St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants
Periodontists located in Covington, LA & Slidell, LA
Around 178 million people lose at least one tooth during their life. If you lose a tooth, a fully functional prosthetic is the best way to improve the appearance of your smile while restoring your oral health. Caesar Sweidan, DDS, Laura Smith, DDS, and the team at St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants offer the best in tooth replacement. At the Covington and Slidell, Louisiana offices, the team replaces your teeth with the best quality dental implants available today. Learn more by calling the office or request an appointment online.
Tooth Replacement Q & A
Why would I need a tooth extraction and tooth replacement?
The St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants team may recommend tooth removal followed by tooth replacement if you have severe tooth trauma or decay.
Leaving a tooth intact while in poor condition can expose the other nearby teeth to problems. Often, it's best to remove and replace it as soon as possible.
Why is tooth replacement so important?
Tooth replacement is important because living without your teeth can cause several health and quality-of-life issues. Some of the many issues you may have if you don't replace a missing tooth include:
- Gap in your smile
- Inability to chew normally
- Excessive strain on remaining natural teeth
- Inability to speak and pronounce words properly
- Shifting or rotating of the teeth next to the gap
- Bone loss, causing a sunken facial appearance
One missing tooth may not seem like a major issue. But, it can affect your oral health as well as your emotional and mental wellness. All of these reasons combine to prove that tooth replacement is the best choice when you can't keep your natural tooth any longer.
How does tooth replacement work?
Tooth replacement procedures can vary with the situation. If you have enough healthy bone, the St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants team may perform the teeth-in-a-day procedure, in which they remove and replace your tooth during the same appointment. The team uses a sophisticated 3-D printing machine to fabricate your porcelain replacement tooth at the office.
If you don't have adequate jawbone to support a dental implant, you'll typically need a few appointments spaced over time. The team can perform a procedure like a sinus lift to add new bone grafting material in the area where you lack bone density. Then, you'll have a healing period of around 4-12 months before you return for your implant procedure.
The team evaluates you using a 3-D CT scan and complete oral exam to determine which type of tooth replacement is the best solution for your needs.
The St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants team includes the best periodontists in the Slidell and Covington areas, which means they’re the ones you can trust for the most comfortable and convenient tooth replacement.
Call the office nearest you to speak with a friendly team member or use the online scheduler to arrange your consultation now.