A missing tooth is more than a simple cosmetic annoyance. The gaps created by missing teeth can invite bacteria and infection, can compromise a patient’s ability to eat and speak correctly, and can allow adjacent teeth to shift their positioning. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, it is important to fill the gap to prevent further damage to your mouth. Dental implants maintained by Austin Dental Spa are a superb restorative dentistry solution for our patients who are missing one or a number of teeth and would like worry-free restorations. Unlike full or partial dentures, dental implants are permanently fixed in the mouth.
Dental implants can be terrific alternatives to dentures. While traditional dentures have become more advanced over the years, they are still known to move and slip along the gums, and they require extra maintenance to keep them clean. Dental implants are custom- designed for a precise fit, and they are permanently affixed to your jawbone – ultimately becoming part of your mouth like your natural teeth. This means no messy gels, nightly soaks, slippage along the gums, or unpleasant odors associated with traditional dentures. If you have missing teeth, dental implants can help you improve chewing and speaking while enhancing the appearance of your smile.
While implants can be a great solution for many people, it is important for patients to be good candidates to allow for successful, long-lasting results. Patients undergoing dental implant surgery should have the following:
While these traits often describe a good candidate for dental implants, your dentist will examine your jaw structure and medical history to determine whether you are qualified to undergo the procedure. If you qualify, an oral surgeon or periodontist will place the implant or implants and then one of our dentists can make the permanent crown that will provide the finishing touch.
“You may have trouble distinguishing between the dental implant and your natural teeth!”
The dental implant procedure can be performed to replace a single tooth or to support a restoration replacing multiple teeth. Depending on your unique needs and qualifications, your doctor will recommend which solution can provide the best possible results.
If you are missing one tooth, a single tooth implant may be your ideal solution. Whether you have lost the tooth from trauma, gum disease, or another cause, an implant is the restoration most similar to your natural tooth. During the implant procedure, an oral surgeon or periodontist will implant a titanium post where your tooth root used to be. This should eventually fuse to your jawbone and become a part of your mouth, just like the original tooth.
Once your implant has fused to your jawbone, Dr. Mark Sweeney will create a customized porcelain dental crown that will be affixed to the implant. These crown restorations are designed for the most precise and accurate fit possible, and the crown is color-matched to your surrounding teeth. The crown provides the final touch to your dental implant. Once it is placed, you may have trouble distinguishing between the dental implant and your natural teeth!
More and more people are discovering the significant benefits of replacing a missing tooth with an implant versus a traditional bridge. Beyond their natural-looking appearance, dental implants hold structural advantages that bridges do not. For example, bridges entail an artificial tooth that requires the support of the adjacent teeth, which alters your otherwise healthy teeth. By opting for an implant, you are choosing a standalone replacement.
In addition, a single tooth implant has the ability to help prevent bone loss. Since the titanium post replaces the natural tooth root, the jawbone continues to be stimulated. As a result, it does not recede like when only the exposed part of the tooth is replaced. This long-term benefit helps you retain your facial contours to avoid the sunken-looking appearance that can develop over time due to a lost tooth.
If you are missing multiple teeth, you may be a good candidate for an implant-supported denture. This procedure is similar to placing an implant for a single tooth, with an implant post first being surgically inserted into the space of the missing tooth root. However, the implant denture process differs in that multiple dental implants are strategically placed with the purpose of securing a denture as the restoration.
Implant dentures are a great option for those missing several teeth who want a more stable teeth replacement compared to traditional dentures. The option is also viable for those who may not be good candidates for multiple dental implants, such as from inadequate jawbone density. By affixing a denture to implants that have become a permanent part of the mouth, patients can expect a number of advantages over traditional dentures.
Implant dentures are considered a superior teeth replacement compared to traditional dentures. This is because an implant denture restoration is anchored to the gumline by being attached to the titanium posts that have been placed. This eliminates much of the hassle and discomfort with which regular dentures tend to be associated.
When a custom-made denture is secured to multiple dental implants across an arch, this often improves a patient’s ability to eat, speak, and smile, since the denture no longer slips along the gumline. This also reduces irritation from rubbing. In addition, implant dentures do not require messy adhesives or gels since the denture is already secured. While both versions of dentures can restore the form of missing teeth, only implant dentures can create a similar function to one’s natural teeth.
Although dental implants may have a higher upfront cost compared to other tooth replacement options, they are more economical in the long run. Bridges and traditional dentures often need to be replaced the longer you have them. Since dental implants are a permanent solution with an extremely high success rate, they can last for decades, if not a lifetime, when cared for properly. On average, the cost of a single tooth implant is about $3,000 to $4,500. However, a number of factors will affect your total cost, such as if additional work needs to be done.
To get a personalized quote for your implant and restoration process, you will need to schedule an appointment to undergo an oral evaluation. Once a customized treatment plan has been created based off your unique needs, you will have the chance to review your cost quote. Should you wish to make your dental implant procedure fit more comfortably within your budget, our team offers financing options that can divide your total cost into more manageable monthly payments.
Dr. Sweeney can help you maintain the integrity and beauty of your smile for years to come with dental implants maintenance and restoration. If you are interested in strengthening your smile with dental implants, the team at Austin Dental Spa can refer you to a premier oral surgeon or periodontist nearby. We have excellent referral relationships with the best oral surgeons and periodontists in Central Texas to cover all of your implant needs. To get started, please contact us to schedule an appointment.