Replacing missing teeth is a common reason many visit a cosmetic dentist to restore their smile. With a dental implant procedure, your dentist can enhance your smile with the look and function of natural teeth.
Common Steps for a Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are strong, stable, and long-lasting, and the best replacement for your natural teeth. Implants have been used for decades to replace one or more missing teeth with great success, giving you a similar look, feel, fit, and function as your natural teeth.
Most patients with healthy gum and bone tissue are good candidates for dental implants. The treatment usually requires multiple visits to the dentist over a period of several months as follows:
- First visit: Consultation to determine your suitability for dental implants and tooth/teeth extraction
- Second visit: Surgical placement of the implant into the jawbone. Following the procedure, you should change your diet to soft and cold foods and warm soup to facilitate healing. Healing takes several months.
- Third visit: Placement of the artificial tooth or teeth onto the implant. During the healing process, the dentist will customize a new tooth or crown based on the size, shape, fit, and color of adjacent teeth to give you a uniform smile. When replacing multiple teeth, one implant may be used to support multiple bridges or dentures may be used.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you think dental implants are right for restoring your smile, please contact your cosmetic dentist in Austin TX to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, you will learn more about the procedure and benefits of implants.