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Dental Implants in Austin, TX

Recover Your Smile with Dental Implants

Dr. D’Alfonso is one of the few dentists in the Lakeway area to achieve fellowship status with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. For dental implants in Lakeway, TX, trust the renowned team at Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry.

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About Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most effective and lasting solution to replace missing teeth. 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. While Dentures and dental bridges need maintenance, dental implants behave like a brand new set of teeth. There are many advantages to dental implants, 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 apparent being the appearance of natural looking teeth, that help to create a perfect smile. However, there are a variety of other benefits, including:

Improved Self-Esteem

It’s hard to feel completely comfortable smiling wide when you know that you’re missing a tooth. Dental implants look natural and help deal with the self-esteem issues that come with losing a tooth. Never be afraid to smile again!

Improved Smiles

Losing a tooth can often cause people to become anxious about smiling or laughing, to avoid showing the gap in their teeth. A brand new set of teeth can help you feel and look great. Get back your confidence to laugh and smile with our Lakeway dental implants.

Comfortable Option

Implants are much more comfortable compared to traditional dentures and dental bridges, making them easier to adapt to after the procedure, when done by an experienced implant dentist like Dr. D’Alfonso.

Easier Time Eating

Other teeth replacement options, like dentures, can make eating difficult and sometimes embarrassing. Dental implants do not slide or move within the mouth and there is little difference between eating with them and eating with your normal teeth. Your implants will be able to handle chewing food without a problem. This means that you can now eat your favorite foods with confidence.

Improved Dental Health

Many other tooth replacement options require that you have your other, undamaged teeth altered. For instance, with a bridge it’s necessary that you reduce the surrounding teeth. This will lead to poorer oral health over time. Dental implants seamlessly replace missing teeth, without having to disturb the rest of your mouth.

Ease of Speech

Many people, when missing one or more teeth, have a hard time speaking clearly and enunciating words. This can cause them to hesitate before speaking or feel embarrassed when they do. However, dental implants make it much easier to speak clearly and comfortably. They are so convincing that even our patients don’t notice the difference.

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Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants

1-2 Teeth

Endosteal implants involve a series of two surgeries at our Lakeway dental implant center. First, implants are inserted on the jawbone, where the gum is later allowed to heal. Afterward, we place posts into the implants where the artificial teeth will be located. Endosteal implants are the most common form of implants available. They’re recommended for most patients who have a few missing teeth.

Subperiosteal Implants

4 Teeth

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 artificial teeth. Subperiosteal implants are perfect for those who are unable to wear conventional dentures.

All-on-4

Full Set

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 will place and insert 4 implant roots and then make a bridge to go on the implants. All this done chair-side, at our Lakeway area office, with an on-site lab technician.

Dental Implant Process

Free Consultation

First, sign up for a free consultation so you can know your options. Are dental implants the best way to go, or is there another procedure that’s best for your mouth and smile? Our free consultation will let you make the best decision for your smile.

3D X-ray

As part of your free consultation, we’ll provide you with an x-ray from our innovative iCAT 3-D X-ray machine. X-rays from our iCAT machine are typically a $550 value, provided to you for free.

Implant Surgery

If deemed appropriate, we’ll move forward with scheduling the dental implant surgery. This process is usually done on a tooth by tooth basis, with ample time in between the actual post-implant, and the final crown placement.

Post-Op

Once the implant has properly healed and fused to the jaw bone, we’ll place the final crown that will last for life if given the proper care. If you need another dental implant, we’ll repeat the process for the other teeth that need attention.

Restoring the Look of Your Natural Teeth with Dental Implants

One of the primary benefits of dental implant treatment is its ability to mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth. At Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry, our team is dedicated to providing dental implants that restore the utility of your teeth and bring back the aesthetic appeal of your smile.

Dental implant treatment is designed to match the size, shape, and color of your existing teeth, blending seamlessly with your natural smile. Each implant consists of a titanium post, which acts as the tooth's root, and a custom-made crown that replicates the visible part of the tooth.

How Dental Implant Treatment Replicates Real Teeth

Our skilled team uses advanced dental implant technology and meticulous planning to ensure that your dental implant precisely matches your natural teeth in terms of color, size, and shape. This attention to detail allows the implant to integrate seamlessly with your existing teeth, giving the impression of a natural, healthy tooth. From partial to full-mouth dental implants, we take meticulous care to ensure they are a perfect fit for your mouth.

The placement of the implant into the jawbone also contributes to its natural appearance. It provides the necessary support for the replacement tooth, helping to maintain facial structure and prevent the bone loss that can occur when teeth are missing. This prevents the "sunken" look that sometimes accompanies tooth loss and denture use.

Moreover, because dental implant treatment is securely anchored in your jawbone, they stay in place when you eat, speak, or laugh, just like your real teeth. Dental implants have no dietary restrictions, and you can continue enjoying your favorite foods with confidence.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals who have missing teeth. However, certain criteria can determine whether you're an ideal candidate for this procedure.

Good Overall Health

One of the primary factors in determining eligibility for dental implants is good overall health. This is because the process of receiving dental implants, whether they are full-mouth dental implants or otherwise, involves minor surgery, and healing properly is crucial for the success of the implants. Therefore, those with chronic conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, should be under control before proceeding with dental implant treatment.

Healthy Gums & Jaw Bones

In addition to overall health, ideal candidates for dental implants should also have good oral health. Healthy gums free from periodontal disease are crucial, as the implants are placed in the jawbone and surrounded by gum tissue. Additionally, a sufficient amount of jawbone is necessary to support the implant. If bone loss in the jaw has occurred, you may require a bone graft before receiving dental implants.

