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 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.
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 practice 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).
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