Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dental implants are a wonderful alternative for people with one or more missing teeth. Dental implants consist of a titanium screw that is anchored to your jaw bone and covered with a crown once healing time is complete. Dentures are a set of false teeth that slip into the mouth and are removable. When compared to dental implants, dentures may slip while in your mouth, making it difficult to speak or chew. Dental implants are permanently anchored into your bone structure and are crafted for an ideal look, feel and fit. In some cases, dental implants are used in conjunction with a partial denture.

When considering dental implants, your dentist will evaluate your existing bone structure to ensure that your bone structure can support the dental implant. If you are a candidate for dental implants, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth to ensure the right feel and fit of your dental implant. Then, the titanium screw will be anchored into your jaw bone and a temporary cap will be placed over the screw.  Next, the osseointegration process (healing) begins which may take up to six months. After the osseointegration process is complete, the temporary cap will be removed and a permanent crown will be placed over the screw.  In the end, you will have a beautiful, life like tooth restoration from dental implants.

If you are interested in general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.