If you are considering replacing lost teeth with dental implants, you probably have some questions. This relatively new method of tooth replacement is quite different from prosthetics of the past. Implants offer a total replacement of a tooth’s structure; including the roots below the surface of the gums. Dental implants can replace any tooth in one’s mouth, including molars and canines. When it comes to using implants to replace missing teeth, other factors (such as bone density and health) matter more than the type of tooth needing replacement. Our oral surgeons can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure after a physical examination and consultation.
What makes up dental implants?
Replacing a tooth with an implant involves two main components. First, a titanium post is embedded into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth’s root. After the initial surgery to place the post, patients will undergo a recovery phase of treatment so that the post can stabilize. This phase of recovery will give the body time to grow new bone mass that will eventually fuse around the implant to anchor it in place. Once an implant is stable, the smile completion process will consist of bonding a permanent prosthetic to the titanium post. Dental crowns are used to replace a single tooth, whereas a bridge can be used to replace a series of missing teeth. Prosthetics will provide a tooth-shaped biting surface for chewing food as well as support adjacent biological teeth. Some materials like porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal produce very natural and lifelike restorations.
How do I care for implants?
Implants are beneficial because they are low-maintenance—especially when compared to removable prosthetic teeth such as partial or full dentures. The reason implants are low maintenance is because they are cared for like biological teeth. Patients will brush and floss as normal to keep oral bacteria and other harmful substances at bay.
I’m interested in dental implants, what should I do next?
If you are wondering if implants are right for you, the best thing to do is to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. At your appointment, our team can answer your questions and address any concerns.
Call us today at Austin Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation.