Dental Implant Services
Currently the Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants are currently the most advanced way to replace missing teeth, offering a viable solution to permanent tooth loss because they integrate with the jawbone, an aspect other alternatives do not offer. Dental implants offer many benefits.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Improved aesthetics – dental implants improve the look and feel of your teeth. Gaps are unsightly, but dental implants fill the gaps with teeth that look very real – people cannot tell the difference.
- Improved bite and function – dental implants do more than just replace your tooth. By replacing your tooth, you restore normal function to your teeth, allowing you to bite properly for more effective chewing and also improvements made to speech. They are stronger than alternative options.
- Durable & may last a lifetime – dental implants are made to last a lifetime, which is only possible through good oral hygiene and maintenance. Implants should be treated as real teeth and maintained as such.
- Improved self-esteem – when we’re happy with the way we look, we smile more. When we smile more, we feel better about ourselves and this positivity translates through all aspects of our life. Dental implants help restore our beautiful smile, with one of the end results being an improved self-esteem.
What to Expect – The Procedure
Our team, who boast very high success rates, have perfected the dental implant procedure allowing for smooth placement and easy-to-follow post-op instructions. Dr. Fossum works with many implant specialists in the Austin area to ensure that you are treated with the utmost care in a professional environment.
Multi-Step Procedure Perfected by the Great Grins Dental Team
Dental implants are a multi-step procedure. The first step involves the placement of a titanium implant that may take up to 3 months to set in place through a process known as Osseointegration. This process is what binds the implant to the jawbone for a solid, structural foundation that mimics the strong bond real teeth have. You may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent the occurrence of infection. This process is typically done by a specialist whom Dr. Fossum will refer you to, while the steps following implant placement are always done in our office.
If the area of the missing tooth is in an esthetic area or the patient doesn’t feel comfortable with a space, Dr. Fossum can fabricate a removable appliance or a fixed temporary crown into the area.
After the implant has osseointegrated, the next step involves attaching an abutment to the implant so that a crown may rest nicely on top. In order to do this, Dr. Fossum will take an impression of your tooth to accurately represent the structure of your teeth for an optimal restoration. The impression will be sent to a dental lab that will fabricate the abutment and crown that we will screw and/or cement onto the implant, finalizing the procedure.
Will I feel any pain during my procedure?
No. We administer local anesthesia during the entire process of dental implant placement so that you may feel comfortable throughout. You may feel light tugging or pushing, however.
Caring For Your Implants - Dental Implant Maintenance
After you have received a dental implant, you must care for it like you would any other tooth. Implants are designed to mimic real teeth and should be treated appropriately. This means you should develop a routine of brushing at least twice a day (i.e. morning & night), as well as flossing at least once per day (i.e. nighttime) for the best results. It is also important to stay regular with your dental checkups to ensure your teeth are in their best health, preventing any serious problems from occurring.
Replace Your Smile Today! 512.346.1900
Call our office to set up a time to discuss dental implants with our team. We may be reached by phone @ 512.346.1900 or by filling out our convenient online contact form on the right.