Dental Implants

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Dental Implants in Austin

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth can regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural. Implants also can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.


For information regarding your unique situation, contact our office by calling (512) 399-1115 today. 


What Are Dental Implants Made of?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.

What Is the Process for Implanting Teeth into Someone’s Mouth?

After the dental implant is placed in the proper position in the jawbone, the implant normally is left undisturbed for 3 to 4 months while the bone grows right up to the implant, also called the time for osseointegration.

Next, there is a short appointment where the top of the implant is exposed, and an abutment is placed inside the implant and through the gum tissue and into the mouth. Individual teeth can be placed over the abutments or other types of attachments, which will support multiple replacement teeth.

Benefits of Getting Dental Implants in Austin 

Getting dental implants offers numerous benefits that contribute to improved oral health, aesthetics, and overall quality of life:

  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Dental implants closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth, providing a seamless and attractive smile that boosts self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improved Oral Function: Implants function like natural teeth, allowing for comfortable chewing, biting, and speaking. They restore full dental functionality, eliminating difficulties often experienced with missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures.
  • Preservation of Bone Health: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone just like natural tooth roots, helping to prevent bone loss and maintain facial structure.
  • Durability and Longevity: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, making them a cost-effective and reliable long-term solution.
  • No Dietary Restrictions: Unlike removable dentures, dental implants allow you to enjoy a wide range of foods without worrying about limitations or discomfort.
  • Easy Maintenance: Implants require the same oral hygiene routine as natural teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.
  • Natural Feel: Dental implants offer a natural feel and comfort similar to real teeth, allowing you to enjoy everyday activities without any discomfort.

Bell Dental Studio specializes in providing high-quality dental implant solutions, allowing patients to enjoy these benefits and regain a healthy, beautiful smile.


Contact us at (512) 399-1115 to learn more about whether dental implants would be a good fit for you. 


 

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Is the Dental Implant Procedure Uncomfortable?

Many patients are surprised at how simple and painless the entire process can be. Some are nervous about how permanent the implants can be, but that’s one of the big advantages of implants. Also, many patients initially are apprehensive that the process requires drilling into the bone of the jaw, but the reality is that bone contains no nerve endings and there is no pain associated with that process.

How Do I Care For My Dental Implants?

There are a few things you can do to care for your dental implants. Here are a few of them: 

  • Practice good oral hygiene: This is an important step in caring for your dental implants. 
  • Brush your teeth: Be sure to brush at least twice a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. 
  • Use dental floss: Floss regularly and utilize a small interdental brush in order to brush hard-to-reach areas on and around your dental implants. 
  • Be mindful of diet: It is also a good idea to limit your intake of foods that may be too hard for your implants, such as nuts, chips or certain candies.

Dr. Bell’s Implant Credentials

Dr. Bell has restored hundreds of implant fixtures. In addition to restoring implants, he also performs the procedure of surgically placing the actual titanium fixtures (root portion) of the implant. Learn more about Dr. Bell and team.

Are Implants a Good Fit for You?

Determining if dental implants are a good fit for you requires a thorough evaluation by our qualified Austin dental implant specialist. Here are some factors that are typically considered when determining if dental implants are a good fit:

  1. Oral health: To be a good candidate for dental implants, you should have good oral health and healthy gums. Any existing dental problems, such as gum disease or tooth decay, should be treated before implant surgery.
  2. Sufficient bone density: Dental implants require a certain amount of bone density to support the implant post. If you have lost a significant amount of bone mass in your jaw, bone grafting may be necessary before implant surgery.
  3. General health: Your overall health can also play a role in determining if dental implants are a good fit. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, may increase the risk of complications during implant surgery.
  4. Lifestyle factors: Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption can also increase the risk of complications during implant surgery and may affect the healing process.
  5. Commitment to proper care: Patients who are committed to proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are more likely to have long-term success with dental implants.

Contact us to schedule an evaluation of your individual case to determine if dental implants are a good fit for you. We can discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure and help you make an informed decision about your dental restoration options. 


Do you have questions about dental implants? Concerned about the cost or the process? Contact us for a consultation to learn more and set your mind at ease. Implants have made a big difference in the lives of many of our patients.


What to Expect: Dental Implant Procedure Recovery

The recovery process after a dental implant procedure can vary depending on various factors, such as the number of implants placed, the individual's overall health, and the specific technique used. Here is a general overview of the dental implant procedure recovery process:

  • Immediately after the procedure: Following the dental implant surgery, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, and minor bleeding around the implant site. Follow your specific post-operative instructions to manage these symptoms. You may be prescribed pain medications or antibiotics if necessary.
  • Swelling and bruising: Swelling and bruising around the implant site and adjacent tissues are common after the surgery. Applying an ice pack to the outside of your face in the immediate hours following the procedure can help reduce swelling. After the first 24 to 48 hours, you can switch to warm compresses to aid in healing.
  • Diet & oral hygiene: It's important to follow any dietary restrictions recommended by your dentist. In the initial days after the surgery, a soft or liquid diet is usually advised to prevent any damage to the implant site. You may gradually reintroduce solid foods as your dentist advises. Additionally, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial. 
  • Healing and osseointegration: The healing process involves the integration of the dental implant with the surrounding bone, a process known as osseointegration. This typically takes several weeks to a few months. During this time, it is important to avoid placing excessive pressure or stress on the implant area.
  • Follow-up appointments: Your dentist will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the healing progress, check the implant's stability, and remove any stitches if necessary. These appointments are essential for ensuring the success of the dental implant procedure.
  • Final restoration: Once the dental implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, a custom dental crown, bridge, or denture can be attached to the implant to restore the missing tooth/teeth. This step typically occurs after the healing process is complete.

It's important to note that the above description provides a general outline of the dental implant recovery process. Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions based on your individual case.