Dental Implants

My Smiles Center is well-experienced in the art of dental implantation. Our office is furnished with cutting-edge equipment in order to provide our patients in Central Texas, who are missing teeth, with high quality restorative dental services.

Losing a tooth can provide patients with a variety of challenges. These include an awkward smile, disfigured look, and teeth migrating to the empty area. However, at Amazing Smiles, we provide patients with the option of Dental Implants to replace missing teeth.

Dental implants are an excellent and beautiful alternative to bridges or dentures. Dental implants can significantly improve both your lifestyle and smile! The biggest benefit of implants is that they are no different from natural teeth. Also, when compared to other approaches used in the past, we recommend dental implants because they don’t involve adjacent teeth.

Dental implant patients can benefit from the restored function. Therefore, with dental implants, patients can easily enjoy a healthy diet including hard-to-chew foods which they may have avoided previously. Also, as your speech and smile improve, so will your confidence and appearance!

Come over to My Smiles Center today and find out how dental implants can help improve the quality of your life!

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is the most effective dental treatment available at present to replace a missing natural tooth with an artificial tooth. A dental implant is a great solution both in terms of aesthetics as well as functionality. Millions of patients around the world have benefitted from dental implants, and this technology has transformed the whole field of dentistry.

The dental implant technology dates back to the 1960s. It originated from Sweden, and in the last two decades, the technology has advanced and perfected itself to produce highly effective results for the patients. Before the introduction of dental implants, the dentists had to depend upon traditional bridgework or dentures that were cumbersome for the patients. The bridgework relies on neighboring teeth for support, thereby compromising the healthy teeth to some extent.

But with dental implants, there are no such adverse effects involved. It is practically a permanent solution, and the patient tends to forget completely that he is using an implant. With time, the implant integrates completely with the bone and acts as normally as the natural teeth. The bone accepts the implant as a natural tooth, and thus any bone loss is prevented even if the natural tooth is missing.

The success rate of dental implants is very high with the latest technologies, methods, and materials in use. An estimated 95 percent of patients benefit from the implants in the long run and do not face any implant failure. If the patient maintains his oral hygiene and general diet very well and does not suffer from any such disease that may affect his oral health, the implant can be expected to last a lifetime without any trouble.

Implants are used even for those patients who have been using dentures. The implant helps to keep the dentures firmly in its place, and the patient experiences far more comfortable with his or her dentures. Implants are a great technology for all those people who have lost a tooth to disease or injury.

What Are Dental Implants Used For?

A dental implant is an effective and proven treatment in a situation where a natural tooth has been lost or must be extracted for some reason. Dental implants are the closest substitute for a natural tooth in terms of aesthetics as well as functionality. It is a permanent solution that does not require any special maintenance by the patient, except for good oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups every six months like any other person with good oral health.

Dental Implants can most commonly be used in the following situations:

Congenitally missing teeth

One or more teeth may be missing by birth itself. There are no clear reasons why this happens, but it does happen with some children who grow up with one or more missing teeth. In such cases, the dentist has to wait until the child’s mouth and jaw has attained its full growth. Thereafter, a dental implant is an effective solution to fill the missing space.

Tooth loss in an accident or injury

If a person suffers an injury of the mouth or face, it may result in a severe impact on the teeth, causing excessive trauma to one or more teeth. If the trauma causes permanent damage to the tooth, and it fails to recover on its own, then a dental implant is the best alternative available to restore the oral health of the patient.

Tooth extraction due to an infection or decay

Sometimes an infection in the tooth may become severe if the patient neglects timely treatment. The nerve inside the tooth may become diseased, and an absence of medical intervention, eventually the entire tooth structure may become severely compromised. In such a situation, the dentist may have no other option left except to extract the diseased tooth completely from the root, in order to prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth. In all such eventualities, a dental implant is an optimal solution, which can be used to restore the patient’s oral health.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants support restorations and are used to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth.

Before placing an implant, we first obtain precise images of your jaw and dental structures with our cone beam CT scanner. This method of imaging maintains our patients’ comfort while supplying our dentist with the most precise images possible. From porcelain to zirconia, we offer our patients a choice of restoration material to meet their unique needs and preferences.

The actual placement process involves a titanium post being carefully guided and inserted into the jaw. It takes an average of three to four months for the implant post to integrate with the bone, and once fully set, provides a stable anchor for a restoration, such as a crown.

In the case of an implant-supported bridge or hybrid denture, two or more implants are strategically placed to support the appropriate prosthetic.

Using the Latest Implant Placement Techniques

Modern dental implants have been used to replace teeth for many decades. During this time, placement methods have been adapted to accommodate the common challenge of patients who do not have enough bone volume to support the implant.

While Bone grafting is a proven method of augmenting the jawbone to assure a secure hold for the implant, there are now other techniques that can sometimes be used to place implants in patients who would not have been a good candidate in the past.

At My Smiles Center, we make use of the following approaches:

  • Hybrid Dentures are an innovative system that allows some patients who don’t have enough bone volume for traditional implantation to have their missing teeth replaced with dental implants. This method uses the strategic placement of several posts to assure ideal bone integration.
  • Mini implants refer to a process that uses posts that are much smaller in diameter than traditional implants and require little or no downtime. This alternative is a more economical solution that may be appropriate for some patients.

Restored Smile Aesthetics and Functionality

When used for single tooth replacement, this dental implantation is the ideal solution as it replicates the complete dental structure, from root to crown, and prevents bone loss in the jaw.

In the case of a bridge or denture, implants provide a stable bite and restore both the natural function of your teeth and the beauty of your smile.

Many of our Central Texas patients have chosen dental implants after becoming frustrated or embarrassed by their adhesive based dentures slipping or falling out when they eat, speak, smile, or laugh. Dentures supported by implants allow our patients to express themselves authentically and with confidence.

If you are interested in learning more about the dental implant process and the benefits this treatment provides, call My Smiles Center today.