Dr. Loveless is a General & Cosmetic Dentist serving Austin, Round Rock and nearby areas of Texas.
Do you hide your smile because of missing teeth? Not only do missing teeth affect your confidence, they can negatively impact your overall oral health. If you’ve lost a tooth or multiple teeth due to disease, decay or injury, dental implants can restore your smile, confidence and oral health.
To learn more about how Dr. Lance Loveless can help you regain your self-confidence and a full, healthy smile, please contact BridgeView Dental today at (512) 265-5818 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Lakeway, West Lake Hills and throughout Austin.
On this page, we will discuss a number of dental implant-related topics, such as:
A dental implant is a small titanium post that acts as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Implants can be placed in either the lower or upper jaws. Implants are made of a biocompatible titanium material that is capable of fusing with the jawbone and becoming a solid anchor for the replacement tooth in a process called osseointegration.
While they do vary, dental implants are typically composed of three main elements:
A missing tooth can wreak havoc on your oral health and general well-being. Why choose a dental implant as your tooth-replacement option? If during your consultation, Dr. Loveless determines that you are a good candidate for dental implants, there are a number of reasons why you should consider this highly effective tooth-replacement option, such as:
When teeth are missing, and gaps exist within the arch, you are at risk for a number of potential complications in the future. The immediate problems you will notice are:
Other, more gradual consequences of missing teeth include:
Dental implants can help to restore beauty and function, as well as your self-confidence and peace of mind. Compared to other tooth-replacement options, dental implants offer a variety of advantages:
Most patients are eligible to receive dental implants. However, there are some conditions that may need to be addressed prior to your procedure, such as:
Even if you have any of the conditions listed above, you may still be a candidate for dental implants. You may just need to wait a few months while the condition is treated.
The dental implant process takes place over a period of time and involves several steps. Although every patient is different and there are several varieties of implant treatment methods, a typical process can include:
If you suffer from severe bone loss, a bone graft may be recommended before your dental implant procedure. There are a variety of bone graft options. Dr. Loveless will evaluate your oral structure and discuss which material will be the best for your jawbone and successful implant placement. Your jawbone needs a tooth to remain healthy, so the longer your tooth has been missing, the faster your jawbone will degrade.
Good oral hygiene is necessary to improve the lifespan of your dental implants. Fortunately, keeping your implants clean is not difficult.
For the majority of implant-supported teeth, you can brush and floss in the same way that you would for your natural existing teeth. Some cases do require an interdental toothbrush, special floss and other cleaning aids. Dr. Loveless will give you detailed instructions for the care and maintenance of your implants.
Maintaining a regular check-up schedule with Dr. Loveless will be important in order to ensure optimal implant health. For the first few months following your procedure, Dr. Loveless may recommend more frequent visits, but once he is satisfied that your treatment is performing as expected, ongoing care will be similar to any patient with natural teeth.
The healthy, beautiful smile of your dreams is within reach. Please call BridgeView Dental today at (512) 265-5818 to discuss dental implants with Dr. Loveless. We welcome patients from throughout Austin, including Lakeway and West Lake Hills.
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