Replacing teeth is important. Not replacing missing teeth can lead to bone loss, can cause changes in the appearance of your face, and can cause your other teeth to move into the unoccupied space. Therefore,
Choosing whether or not to invest in dental implants can be tough, so we wanted to answer a few questions to help you better determine whether or not they’re right for you.
A dental implant is a titanium post that your dentist surgically implants into your jaw to permanently take the place of your tooth. You can read more about dental implants and the procedure we do at our Austin Dental Office. The post itself acts as your tooth root, and the crown takes the place of your tooth.
In terms of tooth replacement options, implants offer you security, comfort, and longevity. They will act like your normal teeth and will ward off any negative side effects of missing teeth.
The time it takes to get implants will depend on what needs to be done. If you need a bone graft or tooth extraction, these procedures will be added to the time it takes. However, getting dental implants generally takes three visits.
During your first appointment, your dentist will surgically implant the post. After your dentist implants the post into your jaw, it fuses to your jawbone by way of a process called osteointegration and remains secured in place. Your dentist will place your permanent crown during your third appointment.
During the surgery, your dentist will use a local anesthetic, meaning that you won’t feel any discomfort. You can use over-the-counter pain medications to help with any soreness after your surgery.
The answer to this question is this: it varies.
If you need to have teeth extracted, it will cost more. Bone grafting? It will cost more. Multiple implants can increase the cost as well.
However, even though implants cost more than dentures or other procedures upfront, they could last you, with proper care, for about 20 years! This means that they can save you money, discomfort, and dental procedures in the future.
Dental implants are an investment in yourself and your happiness.
We think so.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including the fact that they’re permanent, long-lasting, and they preserve your jawbone and your overall appearance, but there are a few things that really give implants an edge over other procedures.
Namely, they’re comfortable. Implants are set into your jaw bone, and there they stay. You don’t have to put up with the hassle or embarrassment of dentures. And best of all, you’re free to live your life exactly the way you want to! You can eat the foods you want—and taste them!—and speak to whomever you want whenever you want. They don’t require any special care outside of what you did to take care of your natural teeth.
On a whole, dental implants are a great, secure option for replacing any number of teeth.
You can replace anything from one single tooth to an entire arch, or all of your teeth, with dental implants. Talk to your dentist about how many implants you will need. Sometimes, a dentist can replace an entire arch with as few as 4 implants in as little as 1 day!
Not at all. Taking care of your implants is as easy as taking care of your other teeth. There isn’t any special treatment required.
On a whole, choosing whether dental implants are the right option for you is a personal choice. Speak with Dr. Carmona at Austin Prosthodontics about your tooth replacement options. Implants might be the perfect solution for you!