Specialists in Implant Treatments

Dental Implant Treatment Austin Texas Dental implants are often used to replace single or multiple missing teeth or to provide support and stability for removable partial or complete dentures.  At Dental Implants of Austin, we specialize in this kind of dental implant treatment to create and restore our patients’ natural-looking, healthy smiles.

What are they?

Dental implants are prosthetic roots that are placed into the upper or lower jawbone. Usually made of pure titanium, they are very strong, stable and durable. They are often used to:

  • replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
  • resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
  • restore chewing, speech, and digestion
  • restore or enhance support of facial tissues due to loss of teeth
  • support a denture, making them more secure and comfortable
  • restore a patient’s confident smile

What does the treatment involve?

The dental implant process can require as few as 3-4 visits. First, at the exam, we take x-rays and impressions (molds) of your jaw and teeth to evaluate the bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. During the next appointment, the dental implant is placed in the bone.  Most patients experience minimal discomfort after the procedure.  We will then wait three to six months for the area to heal and the implant to integrate into the bone.   Once complete healing has occurred, we will fabricate and fit your prosthetic teeth.  This procedure usually takes 2-4 visits prior to receiving your final teeth.

Replacing front teeth with implants

If a front tooth is lost, Dr. Machen will often do a procedure called implant placement with an immediate temporary single tooth replacement.  When possible, we will place the implant and restore it with a natural looking temporary right away.  This means that you will not have to leave without a tooth.  Once the implant is fully integrated (4 months), a permanent crown will be fabricated and placed on the implant.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, as well as regular visits to your dentist, will all help you maintain your implants and keep your new, healthy smile!