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.
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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.
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?
Practicing good oral hygiene is an important step in caring for your dental implants. Be sure to brush at least twice a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss regularly and utilize a small interdental brush in order to brush hard-to-reach areas on and around your dental implants. 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?
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.
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