Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants are typically made of titanium which is not harmful or toxic to human tissue. Titanium is a metal that is very light yet also extremely strong. It is also resistant to corrosion. This lightweight and strong metal is actually used in many biomedical applications including knee and hip replacements, pacemakers and heart valves. Titanium dental implants have been used for over 50 years are considered safe.
How does a dental implant work?
A dental implant will be surgically placed in the jaw bone along the arch where a missing tooth once was. The surrounding bone will then fuse with the implant over a period of three to six months. When the implant and the bone become one, the implant is then extremely stable and as strong as bone. This is what makes it capable of holding a restoration in place. The fake teeth are then able to function similar to natural teeth.
What is the timeline for getting an implant supported prosthesis?
Each patient will have a personalized treatment plan created for them by Austin dentist, Dr. Glen Wainwright. No two patients will have the same timeline since each patient will have their own unique circumstances. If you require pretreatment, this will need to be completed first. This may include gum disease treatment, bone grafting or tooth extractions. Next, the implants will need to be surgically placed in the jaw bone. After surgery, you must wait about three to six months before the abutments can be attached. After an additional two weeks of healing, the dental restoration can be attached by Dr. Wainwright.
How are dental implants good for my overall health?
People who are missing teeth know how hard it is to consume a healthy diet. Even when teeth are replaced with a denture, there are still many eating restrictions. This lack of healthy food in your diet can lead to diabetes, osteoporosis or even heart disease. Dental implants are very strong and allow the patient to eat an almost restrictive-free diet. A prosthesis that is secured to teeth implants will function just like natural teeth.
Is the surgery complicated or dangerous?
Thanks to the many advances in dental technology over the years, the implant surgery is extremely safe and routine. As long as you are in good health, do not smoke and take care of your implants, you have over a 95% chance of success.
Will dental implants stop bone loss?
Not only will dental implants halt bone loss, they will actually make the bone stronger. No other dental restoration can accomplish this making teeth implants the number one choice for replacing missing teeth. Once a tooth is lost, the bone that held the tooth root will begin to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. When an implant is placed in the jaw bone, it provides enough stimulation when you chew to stop bone loss. Once the implant is fully fused, the bone will actually become stronger.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Austin, TX
Are you looking for dental implants to replace missing teeth? The first step is to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Glen Wainwright at his Austin, TX dentist office. At this appointment, he will perform a full examination of your overall and oral health to see if you qualify for dental implants. A customized treatment plan will be created that is personalized to your unique needs.