Advanced Restorative Dentistry improves your smile and your health.
In the past few decades, tooth replacement has evolved a great deal. Instead of relying on “top-of-the-gum” appliances such as dentures or partials, dental patients may now experience the restoration of form and function with dental implant treatment.
Dental implants are more than just tooth replacements. They could be considered root replacements instead. This is because the design of implants begins with a small cylindrical post that is inserted into the healthy jawbone. This post, over a few months, is accepted by bone tissue through osseointegration, a process by which bone fuses to the implant. Once the implant has become fully integrated into the jawbone, a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture appliance can be affixed for function and appearance that closely mimic the natural oral structure.
The design of implants results in various benefits unavailable with other tooth replacement treatments. Since implants are situated within the jawbone, just like natural tooth roots, the stimulation that is necessary for bone retention remains consistent. This form of treatment solves the major problem of tooth replacement with conventional dentures which leads to bone loss and the resulting deterioration of support for the lips and cheeks.
Dental implants at Greenbelt Dental Health explained by Dr. Christopher Naranjo
What is a dental implant?
Hello, I am Dr. Christopher Naranjo from Greenbelt Dental Health. Today I would like to talk to you about dental implants.
A dental implant is a small post that is placed into the bone to mimic a natural tooth. Implants have been placed with a long-term success rate and are a great option to replace any missing teeth.
Why should anyone get a dental implant placed?
Having a missing tooth can be very detrimental to your oral health. Teeth can shift and move if there is an open space.
This can lead to further jaw dysfunction and myofascial issues. If these issues continue to develop, it is more difficult to re-establish your mouth’s natural function.
We can utilize a 3D scanner to evaluate if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Additional treatments may be necessary to place the implant.
What are the different kinds of dental implants available?
Implants are traditionally made from titanium but are also made from Zirconia. Zirconia implants have higher biocompatibility as well as a more aesthetic appeal since the post is white.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any further questions.
Feel free to give us a call today for more information on dental implants.
Dr Christopher Naranjo performs dental implant treatment in select cases, using the latest technology to facilitate the most successful outcome. Implant dentistry is performed using the Carestream cone beam scanner, which allows us to capture a 3D image of the oral structure in mere seconds. Utilizing this diagnostic equipment, we are able to plan more efficiently the strategic placement of dental implants for optimal function.
Our priority is the accomplishment of long-lasting results for our patients. In addition to placing implants in select cases, Dr. Naranjo works with an experienced, reputable Austin periodontist, to whom complex cases are referred.
If you feel like you may have a hypersensitivity to titanium implants, zirconia implants have a very high biocompatibility.
If implant treatment is preceded by tooth extraction, we design beautiful temporary restorations that allow our patients to retain full chewing function as the gums heal from their initial procedure. Dr. Naranjo may also place a temporary provisional, which shapes the gums in preparation for implant surgery.
The beauty and function that result from implant treatment makes it difficult to discern the difference between natural teeth and replacements. Properly maintained, implants can last many years. Contact Greenbelt Dental Health in Austin to learn more about implant treatment.