What are Dental Implants?
An implant is a dental restoration that is used to replace missing teeth within the mouth. In the past, the only two options for replacing a tooth were with bridges and partial dentures. Rather than compromise surrounding teeth or having to wear a removable prosthetic, an implant can be placed to become a permanent part of your smile. Implants are made of titanium, and are placed deep into the jawbone to replace both the upper and lower portion of the missing tooth.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
The reason you may need or even want an implant is because you’re missing a tooth. You may be looking for a permanent way to replace a missing tooth without causing damage to surrounding dentition. Implants are a go-to option for many because of their long-lasting durability. Most implants can easily last for decades without showing signs of damage or wear.
Watch the video: Dr. Bo Stanley of Austin, TX explains what a dental implant is
Watch the video: Dr. Bo Stanley of Austin, TX discusses the process of getting a dental implant
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
In order for you to be a good candidate for dental implants, you need to have enough healthy and solid bone structure in the area where the implant will be placed. If you have bone loss problems, we may recommend a bone grafting prior to placing the implants. You should be healthy enough to undergo the procedure and have the ability to heal after surgery. Most patients who want implants can safely come in for surgery.
What happens during the Dental Implant process?
The implant procedure is relatively straightforward and done similarly for every patient. We administer a local or general anesthetic to numb the area and improve your comfort. We then create an incision through the gums and make a tunnel-like hole through the jawbone itself. The titanium implant’s post is inserted into this hole and the area is given time to heal. Over the course of a few months, the implant bonds with the bone during a process known as osseointegration. Once healed, you’ll come back into the office to have a crown made to sit over the new implant.
If you would like to come into our office for an implant consultation, call us today to speak with one of our professional staff members.