What is a Dental Implant?
Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss – mostly due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But today dental implants are becoming the standard of care. Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The titanium forms a bond with the surrounding bone in a 3-6 month span to create a foundation for the restoration and prevent bone deterioration that occurs when a tooth is lost. A solid component is placed into the implant to serve as the connection from the implant to the crown. Once the crown is placed it mirrors other natural teeth. The fully restored implant is comfortable and gives ability to eat and smile with confidence.
Caring for Dental Implants
An implant is the closest solution to a natural tooth so it must be cared for like a natural tooth. Although it cannot get a cavity, brushing and flossing are equally important to clean off plaque. The plaque can cause bone loss around the implant causing it to fail over time. Seeing the dentist regularly will allow for the implant to be monitored and cleaned thoroughly. As your dentist in Austin, we will use top of the line tools to care for you implant.
Although we do not place implants at Enamel Dentistry at this time, we have a team of the best specialists in the greater Austin, Texas area that can handle the surgical aspects of placing the implant. Once the implant has fully healed, we will complete the treatment in our office and place the crown on the implant, giving you a brand new, perfect tooth.