Dental Implants – Austin, TX
for Tooth Loss
Traditional forms of tooth replacement fill in the empty spaces in your smile so that you can speak and chew normally. Dental implants also fulfill this function, but they go a step further by replacing the roots as well, making them the next best thing to getting the real tooth back. Dr. Wong and Dr. Caballero are able to both place and restore dental implants in-house, so don’t hesitate to call us to learn more about dental implants in Austin, TX, the current gold standard of tooth replacement.
Why Choose Avenue Dental
for Dental Implants?
- All-Inclusive Implant Care Under One Roof
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
- Two Experienced, Bilingual Dentists
A dental implant is made out of three components: an implant post, an abutment, and a restoration. The post will be made out of titanium and fuses with the jawbone so that it can provide solid support for the new tooth. The restoration (which might be a single crown, a bridge, or dentures) is what most people will see when admiring your new smile. The abutment is a device that connects the post and the restoration together.
When you compare other tooth replacement options to dental implants, you quickly see why implants are considered the best choice available. This solution replaces the entire tooth from root to crown, which provides you with many advantages over bridges and denture alone. For instance, implant-retained restorations both look and feel like real teeth, giving you a smile that you can feel fully comfortable and confident with. Whether you’re missing one tooth or all of them, implants can give you back what you’ve lost and impact your quality of life.
Dentures and bridges are placed on top of your gums, but dental implants go deeper. They attach to the jawbone, which gives them much more stability. Your new teeth will stay in place and allow you to eat anything you want, unlike dentures that might slip and make it hard to chew certain foods. This improved security and strength also allow you to enjoy a healthier, more balanced diet, which can help you feel better overall! Knowing that your teeth won’t slip out of place and can help you eat healthy can bring you peace of mind and a boost in your self-esteem.
A jawbone that has lost a tooth will start to shrink and break down. The body will decide the area is no longer needed and start withholding nutrients from it. As the jawbone shrinks, the rest of your facial features will collapse, and your other teeth will shift and become crooked. Only dental implants can directly address this problem, as the post actively stimulates the bone and increases the blood flow to the area so that it can stay healthy.
Did you know that bridges and dentures may have to be replaced in less than a decade? Because the jawbone changes shape over time after tooth loss, restorations need to be substituted frequently to keep up with these changes. In contrast, implants are known to last for 30 years or longer as long as they get the right care. Although implants tend to cost more upfront, when you add up the cost of replacements for dentures and bridges, dental implants often prove to be the more cost effective option in the long run!
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
A good candidate for dental implants will have healthy gums and a jawbone with a sufficient amount of bone tissue. If you’ve already suffered bone loss or have gum disease, you may still be able to get implants after these issues have been treated. Your options for implants vary depending on your situation.
Missing Single Tooth
Instead of removing enamel from perfectly healthy teeth to prepare the way for a dental bridge, we can directly replace a tooth with an implant-retained dental crown. The implant will need a few months to join with the jawbone before we can attach a crown that seamlessly fills in the gap.
Missing Multiple Teeth
There are various ways to use implants to replace several teeth at once. Two implants can support a dental bridge to fill in a space left by three or four teeth. Four to six implants are enough to support a full denture that replaces every tooth in an arch at once.
Placing dental implants requires surgery. Hearing that, you may be dreading the news that you’ll have to see an unfamiliar oral surgeon at a separate dental office that you can’t get to easily. But at Avenue Dental, the entire implant procedure can be completed right here by our caring, experienced team, making the whole process more efficient. This also keeps the costs of the process as low as possible! We’ll be by your side the entire time while your smile is being rebuilt.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
A dental implant will cost more up front than other types of tooth replacements, but if you look at them over the long term, they can actually be the smartest option financially. Not only can they improve oral health (thus potentially preventing additional procedures down the line), but they’ll also last for decades if they receive the right care. In contrast, other replacements will need to be redone every 7 to 10 years (meaning you’ll have to pay for an all-new restoration).
