A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth, and has two main parts:
- A replacement root form made from titanium that is surgically placed in your jaw.
- The replacement tooth or teeth that are placed on the root form or forms (abutment and crown).
A typical implant consists of a titanium screw (this will resemble a tooth root) with a roughened or smooth surface. Conventional 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.
This can be done in several appointments. The first step is to have the implant post surgically placed 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 of Dental Implant Procedure
After it is placed, there’ll be a wait of about three months, while the bone and implant gradually fuse and integrate.
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 just one or a few, or all of their teeth. For those with failing teeth or severe periodontal disease – dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth and because they integrate best 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 are denture implants?
Are they implants or dentures? The term refers directly to a very specialized surgical procedure that is performed under anesthetic. One or more small titanium rods are 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 sharply increases best 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 solution. This is a low-maintenance treatment that will result in maintaining the integrity of your teeth. In a rare situation where all of your lower teeth are missing – four dental implants can be strategically positioned. This will be to support a restoration with 10-12 teeth providing a function similar to a full complement of natural teeth.
Few more benefits:
- Dental implants can help to maintain and retain the supporting jaw bone that would otherwise shrink away. This will help keep the facial structure and preventing of a sunken-in appearance to the face.
- When placing dental implants rather than a traditional bridge will prevent from having to remove a healthy tooth or an adjacent tooth used to support the bridge.
- Replacing missing teeth helps to distribute the forces of chewing. This is so that the remaining teeth are not taking the brunt of the chewing load.
- Using dental implants as a solution will help to prevent 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 current dentures slip when you speak?
- Does your food get stuck on 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.
Are you eligible for Dental Implants?
Advantages of Dental Implants in Austin by 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 tooth and can be cleaned and flossed just like a natural tooth
- There is no 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. You can go back to eating your favorite foods
Are You a Candidate? (Free Austin Dental Implant consultation)
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 are 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 composed of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown.