There are many options for replacing missing teeth. How do you know which one is the right choice for you? Dr. Glen Wainwright of Austin Dental Care discusses the benefits of getting dental implants in Austin, TX, and why you should choose them to replace your missing teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are composed of three different parts. First, there are titanium posts. These are the actual pieces that get implanted in your jawbone. Next, an abutment is attached to the top of these titanium posts. That’s what connects the post to the final restoration. The final restoration is the last piece. Typically, it’s a dental crown, but can also be a dental bridge or denture.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement for a reason. They’re the only option that replaces the tooth root as well as the crown of the tooth. This stimulates jawbone growth and can reverse bone deterioration, as the post will fuse with the jawbone. You won’t have to worry about your face sagging because you’re missing the tooth root.
Because they’re embedded in the jawbone, dental implants give you more stability than you get with other options. You don’t need adhesives to keep them in your mouth like with removable dentures. The full power of the bite is restored, so you don’t have to make any changes to your diet. They’re a restoration that stays in your mouth, so there are no additional cleaning needs. You can follow your normal oral healthcare routine of brushing and flossing.
Lastly, dental implants both look and feel the most natural. The final restoration is specifically designed to match the shade, shape, and size of the rest of your smile. People won’t even be able to notice the difference! You’ll be able to smile confidently again and not have to worry about judgment or your restoration falling out.
The Dental Implant Process
We can do the entire dental implant process comfortably in our Austin, TX dentist office. First, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Wainwright. He’ll talk to you about your goals and medical history, as well as give you a thorough oral exam. This is to make sure your health is ready for implants and that you have enough sufficient bone density to support them.
If you’re approved to move forward with the procedure, the next phase is placing the dental implants in the jaw. This is a surgical procedure and technology is used to make sure they’re ideally placed. Once the implants are placed, there is a long healing process. It’s essential to make sure they’re fusing with the jawbone so you get the stability you need. Healing takes about 3-6 months.
Once they’re placed, you’ll get a temporary restoration to wear until your permanent one can be placed. The abutment is connected to the top of the dental implant to make sure the restoration is snugly attached. Once your final restoration is ready, we’ll fit it to make sure everything is perfect for you. After this, you’re set with a new smile! Learn more about dental implants.
Getting Dental Implants at Your Austin, Texas Dental Office
Can dental implants be the solution you need to replace your missing teeth? Call us today or schedule an appointment online.