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Dental Implants – A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth

Dental implants look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. Dental Implants replace the natural tooth root to provide support, stability and improve aesthetics. Plus, dental Implants can drastically improve your appearance. And don't worry because you will still be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods!

If you've experienced the loss of a tooth due to dental decay or trauma, you understand the negative effects it causes your confidence. The good news is NELA Dental provides a permanent tooth replacement option which dramatically improves your appearance and function by using high-quality modern treatments.

Beyond aesthetic concerns, though, missing teeth also affect your oral health. Missing teeth can cause tooth alignment issues and deterioration of the jaw bone. Dental implants addresses these problems and have been used safely for many years with beautiful results.

Our doctors at NELA Dental are sensitive to the problems experienced by patients with missing teeth, and our goal is to protect your oral health, restore your beautiful smile, and enhance your self confidence.

Why Choose NELA Dental for your Dental Implants?

At NELA Dental we provide the latest in dental implant practices and pride ourselves with our experienced staff. Dr. Vance Costello received his doctorate from LSU School of Dentistry and is a member of American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Northeast Louisiana Dental Association. In 2011, he was awarded board certification and Associate Fellowship in Implant Dentistry by the AAID. Also, he is an instructor for "Implant Know-How's" advanced surgery clinic in Puebla, MX. In 2018, he became a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID). In addition to this accreditation, Dr. Costello has completed the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s Comprehensive MaxiCourse and is Fellow of the AAID.

What Is A Dental Implant?

A dental implant has three separate components: the implant, the abutment, and the restoration. These three pieces work together to form the unit that is referred to as a dental implant. It is a fixed permanent solution and functions like a natural tooth.

The actual implant portion is made of titanium; a stable, biocompatible material that fuses with surrounding bone and tissue and becomes a part of the jaw bone. Once the implant has fully integrated with the jaw, the abutment portion is affixed to retain the dental restoration.

Why Are Dental Implants Important?

The benefit of a dental implant is that it fills the space left by the missing root and provides a stable and durable base for a dental restoration. Dental implants placed at our offices also prevent deterioration of the jaw bone, keep surrounding teeth from shifting, and eliminate the sunken appearance left by a missing tooth.

When Is a Dental Implant Used?

When finished with a dental crown, dental implants work like a natural replacement for one or more missing teeth. Denture-wearers also enjoy the benefits of dental implants. Dentures can be held in place with dental implants for stability and provide the wearer with added comfort.

Fixed Dental Bridges

While dental implants are becoming the tooth replacement method of choice for many dentists and patients, fixed dental bridges are also another very effective solution. The purpose of a dental bridge is to fill the space left by a missing tooth.

The bridge is a unit that usually consists of two dental crowns attached to neighboring teeth and one or more artificial teeth to fill the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge is a fixed permanent solution that acts as a placeholder to prevent surrounding teeth from drifting into the empty space. It also solves the cosmetic problem of missing teeth.

Contact Us

Make an appointment to restore the appearance of your beautiful smile and protect your oral health with dental implants. We are proud to offer personal care that is customized to fit your individual needs. We also accept most major dental insurance plans, third-party payments, and offer flexible financing options.

Please contact us for more information. We will take the necessary time to help you decide if an implant or bridge is the best option for your unique situation.


(318) 387-5732
2016 Tower Drive, Monroe, LA


(318) 368-9518
7699 Highway 2, Farmerville, LA


Vance Costello, D.D.S.
Daniel Raymond, D.D.S.
Ryan Rachal, D.D.S.
Mary Rachal, D.D.S.
Mallory Pruden, D.D.S.