in dental implants.
Each of your teeth can be individually replaced with a dental implant, or your dentures can be secured using as few as two dental implants. With the All-on-4 technique, sometimes referred to as the profile denture, four implants are placed in the anterior of your jawbone. The denture is secured to the implants.
Dr. Delaune’s Training for Dental Implants
Dr. Delaune received training in implantology from the Zimmer Institute and Russo Seminars. With his training in implantology and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Delaune will ensure that your implants are correctly placed and natural looking—without implant mistakes such as loosening of the implants, nerve impairment or infection. Below is an example of Dr. Delaune’s beautiful work.
Dental Implants Advantages and Disadvantages
- The loss of a tooth also means gradual bone loss where the tooth was located. The root form implanted in your jawbone eliminates jawbone shrinkage and facial collapse.
- They are anchored in your jawbone, so they look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
- They are often more costly than other types of tooth replacement. If you receive an implant for each missing tooth, the cost is per implant.
- Depending on technique used for your implants, there can be a healing delay of several weeks before the replacement tooth is secured on the root form.
Click here to read about another dental implants option—snap-on dentures. Much more stable than completely removable dentures, they aren’t as expensive as fully implant-retained restorations.