Not only can dental implants replace lost teeth, they can help preserve the health of existing natural teeth. Dental implants are used to permanently replace lost teeth—including tooth structure below the gum line. Our skilled and experienced oral surgeons are proud to offer implant dentistry services to help patients reclaim oral function and improve their appearance.
The Components of a Dental Implant
A dental implant is composed of two important features: A titanium post and a prosthetic crown. The titanium post has a ridged texture and resembles a screw. This post is inserted into the jawbone. Since the post is constructed of titanium, the bone mass surrounding the implant site will eventually fuse around the post and anchor it in place. This process of bone integration allows this part of the implant to replace a tooth’s roots.
After the initial oral surgery where the titanium post is placed, patients will enter a recovery and stabilization period. Once the bone has properly fused to the implant, patients will return to receive the second component, a permanent, prosthetic crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that will fill in the missing tooth structure above the gums and provide a sturdy biting surface for eating food. The crown is custom made so that it perfectly fits in a patient’s mouth. Crowns may be constructed from metals or porcelain, or with porcelain fused over a metal base.
Dental Implants and Oral Health
When a patient loses a tooth, he or she is at risk for losing more teeth simply because teeth near an empty tooth socket are unsupported. Teeth that are unsupported can shift into empty spaces over time. By replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant, patients can diminish their risk for further tooth loss. Dental implants also prevent bone atrophy and restore oral function.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, we welcome you to schedule a professional consultation. At your appointment, our team will perform an examination to determine if implants are right for you. Contact Austin Oral Surgery today to reserve your appointment.