What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a replacement for a missing tooth. The procedure involves implanting a titanium screw into the jawbone. Once healed, this screw will fuse with the bone. This will allow for a replacement tooth or bridge to be added to the new tooth root.
Implants provide almost anyone with a permanent way to regain their smile. Dentures and dental bridges need maintenance, while they behave like a brand new set of teeth. There are many advantages to dental implant procedures, which is why dental surgeons prefer to offer this solution to patients who have tooth issues.
Dental implants provide almost anyone with a permanent way to regain their smile. Dentures and dental bridges need maintenance, while they behave like a brand new set of teeth. There are many advantages to dental implant procedures, which is why dental surgeons prefer to offer this solution to patients who have tooth issues.
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Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants provide a variety of benefits. The most important benefit is an improved appearance. A missing tooth can leave a noticeable gap in your teeth that can even cause you to have problems speaking. They provide natural looking teeth that help complete a seamless smile.
Your implants are able to handle chewing food without a problem. This means that you can now eat your meals with confidence. They are also much more comfortable compared to traditional dentures, making them easier to adapt to after the procedure.
Best of all, they provide an improved sense of self-esteem. Losing a tooth can often cause some to stop themselves from smiling or laughing to avoid showing the gap in their teeth. A brand new set of teeth can help you feel and look great. All this while also bringing back the confidence to laugh and smile once more.
How much do they cost?
Each patient and dental implant procedure is different. This means that the number of appointments, treatments, and cost of dental implants will be different for everyone. Dr. D’Alfonso will be able to provide you with a personalized treatment plan as well as the cost of the treatment, other appointments, and any changes during the process.
Teeth affect your appearance, ability to eat, and ability to speak. A missing tooth or teeth can affect your life, so it’s worth considering the investment despite the cost of dental implants.
Types of dental implant procedures
Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal frame placed on the jawbone. The metal plate is placed underneath the gum, which remains fixed as the gum heals. The frame has several posts attached that stick out from the gums. These posts provide the perfect location to place the artificial teeth.
Subperiosteal implants are perfect for those who are unable to wear conventional dentures. They provide a firm base for the replacement teeth even if you might not have enough bone.
Endosteal implants involve a series of two surgeries. First, implants are inserted on the jawbone where the gum is later allowed to heal. Afterwards, we place posts into the implants where the artificial teeth will be located.
Endosteal implants are the most common form of dental implants available. They’re recommended for most patients who have a few missing teeth.
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All on 4 Treatments
All on 4 dental implant treatments are perfect for those who need replacements for all of their teeth. They provide a stable foundation for a full-arch prosthesis using 4 implants. Our dental team in Austin TX will place and insert 4 implant roots and then make a bridge to go on the implants. All this done chair-side with an on-site lab technician.
Our in-house lab will make a permanent ceramic bridge for you once your all on 4 implants have healed. This ceramic bridge is more commonly known as a zirconia hybrid denture.
What can I expect from the procedure?
It all begins with a consultation. Our cosmetic dentist Dr. D’Alfonso will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions that you may have. Depending on your condition and dental health, replacement might be necessary for one or several teeth.
- If you only need a single tooth, a crown or implant will be enough
- If you need to replace several teeth, bridges are usable with implants to support them
- If all your teeth have to be replaced, you may have to get a full bridge, full dentures, or go for the all on 4 dental implant treatment
Dental implant surgery is usually painless, as it is done under local anesthesia. Recovery often takes around 3-6 months as we wait for the titanium screw to fuse with the jawbone. Some easily manageable pain or discomfort can happen, but this often depends on the person. This can include bone grafts, especially when the amount of bone is inadequate. If this is necessary, your dentist Dr. D’Alfonso will discuss this with you upfront.
Do you need to replace broken or missing teeth? If you’re healthy and have enough bone density, dental implants are the ideal solution. It’s an easy process to undergo and easy to maintain as well. With all the benefits it provides, they can give you the self-confidence you need in life.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
To qualify as an ideal candidate, you should be in good health and have enough bone in your jaw to be able to support the implants. If you have healthy gums and tissue that are free of disease, you’ll likely be the perfect candidate. With proper consultations, they’re easy to recommend to patients. Alongside a 98% success rate, it’s a promising procedure to consider for those who have missing or damaged teeth.
How long can dental implants last? With the right care, they can last a lifetime. Keep them clean and free of plaque by brushing at least twice per day, and also remember to floss when necessary. Proper care is always necessary, whether you have dental implants or not. With implants, you have to make sure that you do not neglect your dental health.
Why go to Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry for dental implant treatment in Austin?
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 HD 3D diagnostic images. This allows our dentists to plan your 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, they will also help you prevent many of the health problems associated with tooth loss. The titanium root supports a healthy jawbone, and works to prevent bone and gum tissue wear.
Impressively realistic results
Our cosmetic dentists customize dental implants from start to finish. As a result, you end up with a replacement tooth that fits in with your existing smile. We even use an in-house ceramist to make personalized implant restorations for your mouth.
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