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.
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.
Other benefits of implants include:
- Improved Strength and 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.
- Enhanced Appearance, Comfortable Feel: Implant-retained restorations both look and feel like real teeth, giving you a smile that you can feel fully comfortable and confident with.
- Longevity: Bridges and dentures may have to be replaced in less than a decade. In contrast, implants are known to last for 30 years or longer as long as they get the right care.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
After tooth loss, it can feel as if your days of having a strong smile are behind you, but dental implants can help almost anyone who has missing teeth. Whether you need to replace one tooth or an entire arch, we have an implant solution that can meet your needs. During your consultation with us, we’ll examine your unique mouth and create a custom treatment plan to complete your smile. Regardless of your situation or what led to your missing teeth, we can rebuild your confidence.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
A good candidate for dental implants will have the following:
- Good overall health. If you have certain health issues, such as poorly controlled diabetes, a smoking habit, or osteoporosis, these conditions can complicate treatment.
- Healthy gums. Your gums must be infection free in order to qualify for dental implants.
- Sufficient jawbone. The jawbone needs to grow around the post, holding it firmly in place. Without enough jawbone, the implant would fail.
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, but in each case, the implant will need a few months to join with the jawbone before we can attach a restoration that seamlessly fills in the gap.
Missing 1 Tooth
Although a dental bridge is a faster treatment for replacing a single lost tooth, it comes with a cost. Instead of removing enamel from perfectly healthy teeth to prepare the way for a bridge, we can directly replace a tooth with an implant-retained dental crown. This crown would look just like a real tooth, both above and below the gums, connecting with the jawbone itself. As a result, this implant crown should last much longer than a traditional bridge.
Missing Multiple Teeth
There are various ways to use implants to replace several teeth at once. It’s important to keep in mind that we don’t always have to replace each missing tooth with an individual implant. For instance, two implants can support a dental bridge to fill in a space left by three or four lost teeth. With implant bridges, you won’t have to worry about removing healthy tooth structure. In other situations, two or more implants can also hold a partial denture in position, providing much more stability for this restoration.
Missing All Teeth
Have you lost all your natural teeth? Implants may still be an option! Four to six implants are enough to support a full denture that replaces every tooth in an arch at once. Instead of relying on natural suction or denture adhesives, your denture can be anchored to these strategically placed posts that are permanently attached to your jawbone. This nature-mimicking structure enables you to avoid awkward scenarios where your prosthetic teeth come loose. With implant dentures, you can bite and chew your food without slippage, giving you confidence to eat, smile, talk, and laugh in front of others.
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, whereas other replacements will need to be redone every 7 to 10 years (meaning you’ll have to pay for an all-new restoration).
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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