Lafayette, LA -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/26/2015 -- In the past, an individual who lost a tooth due to decay, an accident, or gum disease was faced with only two options—they could either get a bridge placed or simply live with an imperfect smile, dietary restrictions, and jaw shrinkage. Today, Dr. Ken LeBlanc makes use of technological advancements to provide many more solutions that aid in restoring a smile to its natural beauty.
Patients missing only one tooth may opt for a bridge, which will prevent the remaining teeth from shifting. This preserves the bite and the shape of the face. A bridge consists of two crowns placed on either side of the gap to hold a false tooth in between. The downside is that it requires two good teeth to be sacrificed; these adjacent teeth will have to be ground down to stubs in order for the crowns to be placed.
Those with multiple missing teeth may require a partial denture, which is attached to the surrounding teeth with clasps or crowns. Partial dentures can be removed for easy cleaning.
Dr. LeBlanc personally believes that dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth because of their natural look and durability. Dental implants can be used to support a single restoration, a bridge, or even full dentures. They are constructed of titanium, a strong and safe material that effectively attaches to bone.
Dr. LeBlanc explains, "Implants serve as the artificial root to which new teeth are bonded. The placement of dental implants can help prevent jawbone loss, a very common problem associated with missing teeth."
The procedure for dental implant placement typically involves three steps: the implant insertion stage, osseointegration (the period of healing for the jawbone), and the placing of the crown or new tooth.
"Ultimately, cosmetic dentistry gives me a chance to bring out a patient's true character and beauty," concludes Dr. LeBlanc, "It helps to restore their self-confidence."
To make an appointment with Dr. LeBlanc, call (337) 406-9994.