A dental implant is a tiny post, usually made from titanium, that functions as the root element of a restoration. The post is usually linked to the restoration by a metal support structure called an abutment.
During a process known as osseointegration, the dental implant will fuse to the underlying jawbone, producing a bond capable of supporting a number of restorations, from a single crown to a full-arch appliance. As a result, implant-supported restorations are generally considered to be the next best thing to natural teeth. Benefits of dental implants include:
We here at Oral Surgery Specialists of Austin specialize in a revolutionary new treatment concept known as All-on-4. As the name suggests, All-on-4 is a full-arch appliance that only requires the placement of four implants. On top of that, this concept also allows us to place your implants and new teeth within a single appointment!
Patients that currently use a denture could also benefit from dental implants. Dr. Flint can either retrofit your current appliance or fabricate a new one, depending on your individual circumstance. We highly recommend switching to implant-supported dentures as they are far superior to their conventional counterparts.
Most patients healthy enough to undergo minor oral surgery should be able to qualify for dental implants. We may need to address existing oral health problems before moving forward with treatment. Patients with insufficient quantity or quality of bone may also need a preliminary bone graft.
Your initial consultation appointment is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and voice any concerns about dental implants. Dr. Flint is happy to help you determine whether or not implants are right for you. Patient education is also foundational to successful treatment and implant maintenance.
A ridge augmentation is a type of bone graft procedure that may be necessary to help you qualify for implant treatment. During a ridge augmentation, we make a small division in the alveolar bone (which supports the teeth), and place the graft material. Over the next several months, this material should foster the growth of new, healthy bone, widening the ridge enough for a dental implant.
Besides ridge augmentations, we also specialize in a number of other bone grafting procedures. Osseointegration, the fusion process responsible for the many benefits of dental implants, may fail to occur without an adequate amount of bone in the jaw. The jaw needs to be dense and strong enough for successful implant treatment.
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If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants could change your life! Call (512) 351-7653 to schedule a consultation, and find out if you qualify today!
ORAL SURGERY SPECIALISTS OF AUSTIN
Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS