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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

For over 30 years, dental implants have been changing lives. Designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth, dental implants allow patients to laugh, speak, and smile with confidence. With dental implants, a person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

The implants themselves are titanium root replacements that are gently placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The underlying jaw-bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Once the implants are ready to be restored with man-made teeth, small posts are attached to the implants, which provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Our doctors have had extensive training in dental implant surgery and are capable of everything from the simple placement of a single implant to comprehensive treatment requiring multiple implants, associated grafting and reconstructive techniques.

Why should I choose dental implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

Implants are recommended over other reconstructive techniques for several reasons. It is not beneficial to sacrifice the structure of surrounding teeth to bridge a space. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient. Also, dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Will it hurt?

Because dental implants are gently placed into the underlying jaw-bone, the recovery from the procedure is often associated with very little discomfort. If necessary, your surgeon will prescribe or recommend analgesic pain medications to minimize the discomfort in the recovery period.

How long does it take to complete treatment?

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are gently placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone so that there will be a stable anchor for the man-made tooth. During this time period, you should be able to wear temporary dentures if desired, and progress to eating a normal diet with time.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Our doctors or your restorative dentist will uncover the implants and attach small posts to the implants that will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction, further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants with temporary crowns at one visit. This procedure, called “immediate provisionals,” greatly simplifies the surgical process.

How long will it take for my dental implant treatment to heal?

The time period necessary for implants to heal to the underlying jaw-bone is determined by the body’s healing ability. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done to speed the process in which the underlying jaw-bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In most instances, it is recommended that the implant be allowed to heal for at least 3 months prior to placing the final man-made tooth. This ensures that the foundation for the tooth is well healed and stable, improving the success rate for the procedure.

What is the cost of dental implant treatment?

The actual cost of dental implant treatment depends on a variety of factors, such as the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the recommended treatment option. The cost is typically relative to other tooth replacement options, but long-term, dental implant treatment is most often more cost-effective than bridges, partials and dentures.

The best way to provide you with a true estimate of the cost is to have an examination with one of our oral surgeons. Austin Oral Surgery offers dental implant consultations as an opportunity for you to meet with one of our surgeons to learn more about dental implants and determine a customized treatment plan to best meet your needs.  Call us at 512-402-6677 to schedule your dental implant consultation today.

Why should I choose Austin Oral Surgery for my dental implant treatment?

Our doctors have extensive training in dental implant surgery and are capable of everything from the simple placement of a single implant to comprehensive treatment requiring multiple implants, grafting and reconstructive techniques.

Implants are a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Restorative Dentist, both being the best at what they do. While our doctors perform the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis.

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For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 512-402-6677.