What to Expect from Dental Implants

Dental implants are prosthetic teeth roots that are surgically placed into a patient’s upper and/or lower dental ridges. The implant posts that serve as roots are typically made from biocompatible titanium, and as the jawbone heals, it fuses with the implant to create a permanent replacement root. Each post can support one or more replacement teeth without having to modify or rely on healthy remaining teeth. Dental implants are also the only restorative option that helps your jawbone receive the stimulation it needs to stay strong and healthy.

Dental Implant Placement

One of the major long-term benefits of dental implants is the continued good health of your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, the area of the jawbone that held its root is empty, and the bone around it will begin to resorb (lose mass and density). Known as jawbone deterioration, this phenomenon cannot be stopped with conventional bridges and dentures, and eventually, you may lose more teeth due to a weakened jawbone.

Before recommending dental implants, Dr. Schmidt will take several detailed, digital X-rays and images to gauge how well you can support the implant posts. How many implants you receive will depend on how many teeth you’ve lost, and what type of dental prosthesis will be secured to them. The high-resolution model of your teeth and jawbone will help Dr. Schmidt produce a surgical guide for your implant placement.

Once your implant posts are placed, healing can take up to 4-6 months, during which time you should take care not to disturb the posts. Afterwards, Dr. Schmidt can secure your dental crown, bridge, partial or complete denture to complete your smile’s reconstruction.

All-On-4 Implant Dentures

Because full dentures span your entire dental ridge, they require several implants to provide adequate support. To minimize the amount of surgery required, Dr. Schmidt offers All-On-4 implant dentures that enjoy maximum support on just four strategically-placed dental implants. All-On-4 can often help patients become eligible for implant dentures without needing ridge augmentation surgery to add density to their jawbones.

Call The Austin Dentist Today!

At The Austin Dentist, our philosophy is to provide the gift of service to everyone, and to create rewarding, lasting friendships with all of our patients. We offer a comprehensive list of dental health services in a beautiful environment, where you can receive the care you need from an intelligent, cheerful, patient-centered team. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph G. Schmidt, contact The Austin Dentist in Austin, TX today by calling (512) 328-1500.