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South Austin Dental
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Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants
Austin, TX


Image of a dental implant diagram at South Austin Dental in Austin, TX. Do you feel conscious when you talk? Do you worry about what people might think of your missing teeth? Do you tend to smile less often to hide the gap between your teeth? If so, you might be an ideal candidate for dental implants! Dental implants are surgically implanted medical devices that fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth and restore the jaw's structure and chewing ability. They can drastically improve your oral health and smile and can even cure a lisp in some cases.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?


At South Austin Dental, our dental professionals will do an initial evaluation and assess if you're a candidate for dental implants. The good news is that most people with good gum health and bone density qualify for the implant procedure. An x-ray or CT scan determines the bone quality and structure and gives a clear idea about the implant's intended placement.

How is Your Oral Health?


You are a good candidate for dental implants if you're dedicated to maintaining good oral health and never miss brushing and flossing. Plaque can lead to infections during the procedure. People in the habit of getting routine checkups and using mouthwash to regularly disinfect their mouths have a good chance of having a problem-free recovery after the implant procedure.

Are you Missing Single or Multiple Teeth?


Your dentist will perform an initial exam to check the reason for tooth loss. Whether you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants can be surgically infused into your jawbone and left to heal on their own. After the bone grows around and holds them in place, a metal connector, called an abutment, will be attached to the implant. A custom-made porcelain crown will be placed atop that connector to mimic a functional tooth.

Are You Aware of the Timeline and Commitment?


The surgery involves cutting into the gums and exposing the jawbone. Multiple holes will be drilled into the jawbone to insert the implants. The implant procedure is lengthy and takes up to a year for various steps and complete recovery. If a patient requires bone grafts, that step will add a few weeks to the total timeline. Dental implant candidates need to know what they're signing up for and how this procedure will affect their lives over the next few months.

Factors Affecting Candidacy for Dental Implants


The majority of these factors will not keep you from receiving dental implants, but they can cause delays in the procedure.
•  Inadequate jawbone
•  Overall health
•  Bite complications
•  Periodontal or gum disease (gingivitis)
•  Teeth grinding and clenching habits
•  Excessive smoking habit
•  Medications used over extended time
•  Use of blood thinners

Dental Implant Materials


Most dental implants are made of titanium and zirconia due to their durability and cost-effectiveness. Alternative materials include polymers and ceramics.

Check with Your Dental Professional


Dental implant restoration requires an in-person consultation with a trustworthy dental professional. Book your appointment by calling us at (512) 441-8922 to see if you're a candidate for dental implants.
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Mon: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Tues:8:00am - 4:30pm
Weds: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thurs: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Fri: Closed
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