The main criterion is the height and density of the bone to support the implant. Long-term wearing of a conventional bridge or denture, failing to replace a missing tooth, tooth loss due to trauma all affect the quality of the jaw bone. Medically speaking, patients who smoke, or who have cancer requiring chemotherapy treatment, diabetes, or osteoporosis may not be ideal candidates for implant placement.
In some cases, bone grafting may be necessary before or at the time of implant placement. The bone graft may be done with artificial bone materials, that can actually help the bone regenerate or sometimes, natural bone is harvested usually from the wisdom tooth area.
Dr. Kacos has pursued advanced training in all aspects of implants traveling from coast to coast and even internationally to learn and hone the newest techniques available to provide you with safe, comfortable and reliable results.
Dental implants in Shreveport, LA have now become the standard of care for replacing missing teeth.
Dental Implants feel and function just like a healthy natural tooth. Implants provide maximum stability giving you the opportunity to chew as if your original tooth was never removed.
Modern advances in ceramic technology have made it possible to match the look of natural teeth with our dental implant teeth. Using his knowledge as a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kacos has beautifully restored the smiles of many notable people in Shreveport.
Dr. Kacos anticipates that your dental implant will last your lifetime. There is no other tooth replacement option that offers this incredible length of service.
Like other bones in the body, the jawbone only remains healthy when it’s being used. Chewing food stimulates bone growth. When a tooth is removed the jaw bone in that area starts to go away immediately. Did you know that 20% of your bone volume is lost within the first year after tooth removal? The great news is that your dental implant will stimulate your bone to stay healthy and strong and prevents bone loss.
We like to be transparent about our cost of service so below you will find pricing for our implant treatment. Please note that each case is different so a complete exam and X-Ray are always required so that we can assess the scope of work. Our exams are done with an intraoral camera, digital x-rays and a 3D cone beam CT (3D x-ray) that projects to a big screen TV so that you can see exactly what I see. An implant crown abutment (D6057) normally costs $712.50 and it could be as low as $624 with your dental insurance. An implant crown will be necessary for this procedure (D6058) and costs $712.50.
A Dental Implant (D6010) $1800 could be as low as $997 with dental insurance. This includes the surgical placement of the implant body, the second-stage surgery, and the placement of the healing cap.
Always remember that we offer several flexible payment options. Many patients take advantage of our interest-free financing and many others love fitting treatment into their budget using our long term financing up to 8 years.
As always, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kacos to go over your personalized treatment plan and financing options.
Dental implants are titanium screws that serve as artificial tooth roots supporting artificial crowns, bridges or dentures. Titanium has been proven safe and will integrate successfully with the jawbone. Once the screw has been placed in the empty space, it will integrate to the bone forming a solid foundation similar to a natural tooth root.
The dental implant procedure starts with a consultation and evaluation of the potential site, and then development of an individualized treatment plan. For the procedure itself, the first appointment will be the placement of the implant and if required, some bone grafting, and placement of a healing abutment. The healing abutment is necessary to hold a temporary tooth restoration during the healing phase. Implant integration usually takes about four months assuming that all post-operative instructions and regular follow-ups are done.
Once integrated, a porcelain crown, bridge or denture is attached to an abutment — another titanium screw that fits inside the implant. Today’s dental fabrication techniques mean your new artificial tooth looks and functions just like your natural teeth.
At the office of Benjamin M. Kacos DMD, dental implants are not the only advanced solutions we offer. There are many other dental services that promise lasting and exceptional aesthetic transformation. If you want a permanent replacement for your missing teeth, dental implants are surely the best option.