Dental Implants
The routine use of dental implants has revolutionized Prosthodontics and the way missing teeth are replaced. Dental implants have become the standard of care for the replacement of teeth. Dental implants allow a missing tooth or teeth to be restored to optimum function and appearance without invading or damaging any other teeth or tissues. People of all ages have enjoyed the benefits of dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants:
Preserve youthful facial appearance
Prevents the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing
Restores natural biting and chewing ability
Looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth
Does not compromise adjacent teeth
Increases comfort, stability, and security (eliminates the need for adhesive)
Improves digestion
Hygienic (cleaned like a natural tooth)

What are dental implants?
Titanium dental implants have been used for several decades. A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. Implants are manufactured “anchors” that look like cylinders or screws; they are artificial replacements for natural tooth roots and can be surgically placed into the upper and lower jawbone. Titanium implants will bond to the jawbone and gum tissue to become a stable base for one or more custom artificial replacement teeth.  Small posts, also called abutments, which protrude through the gums, are then attached to the implant; these posts provide a stable connection for the artificial replacement teeth to the implants.

Implant Surgery
First, the surgery is performed to place the dental implant. The surgery can take one to several hours depending on the number of implants placed. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You will be able to wear your temporary appliance (crown, bridge or denture) and eat a soft diet during this time. Most implants require a second surgery in which a post is attached to connect the implants to the replacement teeth. 

After the second surgery (if necessary) and complete healing of the gums which could take several weeks, the final step is begun. During this step, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the dental implant. Because several fittings may be required, this step can take one to two months to complete.

The majority of dental implants and bone grafts can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without sedation. Usually pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed. Your dental specialist will give you instructions on diet and oral hygiene.

Osstell meters make it possible not only to measure the initial implant stability, but also to monitor the development of osseointegration (implant to bone healing) over time.

The Osstell advantages:
Optimal restoration time
Early warning of problems
Continuous quality assurance

Computerized Planning, Designing and Fabrication
The process begins with a thorough work up to demonstrate exactly where your new teeth must be located to provide you with the best esthetic and functional reconstruction. Based on this diagnostic work up, a treatment plan will be developed by the doctor to include CT scanning and virtual surgery. The newly designed teeth will be placed in your mouth when you get a CT scan, using a specific scanning protocol. The temporary teeth will provide important information concerning the location of your bone in relation to the planned tooth position. The CT scan will be processed by Dr. Frey to develop the best treatment plan for you. This merging of knowledge and experience achieves not only increased safety, but also a more precise implant placement with less postoperative discomfort, swelling and bruising. Sometimes a surgical guide is fabricated from the computerized treatment plan. This guide is very accurate and will produce perfect implant placement by guiding the implant in exactly the same position as determined by the computer planning. 

CT Scan with Planned Implants in Position

Computer Designed Surgical Guide

Dr. Conrad F. Frey III also utilizes state-of-the-art CAD-CAM computer planning to fabricate precision titanium components used in the final teeth replacements. This technology is used to make custom titanium bars for implant dentures and custom titanium and ceramic abutments for implant crowns.

CAD-CAM Design of Titanium Implant Bar Provided by the Laboratory

Titanium Implant Bar Laser Milled with Computer Technology

X-ray of Titanium Implant Bar



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Lafayette Location
185 South Beadle Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
phone: 337 354-0004 

Lake Charles Location
1624 Wolf Circle
Lake Charles, LA 70605
phone: 337 515-3125