Don’t be afraid to show your smile.
Losing a tooth (or multiple teeth) can be traumatizing. But thanks to dental implants, you don’t have to live with an incomplete smile!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are effective and provide a permanent replacement for a missing tooth or teeth that looks and feels natural. They consist of a titanium screw placed in the jawbone placed where the real tooth root used to stand.
A crown, cap, or false tooth is placed on top of the screw allowing it to be easily placed by the dentist. With time the screw will fuse with the bone making it a permanent replacement that fits seamlessly into the patient’s existing smile. It should function as efficiently as the teeth you were born with.
Additionally dental implants can:
- Anchor non-removable bridges, which are used to replace multiple teeth
- Support full or partial dentures (this is commonly referred to as “All-on-4 treatment”)
Dental Implants vs Other Teeth Options
There are a variety of procedures and options to use when considering lost tooth replacement, here’s how they compare:
Dentures provide some relief but are quickly followed by a short period where adjustment could cause some discomfort. This combined with the fact that the dentures tend to move while chewing also lends to their limitations.
Bridges are less permanent and are limited by being able to only replace one tooth in between two other stationary teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
The American Dental Association currently endorses two types of dental implants to be safe for patients including:
Endosteal implants involve a series of two surgeries in order to be placed. First, they are implanted on the jawbone and the gum is allowed to heal. Afterwards, posts are placed into the implants where the artificial teeth can be placed individually.
Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal frame that is placed on the jawbone underneath the gum, which remains fixed as the gum heals. The frame features a variety of posts attached which will protrude from the gums allowing for artificial teeth to be fixed.
Who Can Get A Dental Implant?
Dental implants may be appropriate for you if:
- You are looking to have one or more teeth replaced
- You are looking to better support partial dentures or a bridge
- You have a sufficient amount of natural bone. If not a bone graft can be gone prior the procedure
All-on-4 dental implant treatment allows our dentist to stabilize a patient’s full-arch prosthesis using just four dental implants.
Our dental team will strategically place and insert 4 dental implant roots and then fabricate a bridge to go on the implants, done chairside with an on-site lab technician. Once the implants have integrated and healed our in-house lab will fabricate a beautiful and permanent ceramic bridge, commonly known as a zirconia hybrid denture.
Why do so many people in Austin turn to Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry for dental implant treatment?
State of the Art Implant Technology
Our dental team is proud to offer innovative i-CAT® guided dental implant treatment for optimal results. The i-CAT® system produces high definition 3D diagnostic images, and allows our dentists to precisely plan your dental implant treatment process before you even sit down in the dentist’s chair.
Support Your Oral Health
It’s true; dental implants will make your smile look amazing. But, perhaps most importantly, they will also help you prevent many of the health problems associated with tooth loss. The titanium root of the dental implant supports a healthy jawbone, and works to prevent bone and gum tissue deterioration.
Impressively Realistic Results
Our dentists customize dental implants from start to finish, so that you end up with a replacement tooth that fits in seamlessly with your existing smile. We even utilize an in-house ceramist to craft personalized implant restorations to your specifications.
What Our Patients Are Saying about Their Dental Implant Procedures…