Choosing a Dental Implant
A consultation with Dr. Tejas Patel at Austin Cosmetic can certainly provide you with answers to any questions you may have about picking the right type of dental implant for your situation, but this page can provide you with some details on the types of dental implants available, and the points that patients typically want to consider when making their selection.
- Single Implants, which involve the placement of a single titanium post placed within the bone of the jaw. Over time, bone tissue will fuse with the implant, and as a result the implant will become strong and stable. A fabricated prosthetic tooth is placed onto the post, like a dental crown, that looks and feels like your own natural tooth.
- All-on-4 Treatment, which offers complete replacement of the upper or lower teeth when all are missing or otherwise need to be extracted. By using four dental implant posts as support, a fixed denture can be attached that will be much stronger than typical dentures.
Details to Consider:
- Current health of teeth: In the case of one or more missing teeth, there may be further dental concerns with remaining teeth that may need to be addressed. Whether due to dental disease or physical injury, such as chipping and cracking, remaining teeth may not be viable and require extraction. As a replacement solution, dental implants like the All-on-4 treatment, may be preferred.
- Cost: While there are many different financing options available, patients will certainly want to consider the costs of one dental implant versus other implant methods that may be recommended in their situation. Our office at Austin Cosmetic can work with you to determine whether or not you have any applicable benefits, as well as review different payment plans and discounts that may be available.
- Number of teeth being replaced: Some patients may only be missing one or two teeth, and in those cases, single implants may be the recommended solution. Others may be missing several teeth, or entire parts of the upper or lower jaw. It is possible to create dental prosthetic replacements that use dental implants as posts for support, as opposed to requiring an implant for each individual tooth. The result may be like a bridge, or in the case of a full bite, a denture supported by four dental implants.
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