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
When calculating the cost of implant treatment, many people forget to consider any preparatory work that needs to be done. For instance, if you have gum disease or need a bone graft prior to implant placement, any preliminary procedure will come with additional cost. Then, when you’re ready to have the implant posts placed, the cost of this surgery will be determined based on how many implants you’re receiving as well as their location within the mouth.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
When you buy a car, or any product for that matter, you typically have several brands to choose from. Each one has its unique features and pricing. The same goes for dental implants. Depending on the kind of implant and abutment you need, the cost can vary simply because of the manufacturer’s pricing. However, at your consultation we should be able to give you a clear estimate for your specific case so that you know exactly how much you’ll pay.
How Dental Implants Can Save You Money
If you look at just the initial cost of replacing your missing teeth, dental implants can seem overpriced. Traditional dentures or bridges can appear to be the more cost efficient option. However, these prosthetics have to be replaced about every 5 to 10 years because the jawbone is constantly changing. As a result, you have to pay more and more as time goes by. With dental implants, you make an investment upfront, and with proper maintenance you hold onto your new teeth for decades. In the long run, dental implants could cost you less than going with traditional replacements.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Although there are few exceptions, most dental insurance policies do not cover dental implants. However, your insurance may apply to some parts of treatment. For instance, if you require preliminary work like tooth extraction, your insurance may pay for a portion of the cost. Also, the restorations are typically covered in part by insurance. After we have had the chance to examine you, our team can look into your benefits to see how we can help you save.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
With or without the help of dental insurance, you may find that the cost of treatment is too much to pay all upfront. Perhaps dividing the total into smaller monthly payments would fit into your budget more easily. Fortunately, that’s exactly what CareCredit allows you to do. Our team can help you apply for low-interest financing and make pretty much any treatment affordable!
Dental Implant FAQs
Out of the many procedures offered in dentistry, dental implants are among the most complex. As a result, it can be challenging to fully understand them, especially if you are new to this information. We want to help you make a fully informed decision about your tooth replacement, which is why we answer several commonly asked questions below. If you would like to discuss implants in more detail, we invite you to get into contact with our office and schedule a consultation.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Overall, dental implants enjoy a 95 percent success rate in the hands of highly trained professionals, such as our dentists here at Avenue Dental. However, you need to keep in mind that the long-term success of your implants will greatly depend on how well you maintain them through daily brushing and flossing as well as visiting our office for checkups and cleanings on a regular basis. Molars may also be more prone to failure because of the stress they experience from chewing; however, with the right care, dental implants can last for 30 years or even longer!
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
For the placement procedure, your mouth will be numb, meaning you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. In addition to a local anesthetic, we can use nitrous oxide sedation to calm any nervousness or anxiety you may be feeling. After the surgery, you may experience some soreness, but over-the-counter pain reliever should be sufficient to keep you comfortable as you heal. If you experience severe pain, or pain that worsens in the days following your procedure, get in touch with our office.
What Can I Eat with Dental Implants?
Once the dental implants have fused with the jawbone, you are free to eat essentially whatever foods you like. We encourage staying away from chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and other foods that place excessive stress on the dental implants, but otherwise, your implants should be strong and stable enough to manage chewing any foods. After the placement procedure, however, you need to be careful about what you eat in order to allow the site to heal properly. For instance, hard or crunchy foods will only disturb the blood clot, potentially causing complications. For a few days after implant placement, stick to a soft food diet until the site has healed sufficiently.
How Long Does the Implant Process Take?
Each individual case is unique, so there is no typical timeline for implant treatment. From the initial consultation all the way to restoration, it can take up to a year to complete the process. The placement procedure itself may take several hours or be spread across a couple of appointments, depending on how many implants you are receiving. Then, the osseointegration process, which involves the jawbone growing to surround the implants, may require several months before the jawbone is finished. Later on, creating the restoration may take a few weeks, perhaps more if the restoration needs to be adjusted. At your first consultation, we should be able to give you an estimated timeline for your specific case, helping you know what you can expect.
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