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How Dental Implants Work – Austin, TX

Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants

Dental implants in Lakeway are the patient-preferred treatment for missing teeth because they closely look and feel natural. Not to mention, they offer a high success rate. Their various advantages are the result of the unique process used to replace both the root and the crown of a lost tooth. Although the treatment is a bit more complex than standard dental prosthetics, each step is vital to ensuring the long-term success of your new smile. There is no need to worry. Here is what you can expect when replacing your teeth with dental implants.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

 model of dental implant

Generally, if you have one or more missing teeth and you have good oral health, you are a candidate for dental implants, but you still need an initial consultation with your dentist in Lakeway. Dr. Daniel Eaddy discusses your medical and lifestyle history to check for any factors that may lead to implant failure. Besides a visual examination, x-rays and a CT scan are taken to assess your oral structures. Depending on the results of the imaging, you may need additional treatments before having your implant posts placed, such as tooth extractions or bone grafting.

Dental Implant Surgery

dental implant components

Biocompatible titanium implant posts are surgically placed into your jawbone to act as new roots. The number of posts needed depends on how many teeth you are replacing. While under sedation or anesthesia, your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. Small holes are drilled into it to insert each post. Your gum tissue is sutured closed, and the healing process begins.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

implant-retained denture

The implant posts stimulate new bone growth, so your jaw fuses to them over the next several months. This creates a stable foundation for your replacement teeth while also preserving the density of your jawbone.

After your jaw has healed, you need a second minor surgery to attach abutments to the posts. This are special fixtures that connect the restorations to the posts. Your gum tissue is opened to expose the head of the posts. The abutments are placed on each one, and your gums will heal around them over the next couple of weeks. This creates a natural-looking appearance while also sealing out harmful bacteria.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

single tooth implant

The final step to completing your smile involves creating your restorations. An impression of your mouth is taken to carefully craft your prosthetic teeth from all-ceramic material. They are designed to meet your exact color, size, and shape needs.

Your restorations will vary slightly depending on how many teeth you are replacing. A single tooth is replaced using a crown while one or more consecutive missing teeth are treated with an implant-retained bridge or partial. You can replace an entire arch with an implant-supported denture.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you still have questions about dental implants, Dr. Eaddy takes the time to answer them during your consultation to help you make the right choice for your smile. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.