Missing a single tooth isn’t the end of the world, and many people might be tempted to just live without the tooth. But that’s actually not a good idea. In fact, it’s very important to replace missing teeth – even if it’s just a single tooth – rather than just living without them. The reason is that other teeth will shift in place to fill in the gap left behind by a missing tooth, and that brings on a whole new set of problems to deal with. One of the options for replacing missing teeth is a dental implant, a service provided to patients by Dr. Kassabian at our Austin, TX office.
Why You Should Visit Jester Village Dental for Dental Implants
- Getting a dental implant is very much like getting a brand new natural tooth
- A dental implant will not only replace a tooth – it will also prevent the myriad of other issues that arise if a tooth is not replaced
- Dr. Kassabian has years of experience in providing dental implants to his patients
The Benefits of Dental Implants
When you choose to live with a missing tooth, your other teeth shift in place to fill the gap. When that happens, it can negatively affect how you chew food or talk. Left long enough, the missing tooth (or teeth) can cause problems with your jaw or even change the shape of your face. Dental implants can prevent those problems before they even begin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dental implant?
Austin TX residents suffering from tooth loss have several options to explore, but dental implants provide the greatest function and aesthetic. A dental implant consists of a titanium post implanted in the jaw bone to act as the “root” of the false tooth, as well as a permanent crown affixed to the top of the post, blending seamlessly with surrounding natural teeth.
Other possible treatment options include dentures or bridgework, but dental implants are the superior choice. Permanent dental implants act like real teeth and provide Austin area patients with the confidence to smile, laugh, eat, drink, and brush as they normally would.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Any Austin resident who has suffered tooth loss is a potential candidate for dental implants. However, you may have to undergo other treatments to prepare for the procedure.
The mouth must be healthy and free of infection and the jaw bone must be strong enough to support the implant. In some cases, bone grafts and/or courses of antibiotics may be necessary to prepare for the implant procedure. In rare cases, dental implants are not a viable solution for tooth loss.
How long do dental implants last?
The implant itself will last a lifetime with proper oral care. The crown attached to the implant will generally last 10-15 years, although it could last much longer. Proper care can help to reduce wear and tear on the implant, increasing longevity to as much as 20-25 years, or even more.
You’ll see the best results with a consistent home care regimen, regular dental visits, and avoiding harmful substances like tobacco products and abrasive toothpaste, just for example. The Austin TX dental professionals at Jester Village Dental can provide the care and assistance needed to ensure a beautiful and durable smile with implants.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
You needn’t worry about pain when you elect to undergo dental implant procedures. Our dental professionals have the training and experience to ensure your comfort throughout. Some patients experience discomfort for a few days following procedures, but over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen should alleviate these symptoms.
We want every one of our Austin TX patients to feel calm and comfortable in our care. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to let us put your mind at ease.
Are dental implants safe?
The simple answer is yes. In fact, dental implants can help Austin area patients to avoid a number of unfortunate occurrences related to tooth loss. Implants help to maintain the position of remaining natural teeth, which might otherwise shift to close a gap left by a missing tooth. They also help to prevent deterioration of the jaw bone that can occur following tooth loss.
In addition, replacing missing teeth with dental implants helps to preserve both the aesthetic of your smile and the shape of your face, especially in instances where multiple teeth are missing. Implants also allow patients to continue eating, drinking, and enjoying a fully functional mouth. The use of biocompatible implant material (titanium that fuses with bone) ensures the safety of patients and the longevity and function of implants.
The Dental Implant Procedure
While it’s true that there are many benefits to dental implants, it’s also important to remember that the process involved in getting an implant is lengthy. An implant consists of an artificial tooth with a “root” that is implanted into the patient’s jaw – just like a real tooth root. Once the root takes hold and fuses to the bone, Dr. Kassabian can affix the artificial tooth to the root. The entire procedure can take many months to complete. So while the outcome is terrific, the process itself might not appeal to everyone. Dr. Kassabian can help you decide whether a dental implant is right for you.
Contact Jester Village Dental Today
For more information about dental implants, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kassabian, contact our Austin, TX office today.