General Dentists & Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Austin, TX
Losing one or more natural teeth doesn’t automatically lead to permanent speech impairments and dietary restrictions. With sturdy dental implants and crowns from the dental experts at 2222 Dental in Austin, Texas, you can use your new teeth as if they’re natural. To find out more about dental implants and how to maintain them, call 2222 Dental or book an appointment online today.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are biocompatible metal posts that anchor into your jawbone. They hold crowns, bridges, or dentures in your mouth to fill the gaps left by missing teeth. They serve the same function as the roots of your natural teeth.
When you get one or more dental implants at 2222 Dental, your dentist performs minor surgery to cut into your gums and access your jawbone. They place the implant, which looks like a titanium screw, directly below the gap. Titanium is the perfect material for dental implants because your jawbone bonds with it in a process called osseointegration.
What happens after my implant is placed?
After your implant is placed, you must wait for several months as osseointegration takes place. Your dentist eventually reopens the incision to attach a piece called the abutment. During this time, they work to design a custom dental crown to fit over the abutment.
Thankfully, you don’t have to go through the process of getting implants with a glaring gap in your smile. The team at 2222 Dental gives you a temporary crown to wear over your implant during the healing periods. When you get your permanent dental crown, you can use your teeth to eat and speak without fear of breaking it.
Still, you should care for the crown on your implant just like your normal tooth. You must brush it twice daily and floss between the gaps around it. And, of course, you should attend your regular cleanings and exams to check in on your oral health at 2222 Dental.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Getting dental implants and permanent crowns for them can benefit your oral health and help you function as you did with all of your natural teeth. Benefits of dental implants include:
- Preventing bone loss in your jaw
- Preventing your teeth from shifting into the gap
- Avoiding reliance on other teeth and potential damage
- Correcting the shape of your face
- Ridding you of a gap in your smile
- Avoiding dietary restrictions
Dental implants are highly durable and are comparable to your natural teeth in strength and stability. Furthermore, implants can’t get cavities or nerve root infections, so there is little chance of developing tooth pain around them.
To find out if you’re a candidate for tooth replacement with dental implants, call 2222 Dental or book an appointment online today.