At The Dental Centre, dental implants are artificial tooth roots that serve as anchors for replacement teeth. When a patient is missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer a permanent solution. The implant is a small titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone, where it will bond with the bone and serve as a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth.
A dental implant consists of three parts: the post, the abutment, and the restoration. The post is the implant inserted into the missing tooth's bone socket. The abutment is attached to the post and protrudes from the gum line. The restoration is the part of the implant that looks like a natural tooth. It can be a crown, a bridge, or a denture.
Dental implants in Austin, TX, look and feel like natural teeth. They are designed to fuse with the bone, becoming permanent fixtures in your mouth. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Dental implants stay securely in place, unlike dentures, which can become loose over time. You won’t have to worry about them slipping around when you eat or talk.
Because dental implants are anchored in the bone, they help to preserve your jawbone and prevent bone loss. They also don’t decay like natural teeth, making them less likely to develop cavities.
First, you must come in for a consultation with our dentist in Austin, TX. During this consultation, the dentist will examine your mouth and determine if implants are best for you. If dental implants are right for you, the dentist will take X-rays and create a treatment plan.
Next, the dentist will surgically place the implant in your jawbone. This surgery is performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. Once the implant is placed, it must heal for 3-6 months. During this time, the bone will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration.
After your implant has healed, you will return to the office to have the crown placed on top of the implant. Our dentist will place a temporary crown on the implant while your custom crown is made. Once your permanent crown is ready, you will return to the office to have it placed.
Finally, you must take care of your new smile by brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. With proper care, your dental implants can last for many years.
If you are missing one or more teeth and are considering dental implants, contact The Dental Centre at 4301 W WILLIAM CANNON DR Building B #240, Austin, TX, 78749 or call (512) 892-7800 to determine if dental implants are the right choice for you.