Dental Implants: Facts About This Innovative Technology

Dental ImplantsDespite dental implants having been around for a very long time, they are anything but an old technology. As changes have happened, medical science has allowed dental implants to become a technology that is head and shoulders above the competition. Some of our patients in Austin, especially those that are considering changing away from some of the more traditional prosthetics to an implant, have questions about why implants are so much better. For starters, a dental implant is inserted directly into your jawbone by a skilled dentist, oral surgeon or periodontist. This allows the titanium implant to fuse perfectly with the organic tissue. This gives your implant the strength and stability the jawbone offers to your natural teeth.

There really is no comparable advancements made by dentures, which still use adhesive to be bonded inside the mouth, and bridges, which are still being cemented in place. Even more impressive, when you have dental implants inserted you are getting the strongest, most durable, and best-looking solution to tooth loss. The fact that the device is inserted below the gum line means that we have a blank slate above the gum to give you the most impressive looking, realistic teeth.

When it comes to dental implants, the fact that they are a surgically installed prosthetic, which is also permanent, makes people want to know all the answers before they make an educated decision. For patients who already have a prosthetic device, they want to be sure they are making the right decision in terms of longevity, how long will these devices last, acceptance by the body, and how long the recovery time will take. These are perfectly normal questions about any procedure. Longevity wise, dental implants have been known to last as long as thirty years, and as little as seven years. The life cycle of an implant is hard to predict because there are so many variables. For example, you have no idea of know if you will be in an accident, or develop some kind of gum disease in the future. On the other hand, we know that good oral hygiene habits and dietary habits can help you with ensuring that the implants last longer. Implants are typically very successful. The installation success rate varies, study to study, from 93% to 98% with the vast majority of cases being completely successful. Naturally there are other factors that influence how well the install does, and how successful it will be.

To account for all the factor that could influence an installation, and the longevity of your dental implants, we do the installation in steps. At the end of each step, you will have the opportunity to recover for between ten and fourteen days.  When you return we will double check all the work we have done, make sure nothing changed, make any changes that may be needed, and then proceed to the next step. This allows our Austin office to be much more effective with the installations and also allows you a shorter recovery time after the entire process is completed. Typically, after the dental implants are in place, you will need to rest and not use the tooth for about 2 weeks.

Recent Posts

The Process Of Getting Dental Implants

From initial consultation to the day of the surgery, knowing what to expect with your upcoming dental implant procedure is important. We want you to feel completely well-informed in the process of getting dental implants so you can be comfortable with each step. Understanding the process will also help you to ask the right questions…

How Do I Know If I'm A Candidate For Dental Implants?

If you are one of the millions of Americans who are missing one tooth or more, then you may be eligible for dental implants. Dental implants are advisable to prevent bone deterioration and are perhaps the most durable of all dental restorations. However, having a missing tooth is not the only factor to consider. In…

How Safe Are Dental Implants?

Wondering if dental implants are safe? Implants are a popular tooth replacement choice among today’s dental patients. If you think that your mouth would be healthier by getting one or more dental implants installed, then finding out more about the safety of implants is a great idea.Thinking that dental implants are going to be the…

Why It's Important To Replace Missing Teeth

For anybody with missing teeth, dental implants are an important option to consider. There are any number of reasons why a person will want to consider replacing missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can give a person the most secure, most stable, and realistic-looking replacement option available.The reality is that nobody wants to…

Recent Posts

FAQs About General Dentistry Checkups

5 FAQs About General Dentistry Checkups

General dentistry focuses on managing oral health. Routine checkups with a general dentist can help patients avoid things like cavities or infections. Oftentimes, people think that they can get away with skipping these appointments when in actuality, they are very important.When considering whether or not to have a general dentistry checkup, the answer is always…

Reshaping Teeth Through Cosmetic Dentistry

Reshaping Teeth Through Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is focused on improving the form and function of teeth. One of the main aspects of this field of dentistry includes reshaping teeth that are uneven. There are a few cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be done to reshape certain teeth so that they appear more even and aligned with their surrounding teeth.…