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Dental Implants Cedar Park, TX

Missing teeth can significantly impact a patient’s life. They lead to bone loss and other dental issues. Missing teeth can also make everyday activities like eating and speaking harder. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants in our Cedar Park, TX, dental office can restore your tooth function. Dental implants are one of the most effective restorative dentistry treatments that can replace missing or damaged teeth.

Dental Implants in Cedar Park, TX

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have various benefits you can’t get with any other tooth replacement solution. Our Cedar Park dentist office recommends dental implants over removable options for their strength and natural appearance. Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement because of these benefits:

Provide Bite Strength

Unlike other options, the dental implant replaces the tooth root and the crown. Implants are more stable and long-lasting than other solutions. They integrate with your jawbone, giving you almost 100% of your bite function. You don’t have to eliminate any foods from your diet because you can process all of them.

Slipping dentures are also a common problem when eating. With implants, you don’t have to worry about your teeth falling out when eating.

Prevent Bone Loss

Dental implants support the jawbone beneath the gums to prevent further bone deterioration. Jawbone loss starts the moment you lose your tooth root. Implants can even help spur jawbone regeneration, keeping you from the sagging face that comes with missing teeth.

Easy Care

The only maintenance implants require are brushing and flossing like normal. Things like dentures need messy adhesive to stay in the mouth, and you must take special care to clean that off every night.

Dentures also need special soaks to stay hydrated and not get brittle. You don’t have to take your restoration in and out, either. Implants stay in your mouth at all times.

Natural Look

Implants look and feel like natural teeth in your mouth. We top an implant with a custom dental crown made to match the size, shape, and shade of the rest of your smile. Since the crown replaces the tooth root, it feels the most natural.

Improved Speaking 

Like other restorations, adjusting to your new implant restoration will take time. However, adjusting to implants is simple because they feel like natural teeth.

Once you’re used to your implants, you can feel confident again when speaking and chewing in public. Implants help you pronounce “ch” and “th” sounds so others can better understand you. You can’t speak as clearly with removable restorations like dentures because they can impede tongue movement. 

Long-Term Restoration

You may need to replace your restoration over time, but implant-supported restorations last longer than removable options.  Implant posts are permanent. Once you heal from the implant surgery, the implants will stay in place as new tooth roots.

Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Patients should generally have good overall health and a healthy jawbone and gums to support an implant. If your jawbone density needs to be repaired, we recommend performing a bone graft or sinus lift surgery, which will lengthen the overall process.

In addition, patients who smoke regularly or have autoimmune disorders will often need to have their unique situation assessed by our team. These factors can slow down the implant healing process. We will review your medical conditions and medications before treatment. Many patients with medical conditions complete successful implant treatment.  

If you have gum disease, we will recommend deep cleanings to keep your symptoms in check. We may recommend a root canal, filling, or tooth removal to treat tooth decay. Once you are healthy and have enough bone to support your implants, we can schedule treatment. 

Dental Implants in Cedar Park, TX: About the Process

Placing one or more tooth implants can take several weeks or months, depending on your oral health condition, treatment needs, and cosmetic goals. During your initial consultation, we will discuss what to expect from your treatment.

Pretreatments

Before implant treatment, you must be in good oral health. We may recommend a tooth extraction, root canal, or gum disease treatment to address damaged or infected teeth. Our office will also recommend bone grafting if you do not have enough jaw bone to support implants. 

Implant Placement 

The dental implant process begins with a small incision in the gums. Then, we make a hole in the jaw bone and place the implant posts. We will provide a cap or temporary restoration so you will not be without teeth as your implants heal.

Once the gums heal, the titanium implants will fuse with the jawbone in osseointegration. This fusion is what makes implants so stable, like natural teeth.

Abutment Placement

After several weeks of healing, we attach the abutment. This piece connects the implant post to your restoration. Your gums will need several more weeks to heal. 

Final Restoration

Once your final restoration is complete, you will return to our office. We will remove the temporary restoration and check the shade and shade of your final restoration before we secure it in place.

This bridge, denture, or crown is designed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, providing normal function and aesthetics.

Implant Surgery Aftercare

We will provide you with complete aftercare instructions to ensure the best results. If you have any questions during healing, please contact us.

Take Medication and Use Ice Packs

After we place your implants in the jawbone, you’ll experience some bleeding, swelling, and soreness for a few days. Over-the-counter pain relievers should be all you need to handle the pain.

For swelling, use an ice pack on the affected area. We may prescribe antibiotics for some patients. If we do, ensure you take the entire course as directed. They help prevent dental implant rejection.

Eat Soft Foods

For 2 to 3 days after the surgery, stick to soft foods like yogurt, applesauce, and smoothies. Avoid hot liquids or spicy foods during this period.

After this, you can slowly reintroduce more solid foods. Once you’re eating solid foods, avoid biting down directly on the implant site. Biting down is one of the biggest ways to cause problems with your healing process.

Clean Your Mouth 

On the day of your surgery, delicately brush and floss, but don’t rinse. The following day, gently rinse with warm salt water, especially after eating. This will remove food particles and help the healing process.

Restore Missing Teeth: Schedule an Implant Consultation

If you are interested in dental implants and want to see if you would be a good candidate, please call 512-866-9654. You can also schedule an appointment with our team online.

We’re here to help you restore your smile. Our office serves patients in the Sweet Farms, White Stone, and Creekview communities.