Dental implants are the most natural looking and feeling restoration we can use to replace a missing tooth. If you are missing either a single tooth, or even multiple teeth, then dental implants may be the best option for you. If the remaining adjacent teeth are all-natural with no restorations, then an implant is ideal because it replaces the missing tooth without any harm to the healthy teeth. Dental implants can be a solution instead of a bridge or removable partial denture, and can even be used to stabilize a loose complete denture. Once placed, dental implants require diligent home care and regular cleanings by a hygienist. With proper care, dental implants can be a life-long solution to replacing missing teeth and beautifying your smile.
Dental implants have become the go-to solution for missing teeth. No longer do we have to use adjacent teeth to place a bridge. Now it’s just a matter of placing the implant and putting a crown on the implant.
At The Hills Dental Spa, we do it all – from diagnosis and planning to placing and restoring – and all is completed in our office. We also have a CT scanner that allows for a more thorough diagnosis and a surgical guide for accurate placement.
We have a periodontist who comes to our office to perform sinus lifts or bone grafts for patients who need them to become candidates for implants. We offer mini-implants as an option, depending on your specific situation. We also use implants to secure removable or permanent dentures.
Will Dental Implants Look Natural?
Actually you don’t see a dental implant as it is down in your jaw. What you do see is the porcelain crown on the implant. The crown looks just like the rest of your teeth.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
There is only one way to know if you are a candidate for dental implants. Placing an implant is completely dependant upon there being enough bone to put it in. We can check this by taking xrays or a special 3D scan.
How Long is the Dental Implant Procedure?
This is dependant upon where the implant is and if there are any potential complications. Many times the procedure is done in well under an hour.
Is it Painful to Get Dental Implants?
Most of the time patients tell me all they needed was Advil after getting dental implants. The discomfort is usually far less than what most people anticipate.
How Long Until I Can Use My Teeth with Dental Implants?
After the implant is placed, we have to wait for the bone and the implant to join together. This will typically take a minimum of 4 months, sometimes 6. We then verify that things have healed, we can begin making the crown.
Are there Any Dietary Restrictions After Getting Dental Implants?
Once your implant has been placed and the crown attached, you can treat your new implant supported tooth just like every other tooth you have.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Studies show that anywhere from 92% to 98% of dental implants make it to 5 years. From that point on, we find very few issues with implants. They can last many, many years.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
This is always a case by case situation depending on location and complexity, but a good range is anywhere from $4000 to $6000. In our office that includes the crown, any parts needed and is all inclusive. If you see lower fees they typically do not include all the steps needed to complete your case.
What Problems Do Dental Implants Fix?
Dental implants are used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or even if you have lost all you teeth. Crowns. Bridges. Retained dentures. Lock in dentures. The uses for implants have entered almost every dental option there is for a missing tooth or teeth.
How Do I Care For and Maintain Dental Implants After the Procedure?
Once your implant has healed and been restored with your new tooth, it really is no different than taking care of your own teeth. Brushing and flossing everyday and seeing the hygienist on a regular basis to keep it clean is a must.
What are the Alternative Treatments to Dental Implants?
While dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, the next best option is a dental bridge. Bridges have been used for years to replace teeth and they are very reliable. Bridges done well can function for a long time and esthetically can be indistinguishable for natural teeth.
Dr Winters and the staff at The Hills Dental Spa are proud to provide patients from Austin, TX and surrounding areas with dental bridges and dental implants. Contact us at (512) 347-0044 or fill out a Contact Form here.
Dr. Kevin Winters and Dr. Kory Grahl and their team at The Hills Dental Spa in Austin, TX welcome truly provide a spa-like experience for their patients. They offer TMJ treatment, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, general dentistry and so much more. They serve patients in and around the Austin, Texas area including the communities of Westlake, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and Cedar Park, TX and zip codes 78703, 78704, 78734, 78735, and 78746.