Dental Implants in Lakeway, Texas
Dr. Winston and Dr. Daniel bring 25 years of surgical implant experience to our practice.
You have three basic options when it comes to tooth replacement: full and partial dentures, fixed bridges, and dental implants. For comfort, appearance, function, and longevity, dental implants have an advantage. Dental implants are designed to replace your missing teeth in a way that copies nature’s design, right down to replacing the tooth roots.
The Basics on Dental Implants
Dental implants are the preferred way to replace a single missing tooth. A small titanium root is placed into the bone and allowed to fuse for two to four months. Once the healing has finished, the permanent tooth is made and secured onto the implant. If the implant root is stable enough after placement, a temporary crown can be placed on the implant at that time. This is especially beneficial for missing front teeth. The primary advantage of single tooth implants over tooth-supported bridges for replacement is avoiding root canals and decay on the supporting teeth, as well as providing additional support to the jaw and bone.
Dental implants can also be used to support the replacement of multiple missing teeth with bridges, offering an alternative to loose and ill-fitting, removable partial dentures. These bridges are stable, secure, and can feel and function like natural teeth. The dental implants can also support removable partial or full dentures, making them more stable and unable to slip.
Dental Implant Placement and Restoration from Eaddy Dentistry
People often wonder whether or not they should have their general dentist or a specialist, such as a periodontist or oral surgeon, place their dental implants. Dr. Winston was a practicing periodontist for over 22 years, placing dental implants as a specialist. Surgical specialists receive the additional basic science and clinical training required to effectively manage the simple as well as the more complex implant cases. While our practice is now a general dentistry practice, Dr. Winston still has his years of extra training and experience supporting his dental implant placement procedures. Dr. Daniel has also undergone extensive training in this advanced service. At our Lakeway, Texas dental office, you can have both the surgical and restoration phases of your dental implants process performed by our capable dentists. With one office, there is also less expense that can be passed onto patients as savings.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
For the replacement of a single tooth, we’ll use what is called an implant-retained crown. This will consist of three basic elements: the implant itself, an all-porcelain crown, and an abutment. The crown will be attached directly to the implant using the abutment, and once this is done, it will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. The porcelain will be color-matched to your other teeth, and the implant will make it just as strong as your natural teeth as well.
In the case of multiple missing teeth in a row, these implant crowns can also be used to form a bridge. Two crowns will be placed at either end of the gap in the smile, and these will be bonded to prosthetic teeth to close it. Compared to traditional fixed bridges, implant-retained bridges have a better hold, last longer, and look more natural as well.
Multiple dental implants can be used to support a denture with a much better fit than a traditional removable prosthetic. We can design a denture for you that will simply snap onto multiple implants placed within the jaw. This method of retention has numerous benefits over the regular ones:
- More Stability: Implant-retained dentures are held in place with the jawbone just like natural teeth, making them much less likely to slip and slide around the mouth.
- More Consistency: Dental implants actually support the jawbone from within, which will prevent the bone loss that so often robs dentures of their initial fit. With implants, a denture not only fits better, but it fits better for longer.
- More Bite: Patients with implant-retained dentures will also enjoy a much stronger bite, which will enable them to eat a more varied and healthy diet. This can improve overall health thanks to proper nutrition.
All-on-4 Teeth in a Day
With this procedure, we can restore an entire row of missing teeth in just one day using a strong and reliable implant-retained denture. We’ll place four strategically located implants within a patient’s mouth, and these will be all that is needed to secure a denture they will receive at the same appointment. Literally, a patient can wake up that morning with an incomplete smile and go to bed that night with a full set of teeth. Typically, the only regret All-on-4 patients have is that they didn’t come to see us sooner!