It used to be that the only options for Austin residents who were missing a tooth or teeth were to live with the loss, get a dental bridge, or wear dentures. However, now a better option exists: dental implants.
Dental implants are especially helpful for those in Austin who are missing only a minimal number of teeth. Regardless as to whether the tooth or teeth were lost due to injury, gum disease, or tooth decay, dental implants actually replace the tooth root. This provides a base for replacement teeth that can be made to match the remaining teeth in the mouth.
Dental implants have the look and feel of your natural teeth. Eventually they can fuse with the bone into which they are implanted and become permanent. In fact, in many instances, dental implants look and feel so natural that no one can tell that they are not natural, and sometimes the wearer has to look in a mirror to determine where the missing tooth used to be in order to say with certainty which tooth is an implant.
Dental implants have several advantages over bridges. One advantage is that the surrounding teeth do not have to be altered in order to “hold” the implant. The natural teeth are not providing the support for the implant, so they will stay stable and healthier longer. Plus, the natural look of dental implants means that your smile will be stunningly beautiful and increase your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Dental implants are preferred to dentures, especially when a full set of dentures is unnecessary. Dentures often have a certain level of discomfort, even after the user has become acclimated to them. In addition, with dentures, you often have to relearn some speaking and eating techniques. Because implants are like your own teeth, speaking and eating do not present a problem.
Dental implants have a great success rate, as well. Though outcomes can vary depending on where in the jawbone the implants must be placed, most Austin area dentists experience complete success in about 98% of implants. Plus, with proper care, implants can last forever, provided that gums and bones are healthy. Patients should also have developed good oral hygiene or be prepared to develop good habits in order to care for the implants.
If you have experienced tooth loss and think that dental implants might be for you, contact your Austin dentist today. Your dentist can consult with you as to whether or not dental implants are an option and what you might expect from their insertion.
Austin Dental Implants – Your comfort and your smile are the top priorities of E Dental Group. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized, gentle care, as well as information for informed decision-making about future oral health needs. To contact E Dental Group, call 512.391.0011, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at