Lifestyle Choices

Lifestyle factors also play a role in determining eligibility for dental implants. Smokers, for instance, may experience lower success rates with dental implants because smoking impairs healing. Furthermore, a commitment to maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits after the procedure is essential to ensure the longevity of the implants.

Permanent Solution

Finally, dental implants may be an excellent choice for those looking for a more permanent and comfortable alternative to dentures or bridges. They're especially beneficial for those who have difficulty wearing removable dentures or who lack the real teeth necessary for a fixed bridge.

Patient Reviews

“As a new patient I felt so at home...”

“...as if I had been there a million times already. The front office staff was very friendly and welcoming. The Hygienist is very knowledgeable and thorough. She did an awesome job cleaning my teeth. Dr. D'Alfonso is absolutely amazing! He came in the room with so much energy. He made me fell as if I've known him for a very long time. From check in to check out every one made me feel comfortable. They made me feel comfortable on trusting them with my dental needs for years to come. Thanks for making my visit special!!!!”

Toni, Patient

“Would highly recommend!!”

“Dr. D'Alfonso and his entire staff are a real pleasure to work with. I received excellent care and attention for all of my visits for my recent work - everyone greets you like a friend, treats you like family, and shows they value your business. Dr. D'Alfonso called me on 2 separate Sunday afternoons to check on me, and to make sure I didn't have any pain - I've never had a dentist do that for me. This shows how much they care. The work I had done was exceptional. They take pride in doing a great job. Would highly recommend!! :)”

Barry, Patient

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Meet Dr. D’Alfonso

While attending the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. D’Alfonso always wanted to pursue a career that would allow him to help people and improve themselves. He found his answer through cosmetic dentistry, combining his passion for science and his desire to positively impact the lives of others.

Dr. D is a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and upholds various credit certifications in multiple advanced cosmetic dentistry disciplines, including the prestigious Pankey Institute. Dr. D is also proud to be one of the few dentists in Lakeway that has obtained fellowship status with the International Congress of Oral Implantaologists.

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Affordable Financing & In-House Dental Insurance

At Lakeway Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we believe everyone deserves the smile they've always dreamed of, or the chance to reclaim the smile they once had. Understanding financial concerns, we've tailored affordable financing solutions to turn your dream smile into a tangible reality. Don't let the lack of insurance hold you back; our unique in-house dental insurance and convenient payment plans are designed to cover numerous checkups and procedures throughout the year at a simple, flat rate. Explore more about these options and take the first step towards your ideal smile below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants offer a host of benefits, but the procedure is most commonly performed for those that are looking to improve their smiles. But, dental implants also help with speech, eating, general dental health, and they are much more comfortable than dentures or bridges.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants will vary from patient to patient, as every dental implant procedure is unique. The cost of dental implants largely depends on the number of appointments, treatments, and the number of dental implants a patient requires.
At Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry, we always provide our patients with a personalized and affordable dental implant plan that works within their budget.

What Can I Expect From The Dental Implant Procedure?

In most cases, the dental implant surgery is painless, as it is done under local anesthesia. It typically takes 3-6 months for the implant to fuse with the jaw bone, and once healed, the permanent crown will be placed. In most cases where multiple implants are needed, the implant procedures will be performed one at a time to allow for proper healing.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Given the proper care, dental implants can last for the rest of your life. As dental implants are so close to real teeth, proper care is the same kind of care you would give to real teeth. If you ensure you do not neglect your dental health, dental implants can last for life.

Can Dental Implants Be Removed Like Dentures?

No, dental implants are permanent, surgical implants that cannot be removed from your mouth at will like dentures would be able to. Dental implants tend to be for a single, or just a few teeth. On the other hand, dentures are commonly used for those individuals who need to replace all of the teeth in their mouth. Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry also offers dentures in Lakeway, TX if you’re interested in being able to take out your artificial teeth when you’d like to.

Can I Get Dental Implants If I Already Have Full Or Partial Dentures?

Implants are popular for those with partial or full dentures. This is because dental implants can be used to provide support and retention for removable dentures or overdentures, which then just snap right over the implants. This makes it so that removable dentures do not move, and can then be less dependent on glues or adhesives. Additionally, dentures can be permanently affixed to dentures, which makes them even more supportive. But, in this case, only a dentist will be able to remove dentures from the mouth.

What Is The Success Rates Of Dental Implants?

Success rates of dental implants vary from the health and habits of each individual. For a healthy person with consistently good oral hygiene and nutrition, dental implants are usually successful with reports of success rates of above 95%.

What Is Restricted After Dental Implant Surgery?

There are several things that you should not do after dental implant surgery, including:

  • Do not remove any gauze packs or bandages placed by the doctor right away. Gauze should stay in after a dental implant surgery for at least one hour.
  • Do not drive or operate any sort of machinery. In most cases, you’ll be put under using a sleeping sedative, impairing your ability to operate a vehicle or heavy machinery.
  • Do not eat solid foods. Only eat soft foods or liquid for 24 hours after your dental implant surgery.
  • Do not smoke after your dental implant surgery, as it can cause infections and many other complications. Do not exercise or perform any strenuous activity. Individuals are usually on pain medication after surgery, which increases their chances of injuring themselves. Additionally, you can tear stitches or staples that have been placed on the incision site.

How Long Does It Take For Dental Implants To Heal?

It typically takes 3-6 months for the implant to fully fuse to the jaw bone. This is when the dental implants can be considered “healed”, and at that point, they will be ready to have the permanent “cap” or tooth part of the implant installed.

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Find Out If You’re Eligible for Dental Implants

At Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry, we conduct a comprehensive assessment of your oral and general health to determine your suitability for partial or full-mouth dental implants. It's our priority to ensure that your dental implant journey is successful and gives you the renewed smile you're looking for. Contact our team today to schedule a consultation and discover if dental implants are the right solution for your dental needs.

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