Austin Dental Implant Services
Implants provide an alternative to traditional dentures when replacing a missing tooth or set of teeth. Unlike dentures, which are only semi-permanent, dental implants are actually surgically inserted to allow a patient to recover the full function and appearance of natural teeth. Implants are made of a durable synthetic material, usually titanium. If you have missing or badly damaged teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for a dental implant.
Dental implants can help to restore full function of your teeth while keeping a natural-looking, radiant smile. To learn more about our implant products and services, contact the Austin dental implant professionals of BridgeView Dental today at 512-347-8299.
Types of Implants
Dental implants can be modified to accommodate almost any tooth replacement or set of teeth. At Bridgeview Dental, we can perform a variety of dental implant procedures, such as:
- Full upper replacement
- Anterior replacement
- Full lower replacement
- Posterior replacement
- Single tooth replacement
Because it is a fairly intensive procedure, not everyone may qualify for a dental implant. Patients who have the best implant and recovery experience are those with adequate bone density and a strong immune system.
The entire process to install a dental implant takes several visits over the course of several months. A proper dental implant procedure includes:
- Placement of implant anchor into missing tooth roots
- Healing time of up to 6 months, depending on the patient and procedure
- Manufacturing of synthetic, natural-looking teeth
- Attachment of extensions to the anchors
- Fitting of synthetic teeth to the anchors and extensions
Once the implant procedure is completed, the patient will have new, natural-looking implants that match the surrounding teeth to provide a complete, shining smile.
Smoking and Implants
According to the February 2007 study published by the Journal of Periodontology (JOP), smoking tobacco can compromise the integrity of dental implants and significantly increase the chance of implant failure. Researchers from the University of Murcia in Spain found that 15.8 percent of dental implants failed in smokers compared to only 1.4 percent in non-smokers.
Smoking can be especially damaging in the healing process after receiving implants. Cigarette smoke has limits the blood flow to the bones and tissues in and around the mouth, putting patients at risk of infections, while also inhibiting the healing process. When an implant fails, patients not only lose their smile, but they are also at risk of tooth decay or other periodontal diseases.
If you have missing or damaged teeth and are considering having them replaced, dental implants may be the ideal option for you. To learn more about the implant procedure and to see if you qualify for treatment, contact Austin cosmetic dentist Lance Loveless, DDS, today by calling 512-347-8299.