Revive your smile and oral health with dental implants for missing teeth
Over the years, tooth replacement options have evolved a great deal. Instead of using traditional full and partial dentures, patients can now experience the restoration of their smile with the use of a more advanced solution that looks and functions like their natural teeth. Dr. Christopher Naranjo and his team at Greenbelt Dental Health in Austin, Texas, encourage patients to take the time to learn about the use of dental implants for missing teeth replacement.
What are dental implants?
The dental implant is more than just a single tooth replacement. Dental implants are more often considered tooth root replacements and can be utilized by patients to restore one, several, or even all the teeth in the smile by integrating implants. These titanium or zirconia posts are extremely small and are placed during oral surgery into the mouth. The implant uses the jawbone as stabilization and helps stimulate the bone growth process, called osseointegration, to solidify the implant with the jaw. Doing this creates a solid foundation to place a crown, bridge, or denture for tooth replacement.
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.
What types of implants are available?
- Mini dental implants – are often used for patients who have less bone available for a traditional implant and are considerably smaller.
- Full mouth dental implants – patients who need to replace all the teeth in the dental arch can use full mouth dental implants. That is the use of four or six dental implants along the dental arch to hold a special, conservative denture in place.
- Single tooth implants – the most popular option for dental implants is their use to replace a single tooth. The implant is surgically placed into the bone and is restored on the abutment on top with a custom dental crown.
- Zirconia Implants
What are Zirconia Implants?
Zirconia (also known as zirconium dioxide) is made of zirconium and oxygen elements, combined together to make a ceramic material. It is an incredibly biocompatible material and is bioinert, which means it will not trigger reactions, corrode or migrate to other parts of the body. They are also white which can provide a much more esthetic solution in some cases. There are a lot of positives when considering zirconia implants but also come with some drawbacks. Please contact us if you would like to learn more or find out if you are a good candidate for zirconia implants.
If you feel like you may have a hypersensitivity to titanium implants, zirconia implants have a very high biocompatibility.
Dental implants are offered at Greenbelt Dental Health
Dr. Christopher Naranjo is pleased to offer dental implants as one of several ways to restore the smile after tooth loss. If you reside in Austin, Texas, and are interested in working with our team of professionals to learn more about implants and other alternatives, we can help! Call (512) 472-3565 to request an appointment at 1301 West 25th Street, Suite #402. We are open to new and returning patients from in and around the community. And we are here to assist with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry with a holistic and biocompatible approach.