Modern dentistry has many options to replace missing teeth but dental implants are by far the best option. Dental implants offer permanent, secure, natural-feeling teeth replacement for those with missing or failing teeth.
In addition to the many cosmetic benefits of dental implants,
During a minor surgical procedure, a dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the open space created by the missing tooth. The site then heals over a period of time and fuses with the surrounding bone. After healing, a permanent crown is attached.
Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, all teeth, or secure implant secured dentures.
Replace One Tooth – A single dental implant is inserted into the bone to serve as the mounting structure for a missing tooth.
Replace Multiple Teeth – Multiple dental implant posts are inserted into the bone and covered with a permanent crown. Teeth can be adjacent and replace the need for a dental bridge or in several positions in the mouth.
Replace All Teeth Permanently – Dental implants can be used to replace all teeth and provide permanent support and protection. Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower teeth. Dental implants protect your jawbone, don’t move, and should last a lifetime.
After developing your tailored treatment plan, the dentist will place the titanium implant within the original tooth’s bone socket. Over time as the jawbone heals, it grows around the titanium post securing it to the bone. Generally, the healing process will take from three to four weeks.
Once the implant has bonded to the bone, Dr. Austin will place a small connector post called an abutment (titanium or zirconia), the abutment is then attached to the implant post to securely hold the new tooth. A replacement tooth known as a crown will then be attached to the abutment. Another option is the screw-retained option. Where the dentist will use a screw to integrate the crown with the implant. Your dentist will customize your crown to match the look and shape of the surrounding natural teeth. Both options are based on each patient’s case. Dr. Austin will discuss the best options for your case.
To discuss the option of dental implants, please call us or request an appointment online.