Missing Teeth? Here's Why Dental Implants May Be Right for You By Mike Meek, DDS on March 21, 2024

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If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, it’s important to visit our dental office here in AustinTX. We often recommend dental implants to treat tooth loss because of the many benefits of treatment.

If you’re curious about dental implants and if they’re worth looking into, this post is written with you in mind. We’d like to review some of the basics of dental implants, including key benefits, the ability to anchor a complete denture using just a few dental implants, and concerns about pricing.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into the jawbone and gum tissue. A process of osseointegration occurs over the course of a few months. During this time, the biocompatible materials of the implant fuse with the living bone tissue of the jaw. This provides a high level of strength to an implant, allowing patients to bite and chew with confidence.

What Makes Dental Implants the Best Option for Treating Tooth Loss?

There are five key reasons why dental implants are a leading solution for missing teeth.

1. Long-Lasting Results

With proper oral hygiene and aftercare, dental implants can last a lifetime. This is thanks to osseointegration. The implant restorations (e.g., crown, bridge, denture) will need replacement after about 10 years given the nature of normal wear and tear.

2. Stability Without Creams or Adhesives

In addition to long-lasting results, osseointegration also provides a high level of stability without the need for denture creams or adhesives.

3. Natural-Looking Implant Restorations

The implants can support custom crowns, bridges, and dentures. These restorations will be crafted to look just like real teeth. They’ll blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

4. Restored Oral Function

Thanks to dental implants, you can bite, chew, and speak without any worry about your restoration coming loose or falling out.

5. Prevention of Bone Loss

The lack of root structure in the jaw from tooth loss can lead to the loss of bone over time. Dental implants eliminate the risk of jawbone atrophy.

What About All-on-4 Implant-Supported Dentures?

Our Austin dental office also offers All-on-4® implant-supported full dentures. With this system, a full denture can be held in place with just four dental implants. We use state-of-the-art technology to determine the optimal position and placement of the implants for the best possible results.

Concerned About the Price of Implant Dentistry?

Getting dental implants is an investment, which is why we take time to speak with patients about the cost of dental implant treatment.

During a consultation at our Austin dental office, we can provide a custom price quote with a breakdown of all costs involved. This can help you decide if implant dentistry fits into your budget. We can go over alternatives to dental implants as part of this consultation so you can find the right solution for your missing teeth.

Contact Us to Learn More About Dental Implants

You likely have more questions about dental implants. We’re more than happy to give you the answers you’re looking for. To get more information or set up an appointment, contact our dental office in Austin, TX.

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38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, utilizes the latest proven technology to provide you personalized dental care. Dr. Meek and Dr. Tasch are members of local and national dental associations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Capital Area Dental Society

To schedule an appointment, call us at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online today!

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