Dental Implants | Austin TX
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are the closest thing in dentistry that can replace a missing tooth. A screw like cylinder is placed into the jaw in the space of the missing tooth. The bone surrounding the implant begins to grow into and around the implant anchoring it in the jaw during a healing phase. After the healing is complete, a crown is placed on the implant and gives the appearance that a natural tooth is there.
Implants are a great option for patients committed to their dental health. An implant is similar to teeth because it needs to be cleaned, cared for, and routine maintenance. Studies have shown that implants have approximately 80% of the bite force of a natural tooth. There are many factors that go into determining whether an implant can be placed, therefore a consult with a dentist is necessary prior to placement.
Are implants safe?
Proper precautions are made to ensure that the placement of an implant is a safe and secure process. This includes the use of a cone beam cat scan that allows the dentist to see the anatomy of the patient in 3-D which helps them visualize important structures. The overall success rate of a well placed dental implant has improved with time and is now over 90%.
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