If you’re hiding or hating your smile because of missing teeth, now is the time to take back your your life! Dental implants can give you the freedom and security to truly love your smile again. When you’re missing teeth, implants provide a long-lasting solution that is good for your health and your confidence.
No matter how many teeth you’re missing, dental implants are probably an appropriate option for you. For the best dental implants Austin has to offer, call Dr. Carmona at Austin Prosthodontics.
When it comes to tooth replacement options, implants are often a great option for most people looking for a long-term solution. Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. The implant screw itself acts an artificial root, fusing to your jawbone through a process called osteointegration. On top of the screw is an abutment, where Dr. Carmona will attach a permanent crown.
Implants are a great option for almost anyone because they are a very secure, permanent tooth-replacement option. You won’t have to worry about dentures being uncomfortable, and dental implants even prevent bone loss in your jaw, which supports the overall appearance of your face! In addition to the added confidence you get from the permanency of dental implants, there are many other benefits to choosing implants.
There are many types of implant options available to you, so be sure to ask Dr. Carmona which option is best for you.
Single tooth replacement:
If you’re missing one tooth, Dr. Carmona may suggest a single implant. Should this be the type of implant you receive, Dr. Carmona will permanently affix a custom-made crown to the abutment.
An implant-supported bridge is a great option for people who are missing multiple teeth.
Implant-supported or -retained denture:
An implant-supported denture is a removable denture that snaps into your implant. The attachment that holds the removable denture in place is screwed into the implant.
All-on-4 is a great option if you need to replace an entire arch, or all of your teeth. With this system, Dr. Carmona can replace an entire arch with only 4 implants and in as little as one day.
Types of Implants Available:
Two office visits are generally necessary to complete the implant process. During your first visit, Dr. Carmona will surgically implant the posts into your jawbone. Your jaw will then undergo a process called osteointegration whereby the post and your jawbone fuse together. Once your jaw is healed, you will come back to the office, and Dr. Carmona will place the abutment upon which the final permanent crown will sit.
In some instances, Dr. Carmona will be able to place the final crown at the same time he implants the post. To determine whether or not this is possible for you, ask Dr. Carmona during your consultation.
If necessary, Dr. Carmona will remove teeth before placing your implants. Since the implant itself will take the place of the root of your tooth, Dr. Carmona will actually place implant into your jawbone. After the implant is inserted into your jawbone, you will have to wait for it to heal. This process usually take 6-8 weeks. During this time, it will undergo a process called osteointegration wherein the implant actually fuses with your jawbone.
Once the implant site has healed, Dr. Carmona can affix the crown, or pontic, on top of the implant, restoring the appearance of your smile and giving you the freedom to eat, speak, laugh, and smile.
We understand that surgery can be a daunting word. We are dedicated to providing you with an unparalleled patient experience, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about your dental implant surgery!
Dental implants are an investment in yourself. Although implants cost more than other tooth-replacement procedures upfront, they last an average of 20 years. At Austin Prosthodontics, we pride ourselves on using high-quality materials to ensure the longevity of your implants.
We understand that dental implant surgery is a costly investment, and we are happy to offer flexible payment plans through Lending Club Solutions. Furthermore, depending on your insurance, dental implant surgery may be covered or partially covered by dental or medical insurance. Talk to our billing staff and your insurance company to check whether or not your surgery could be covered.
Almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants. As long as you have a enough jawbone to support the implants, you are probably a candidate. Dr. Carmona will sit down with you for a thorough consultation during which time you will discuss your oral health and cosmetic goals, your oral health history, your current oral wellness, and your budget.
At Austin Prosthodontics, we word hard to make sure that our patients are informed and empowered to make the best decisions for their oral health. If you have any questions about dental implants or other tooth-replacement options, don’t hesitate to call us.
Dental implants will give you the confidence you need to truly love your smile and the freedom to live your life on your terms. Call Dr. Carmona at Austin Prosthodontics today at (512) 250-9444 or request an appointment online.