While the team at MMS Family Dentistry can’t go back in time to stop a patient’s tooth loss, dental implants enable us to do the next best thing. After getting them, many patients feel like they haven’t just had their teeth restored, but that they’ve gotten their natural teeth back. No matter how many teeth you might be missing, our team can use this state-of-the-art treatment to renew your oral health and appearance at the same time, and we can’t wait to get you started on your journey. To learn more about implants and what they could do for you, contact us today.
Instead of just sitting on top of the gums like other dental prosthetics, dental implants involve placing small, titanium posts into the jawbone that act as artificial tooth roots. These actually bond to the surrounding bone, and this provides the foundation for a patient’s new teeth. This unique approach has a number of benefits:
Any patient with missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. They just have to meet two main requirements: they need a healthy mouth and a jawbone strong enough to hold the new roots. Once this has been confirmed with an exam (our team can help if one is lacking), we can use implants to restore the smile in the following ways:
Whether the absent tooth was located towards the front or the back, we can place a single implant into the jaw and top it with a custom-made crown. Unlike with a regular bridge, this new tooth won’t rely on the neighboring teeth for support, leading to a more comfortable and long-lasting fit.
Bridges and partial dentures can greatly benefit from the security of dental implants. Using a small number of roots, we can replace several teeth at once with a single prosthetic that is much more stable and secure than a removable one.
Implant-retained full dentures will never slip and slide around the mouth like regular ones. Plus, they have been shown to restore much more of a person’s bite strength, allowing patients to eat many foods that were previously considered off-limits for denture-wearers (such as cooked meats and fibrous fruits/vegetables).
Before a patient can get dental implants to replace their missing teeth, our dentists first need to confirm that their jawbone is strong enough to support the artificial roots. Many patients with longstanding tooth loss have experienced bone loss, making their jaw extremely thin and brittle. A bone graft enables us to build up and strengthen the jaw right where it’s needed. Using a patient’s own bone, donated bone, or a lab-made material, we can increase the height and thickness of the jaw so it can provide a strong foundation for someone’s new teeth.
If you go to another practice that “offers” dental implants, they will likely send you to multiple specialists in order to actually have the treatment completed. If this sounds like a hassle, it is! Instead, at MMS Family Dentistry, we have the training and experience to perform the entire procedure in the comfort of our Austin office. This not only helps patients rebuild their smiles faster, but they also enjoy the peace of mind of working with the same dentist and team that they trust the entire time.
Because dental implants can be personalized for every patient based on their unique needs, the cost of the treatment is always different. Here are a few factors that can affect the price:
When you come to see us for an implant consultation, we’ll be able to outline every detail of your treatment, including financial information, so you’ll know exactly what to expect. While implants can seem expensive, they are an investment that’s intended to last for decades, and they often help patients save money because they don’t have to be completely redone every so often like traditional bridges and dentures.