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Dental Implants – Round Rock, TX

Replace Missing Teeth for Life!

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 in Round Rock, TX, and he can’t wait to introduce you to them during an initial consultation. Contact us today!

Why Choose Chisholm Trail Dental Health for Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

dental implant in Round Rock with abutment and crown

Rather than just sitting on top of the gums like a traditional denture or bridge, a dental implant actually replaces the entire tooth from root to crown. First, a small titanium post is placed into the jawbone where the tooth used to be, and this is attached to an all-porcelain crown. Over the next several months, the implant will actually bond with the surrounding jawbone just like a natural tooth root.

Because of this bond, dental implants feel and function much more like natural teeth than alternative options. Unlike traditional bridges or dentures, you won’t have to worry about them slipping around or wearing down your other teeth. They can also last for decades, which is exponentially longer than any other solution. For these reasons, Dr. Asay believes that dental implants are the best tooth replacement method for most patients.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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Choosing to get dental implants in Round Rock is a big decision, but it’s one that will continue providing you with day-to-day benefits and an overall better quality of life for decades to come. There’s a reason that this advanced restorative procedure comes so highly recommended by professionals and patients alike, and it’s because it provides unique benefits that make it unlike any other tooth replacement solution. Although each individual process varies, we’ve provided a basic outline of the treatment below so that you know what to expect when you visit us for your dental implant consultation.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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To start the process of restoring the function and appearance of your smile, you’ll need to schedule an initial consultation with your dentist in Round Rock, Dr. Mike Asay. This appointment is to help you get acquainted with the procedure and decide whether or not it would be the best possible tooth replacement solution for you. Our team will take images of your mouth and facial structure to determine whether you need any preparatory procedures, such as a bone graft or sinus lift, and lay out a customized treatment plan for you so you know exactly what to expect. This is also a great time to ask us any questions or concerns you may have about the process so we can make you feel completely confident and comfortable in the fact that dental implants are right for you.

Dental Implant Surgery

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After you’ve healed from any preparatory procedures you may have needed, we’ll schedule your dental implant surgery. We partner with highly experienced and trusted oral surgeons in our community to provide you with the absolute best results. Before they begin the surgery, they’ll administer an anesthetic and make sure that you don’t feel any pain. Then, they’ll insert each implant post below your gums and place sutures over the areas to allow them to heal.

Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment

dental implant post with abutment and crown

After your surgery, you’ll undergo a healing process that takes place over the course of several months. During this time, a crucial part of the dental implant procedure will take place, called osseointegration. This is where your implants will naturally fuse with your jawbone, providing a strong and stable foundation for your artificial teeth to be placed onto. After you’ve healed, we’ll attach small connector pieces called abutments to your implants. These secure your custom-made crown, bridge, or denture in place.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

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The final part of the process that’s long-awaited for our patients is the official restoration placement appointment. When we receive your customized restorations at our office and your gums have healed from the abutment placement procedure, we’ll attach your new teeth. This visit will complete your smile and provide you with a strong, natural-looking, and durable grin that will function identically to your home-grown pearly whites.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Traditional tooth replacements only bother with recreating the white crown of the natural tooth. Dental implants stand apart because they seamlessly rebuild every component of the original tooth structure, including the root that wholly exists underneath the jawbone. This allows them to accomplish many things that dentures and bridges alone cannot. Read on to learn more about the benefits of dental implants in Round Rock.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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Health Benefits

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Long-Term Benefits

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Who Dental Implants Can Help

two dental implant posts supporting a dental bridge

It is believed that most adults who are suffering from tooth loss can benefit from dental implants. While it is necessary to undergo a consultation with a dental implant dentist in Round Rock, you will find that your chances of having one or more teeth replaced with these superior prosthetics are high. Even if certain problems exist that require preliminary treatments, our team can create a more stable and reliable environment for your implants once they’re surgically put into place.

It is estimated more than 3 million people are living with dental implants already, which means these individuals are eating, speaking, and embracing a better quality of life because of their new smiles. At Chisholm Trail Dental Health, we will work to help you through the process of receiving a fully restored smile by formulating a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you think it’s impossible to receive dental implants because of the state of your mouth, you’d be surprised how many people are given the green light to move forward with treatment. During your initial consultation, we will consider the following factors to determine if you are eligible to receive these permanent prosthetics:

Missing 1 Tooth

When an individual tooth needs to be rebuilt, we can pair a single implant post 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! Although you may be one of the 120 million people living with a missing tooth, a single dental implant can remedy that problem for good.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Implant bridges can help patients effectively “bridge” the gaps left behind by multiple missing teeth. While traditional bridges require a 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. A customized bridge is then placed on top to eliminate the gap and produce a fully restored smile.

Missing All Teeth

Implant 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 4-6 dental implants and can be fixed permanently in place or left removable, just like a traditional denture. No more unexpected “slippage” or discomfort!

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

two dental implant posts with crowns lying next to a natural tooth

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.

Dental Implant Failure & Salvage

Couple after failed dental implant in Round Rock

A failed dental implant in Round Rock is highly unlikely, especially since there is a high success rate of around 95% upon initial placement. However, should a problem occur after undergoing minor oral surgery to receive dental implants, there is a solution that can assist in saving your smile – dental implant salvage.

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Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants

Man with glasses and dental implants in Round Rock, TX

Traditional tooth replacements only bother with recreating the white crown of the natural tooth. Dental implants stand apart because they seamlessly rebuild every component of the original tooth structure, including the root that wholly exists underneath the jawbone. This allows them to accomplish many things that dentures and bridges alone cannot. Read on to learn more about the benefits of dental implants in Round Rock.

Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

Woman with dental implants in Round Rock, TX brushing her teeth

The bad bacteria in your mouth can’t create cavities in dental implants or the restorations they support, but they can still infect your gums and attack the jawbone. If the tissues holding implants in place are damaged, the implant posts could come loose and fall out. Also, you can still develop tooth decay on any remaining teeth. You should therefore pay careful attention to your oral hygiene routine after implant placement; always brush, floss, and rinse as thoroughly as possible. Make sure the products you buy at the store to keep your teeth and implants clean have been approved by the ADA.

Eat a Healthy Diet

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You need to be careful not to overindulge on foods that are high in sugar and starch. When eaten in large quantities, they can increase your risk of gum disease and put your dental implants at risk. Try to cut candy, chips, and sweets out of your diet. Instead, try fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and dairy products that promote healthy gums and strong tooth enamel. We particularly recommend fruits that are high in vitamin C for protecting yourself against oral infections.

Break Bad Habits

Woman with dental implants in Round Rock, TX biting on ice

To keep your implants as safe as possible, you should take the following steps:

Protect Your Dental Implants

Man holding mouthguard for nighttime teeth grinding

You can drop bad habits and practice good oral hygiene, of course, but some threats to your dental implants are beyond your control. For example, if you play sports, there’s always the chance of getting hit in the mouth, so you should invest in a mouthguard to keep your implants safe from physical trauma. It’s also a good idea to get a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

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Continue visiting our office every six months so that we can clean your mouth and remove plaque and tartar before they can cause implant complications. We can also check the stability and health of your dental implants to see if there are any problems that need to be treated immediately.

Dental Implant FAQs

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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:

Why Do I Need a Bone Graft Before Getting 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.

Will Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

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.

What Can Cause Dental Implants to Fail?

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.

If I Smoke, Can I Still Get Dental Implants?

Although smoking is one of the major causes of tooth loss in the United States, smoking doesn’t necessarily 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!

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