If you are missing one or more natural teeth, there are a few different options available to replace them, and we believe the treatment that provides the most valuable and long-lasting benefits is clear: dental implants. Dr. Asay of Chisholm Trail Dental Health offers state-of-the-art dental implants here in Round Rock, TX, and he can’t wait to introduce you to them during an initial consultation. Contact us today!
One of the benefits of dental implants is their versatility – they can be paired with several different types of restorations and used to repair a wide spectrum of tooth loss, from a single gap to an entire missing arch:
When an individual tooth needs to be rebuilt, we can pair a single implant with an all-porcelain dental crown. This brand-new addition will fit right in alongside your natural teeth without threatening their continuing health, and the final result will be so seamless that it’s very likely no one around you will be able to tell it’s not natural!
Implant-retained bridges can help patients effectively “bridge” the gaps left by multiple missing teeth. While traditional bridges require healthy dental structure to be minimized, this modern alternative is much healthier, more stable, and longer-lasting. The custom prosthetic will rely on the support of two dental implants, with each one placed on different sides of the gap in question.
Implant-retained dentures are an available option for patients who need to replace a lot of natural teeth (or even a full arch) all at once. Unlike traditional prosthetics, they rely on the enduring support of dental implants and can be fixed permanently in place or left removable, just like a traditional denture. No more unexpected “slippage” or discomfort!
There are two major components to the dental implant procedure. The implants themselves must be surgically inserted into the patient’s jawbone, effectively taking the place of the original “roots.” Then, once the tissue has sufficiently healed, the implants are outfitted with custom, attractive restorations. Dr. Asay is proud to partner with talented specialists throughout the local community in order to make this process as smooth as possible for patients, including the awesome team at Central Texas Perio in Pflugerville and Dr. Dale Gallagher.
Every patient is unique, and so is every dental implant case. There are a variety of factors that can influence your overall cost, including the number of dental implants needed, the type of restoration recommended, and whether any health-minded procedures (such as periodontal therapy) are required. It’s important to keep in mind that while dental implants may seem like a big investment, their decades-long lifespan and top-tier aesthetic value will go a long way towards improving the quality of your life. We believe they’re worth every penny!
Also, rest assured that the Chisholm Trail team will review ALL relevant cost information with you after an initial consultation and comprehensive examination – no treatment will be scheduled until you feel completely confident about your proposed plan! We take pride in being flexible regarding cost and will bend over backward to find the right solution for each patient.
We understand that getting dental implants is a big investment in the future of your smile. For this reason, many patients are hesitant at first, at least until they have all the information they can get. So, we’ve gathered this list of questions we get asked most often about dental implants.
The amount of jawbone density you have is crucial when it comes to placing dental implants in Round Rock. If you do not have adequate healthy jawbone tissue, your implant placement may not be successful. That’s why we at Chisholm Trail Dental Health take no risks when it comes to your health. We don’t want you to waste time or money on a procedure that may ultimately end up failing. When we suggest a bone graft, that simply entails adding more mass to your jawbone so that it’s strong enough to support dental implants. Although it may take a few extra months to fully heal from this procedure, it will be worth it to ensure that your dental implants are a success.
As with any dental procedure, there may be some discomfort and/or soreness afterwards. However, your dentist in Round Rock will make sure that you are nice and numb before the procedure, with either sedation or anesthesia. You will receive a prescription of pain medication and possibly antibiotics to help you with the healing process.
There is a slight possibility that you could develop a post-op infection, although this is quite rare. This is more likely if you have had gum disease in the past, or if you do not practice proper oral hygiene following your dental implant placement. By regularly brushing, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash, you should be perfectly fine.
The biggest reason that dental implants in Round Rock might fail is if there is inadequate jawbone tissue available to support the implant. That’s why we take extra precaution by suggesting that you get a bone graft if your jawbone looks like it may have a problem with the implant. It’s also crucial that you are in excellent oral and overall health. If not, an infection could arise following implant placement that could jeopardize your treatment.
Although smoking is one of the major causes of tooth loss in the United States, smoking doesn’t necessary inhibit you from getting dental implants. It does, however, slightly increase your chance of implant failure because it raises your risk of developing complications like peri-implantitis, a form of gum disease associated with dental implants. Tobacco also slows down your natural healing process, so it takes longer for the implant posts to integrate with your jawbone. If you’ve been looking for a reason to quit smoking, getting dental implants would be it.
Don’t be afraid to contact us if you have any further questions about dental implants!