Dental Implants in Austin

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Single Tooth Implants Austin – View After Results Below

Problem & Solution to Case Pictured Above

Our patient had trauma to her front tooth that resulted in losing the entire tooth.  Dental implant in Austin was placed to replace the missing front tooth.  Implants are a great option for tooth replacement. After it was placed, and the patient completed teeth whitening, we restored the tooth to its original beauty with a porcelain crown. The final result is exceptional looks so natural, it matches her other teeth perfectly. It’s even hard to tell which is the fake tooth!

Unlike removable dentures, they do not require support from surrounding teeth and once healed, are indistinguishable from your own teeth.

If you are missing all of your teeth, or require all of your teeth to be extracted earlier in your life, dental implants are the best option for you to retain your natural jaw bone structure. If you have lost all your teeth, it can be placed to hold a complete set of artificial teeth.

This is the closest thing to a natural tooth, and has two main parts:

1. A replacement root form made from titanium that is surgically placed in your jaw,

2. The replacement tooth or teeth that are placed on the root form or forms (abutment and crown).

Advantages of a Dental Implants in Austin and Lakeway, TX from Dr. Patel:

  • The adjacent teeth do not have to be reshaped for crowns
  • Once it heals, is very comfortable and feels and acts just like your own tooth and can be cleaned and flossed just like a natural tooth
  • There is not extra hardware required in your mouth
  • Other teeth aren’t subjected to the strain of having work attached to them. Bridges and removable appliances can weaken the teeth they are attached to
  • Good chewing function

Am I a candidate?

Dr. Tejas Patel, of the Lakeway Smiles Austin, Texas can determine if dental implants are right for you. He’ll look at:

  • The position of the tooth or teeth to be replaced
  • Your general oral health, which must be good
  • The quality and quantity of bone in the area; there must be enough good quality bone tissue to hold the implant securely. This requires dental molds to be taken of your mouth, xrays to evaluate the bone and vital structures and Imaging to be completed for a full assessment of the specific anatomical considerations.

Standard Implants

A typical implant consists of a titanium screw (resembling a tooth root) with a roughened or smooth surface. Standard implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, to support a fixed or permanent bridge, to help retain a removable prosthesis(dentures), or to support Hybrid Dentures.

The procedure

This can be done in several appointments. The first step is to have the implant post surgically place into the jawbone.

  • This surgery is generally performed under a local anesthetic and sedation
  • This implant will become a stable foundation for the tooth that will be attached to it

Second stage

After it is placed, there’ll be a wait of about 3 months, while the bone and implant gradually fuse and integrate with each other.

Then Dr Patel will fit the artificial tooth on to the implant, or create the bridge if you have several missing or damaged teeth. The entire process, from initial surgery to complete healing, may take several months.

Implant supported Dentures in Austin

The technological advancements have significantly improved the treatment options available for patients missing one, a few, or all of their teeth, and for those with failing teeth or severe periodontal disease. Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth, and because they integrate with the bone and become a part of the jaw, they preserve bone structure and prevent the inevitable bone loss that results from missing teeth.

What exactly do we mean when we say “denture implants”? The term refers directly to a surgical procedure that is performed under anesthetic. One or more small titanium rods are literally screwed into the bone of the dental ridge under your gums, and the tops of the rods are left exposed above the gum line. The implants are then given time to heal, usually at least two months. If all looks good, then you are ready for the denture to attach and mount to the implants underneath. This strongly increases the retention and stability of the denture.

Your dental treatment plan will depend on the area within the mouth and the number of missing teeth. For example, a space with one missing tooth and natural teeth on either side can be treated with a dental implant supported restoration to provide a long- term, low-maintenance treatment result while maintaining the integrity of the adjacent teeth. In a situation where all of the lower teeth are missing, four dental implants can be strategically positioned to support a restoration with 10-12 teeth providing function similar to a full complement of natural teeth.

Few more benefits:

  • Dental implants help to maintain and retain the supporting jaw bone that would otherwise shrink away, thus maintaining the facial structure and preventing a sunken-in appearance to the face.
  • Placing dental implants rather than placing a traditional bridge prevents having to remove healthy tooth structure on adjacent teeth used to support the bridge.
  • Replacing missing teeth helps to distribute the forces of chewing so that the remaining teeth are not taking the brunt of the chewing load.
  • Using dental implants to support a denture prevents the denture from moving on the gum tissues and provides an extremely stable anchor for dentures allowing for improved chewing capacity and function.

Are implant supported dentures more beneficial than standard dentures? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do your dentures slip when you speak?
  • Does food get under your dentures when you eat?
  • Do your old dentures seem to be losing their grip?
  • Are you just plain tired of dealing with sore gums?

It can range in price, for a single implant the price can be from $900 to up to $2000.  That is just the cost for the implant or tooth root replacement itself.

The tooth root usually is not completed until a tooth or bridge or denture is connected to it to replace the top part of the tooth or teeth that is missing.  This is where the pricing is affected and can range in cost as well.

For example, for a single tooth to be replaced, which would be the implant and the tooth (which is called the abutment and crown), the total price can range from about $3000 to $5000.  This would be about $900 to $2000 for the implant and then $1100 to $3000 for the abutment and crown that attach to the implant.  So technically a single tooth when replaced is actually composed of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown.

Whether you need complete dentures or only a partial, cosmetic dentist Dr. Patel can help you get back to the lifestyle you enjoy. If you’re interested in the world-class cosmetic & general dentistry performed in Dr. Patel’s Austin dental office, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Patel today 512-263-8337