A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant will naturally integrate with the bone over time and will serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth, several missing teeth, or can even replace all missing teeth.
The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth.
Routine surgery anchors the “artificial root” into or on your jawbone. The procedure is done in the dental office with local anesthesia. The gum is then secured over the implant, which will remain covered until it fuses with the bone. Your skilled dentists, Dr. Pevow and Dr. Robbins, then uncover the implant and attach a post, or abutment, to the implant. With some implants, the implant and post are a single unit placed in the mouth during the initial surgery. Finally, your dentists make an artificial tooth, or crown, that is attached to the implant abutment. To learn more about dental implants in Austin, Texas, we welcome you to call or visit us today. Our team at Anderson Lane Dental is eager to restore your smile!