Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Hutto TX

If you have missing teeth, you most likely have experienced how uncomfortable and inconvenient they can be. Not only do they hinder your usage of your teeth, but they can also affect your self-confidence. Dental bridges and dentures are effective treatment options for replacing missing teeth, but a more stable option is dental implants. You can find this option at Dental Experts in Hutto.

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants offer several benefits over bridges or dentures. First of all, because bridges and dentures simply sit on the gum line, they can sometimes shift out of place. Dental implants are small metal posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Because they essentially become part of your jaw, they act as tooth roots and provide much better stability for the dental prosthetics that are fixed to them. They also stimulate the bone where the teeth have been lost, preventing bone recession. Another benefit of dental implants, as with dentures and bridges, is that they prevent the remaining teeth from shifting along the gum line into the space where the teeth are missing. Dental implants are also easier to clean than other tooth restoration options.

Procedure

Before beginning the procedure to place dental implants, your dentist at Dental Experts will ensure that you have sufficient bone structure in your jaw to support the implants. If the bone structure is lacking, a bone graft may be necessary before the implants can be placed.

To place the implants, a small incision will be made in the gum line over the site of the missing tooth or teeth. The bone underneath will be prepared to receive the implant, which will then be inserted into place. The gum tissue will be closed over the site and stitched. The implants will be left to allow them time to fuse together into the jawbone. This process is called osseointegration and will take about four months.

Once the implants are ready, you will return to Dental Experts to have the artificial tooth or teeth attached to them (one implant can support more than one restoration). With good care (regular brushing and flossing), implants can last a lifetime.

If you are interested in enjoying the benefits of dental implants in Round Rock, Hutto, Pflugerville, Georgetown and Taylor, make an appointment at Dental Experts in Hutto to see whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.