At Hill Country Oral Surgery, we have performed countless dental implant procedures. We are well versed in all aspects of the dental implant process, including hard and soft tissue grafting, as well as managing dental implant complications. You can have the utmost confidence in choosing a provider at Hill Country Oral Surgery as your dental implant surgeon.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are constructed for placement in the jaw to replace a tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants are designed to not be rejected by the body, and they’re made out of titanium screws with specially treated surfaces. Although this may seem like a new technology, the first dental implants were inserted by P.I. Branemark in 1965; since that time dentists and oral surgeons have placed millions of dental implants.
Dental implants can be used to support a single tooth, or be bridged together to support multiple teeth, and in the most extreme situations be used to support an entire arch of teeth—also known as the All-On-Four treatment concept. What most people consider as the “implant” is made of three separate structures: the implant, the abutment, and the crown.
The dental implant which oral surgeons refer to corresponds to the root portion of the tooth. The screw is what we place into the bone. This screw has an internal channel where we can screw the components into place. The abutment serves as an “adapter” between the crown and the screw. The crown itself goes over the abutment and is the chewing surface, or what most people know as the actual tooth. In most healthy situations, not including implant-supported dentures, the only visible structure of these three is the crown.
Why Dental Implants?
- Dental implants preserve or restore the integrity of the facial and jawline structure. When the root structure of a natural tooth is not present, the jawbone may diminish. Shrinkage of the jawbone can cause your face to age prematurely.
- Dental implants will keep your remaining teeth healthy. Dental implants are stand-alone solutions to replacing missing teeth. There is no need to use any other teeth in the mouth to support or hold them in place.
- Dental implants can last a lifetime. We secure them in place; they are stable, comfortable and permanent. There are no loose parts to worry about with dental implants.
- Dental implants will restore your self-confidence. You will look better and feel better with your new natural looking teeth.
- Dental implants allow for easy dental care. You care for your dental implants like regular teeth; you brush dental implants and make regular dentist visits just like natural teeth.
Who Are Good Candidates For Dental Implants?
Austin residents with missing teeth should not forgo treatment. Gaps in the teeth reduce confidence in one’s smile and increase risks of tooth decay and gum disease because of bacteria and plaque buildup in the empty spaces. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to a single lost tooth or multiple lost teeth.
Dental implants fuse with the jaw. They connect directly to the living bone. As a result, suitable candidates must have enough bone to hold them. The bone also must be strong enough to support the dental implants, and the gums must be healthy enough to recover from dental surgery. Oral surgeons can use a CT scan or X-rays to determine if enough bone exists. Patients who lack the adequate bone structure can undergo a bone grafting procedure for additional support.
Patients who grind their teeth are also suitable candidates. These patients are fitted with a special dental splint to wear during sleep. The splint protects the dental implants during the healing process. Your dentist will measure and fit the dental splint during the procedure.
What kind of patients are not suitable candidates for dental implants?
- Patients with periodontal disease (gum disease) may need additional treatment before receiving dental implants
- Patients who have diabetes may be unsuitable candidates
- Young people with undeveloped jaw structure
- People who smoke
What Can I Expect from the Dental Implant Process?
The dental implant process is variable and dependent on each patient’s situation. The time from placement to final restoration can take, on average, 3-6 months. In extreme circumstances, it can take longer. Ideally, we would like to place the implant the same day we remove a tooth (immediate implant placement). This type of placement is not always possible. A consultation with an X-ray and physical examination will allow us to discuss your treatment options as well as your expected timeline. Our goal at Hill Country Oral Surgery is to restore your teeth to function and natural appearance as quickly as possible, but with a permanent solution.
“I had six hours of implant and bone replacement surgery yesterday performed by Dr. Cavaretta— am up this morning with very little soreness of pain. I cannot say enough about how professional and knowledgeable this guy is. After surgery, he did a panoramic x-ray of the dental implants and showed it to me with a pre-surgery plan he had diligently studied— and I have to tell you the implants were perfectly placed. I am getting by with hardly any soreness, pain, or swelling. I had IV sedation during the procedure, and all went very well, and I am talking about 11 implants and grafting done in less than 24 hours ago, and I was in surgery for six hours.” ~ William B. – Austin, TX
What is Immediate Implant Placement?
Immediate implant placement is when we place dental implants immediately after tooth extraction. The benefit of immediate implant placement is it can result in a much shorter healing process—sometimes as short as four months. There are many factors that can help us decide whether you qualify for an immediate implant placement, primarily the existing bone condition and the size and shape of the existing tooth roots. We will only attempt immediate implant placement if we are sure of a guaranteed result.
What are All-On-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are a set of permanent fabricated teeth surgically placed into the jaw as dental implants. They have the appearance and the feel of natural teeth.
All-on-4 dental implants:
- Are not taken out
- Require no adhesives
- Are brushed and cleaned like natural teeth
- Eliminate the discomfort of dentures
- Allow for increased chewing force
- Prevent bone deterioration
- Restore the experience of tasting and experiencing hot and cold food.
- Restore your facial features
All-on-four dental implants deliver the following benefits:
- Fully-functioning teeth quickly
- Improved facial structure and appearance
- The ability to eat foods without reservation
- A great long-lasting smile
- Eliminate health issues associated with failing teeth
- Simplify dental maintenance
Are There Other Procedures Required to Have Healthy Implants?
Healthy and natural looking dental implants require adequate bone and sufficient gum tissue. When teeth are not present, the gingival tissues and bone can shrink and atrophy. Some people may require soft tissue grafting to add robust tissue to the area, or bone grafting to add support to the implants.
Are Dental Implants Successful?
Dental implants are extremely successful. With more than fifty years of clinical experience and over one million patients, statistics tell us that dental implants have a 98% success rate. They are a proven permanent solution to replacing lost teeth. Hill Country Oral Surgery uses the latest technologies and most advanced techniques to ensure that you receive dental implants safely and more efficiently than anywhere else in Austin.
Who Places the Dental Implants?
We’re proud to have expert, esteemed oral surgeons perform dental implants at Hill Country Oral Surgery. We have a surgical support team that is second to none. Our surgeons are also trained in oral sedation and anesthesia. You can rest assured that you will have outstanding care for your dental implants.
What About Recovery for Dental Implants?
The recovery following dental implant surgery varies depending on the type of dental implants that you use. Whether you receive bone grafting and how you manage your recovery are also factors that can help determine how long your recovery is. The technology and science of dental implants have drastically improved over the last decade, lessening post-surgery pain and increasing the comfort for dental implant patients.
Dental implant patients that receive a single standard implant with no bone grafting would need the least amount of recovery time. This simple procedure has very little discomfort or pain after the surgery. Mild bruising and soreness may occur but is manageable with over the counter pain medication. In severe implant cases, such as those where multiple teeth are placed or severe bone grafting is needed the recovery time may be longer and the discomfort more profound.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants in Austin will vary; the number of teeth that need replacement and the number of dental implants required for support will factor into the cost. Some additional procedures may be necessary before you can have dental implants inserted. After a comprehensive examination at our Austin oral surgery center, we will be able to offer a more specific cost. We customize dental implants for the individual patient, and we promise you personal attention and the best treatment for dental needs.
“Dr. Cavaretta did a great job on my implant surgery. Not only the surgery itself but the entire process from consultation and postoperative recovery. He explained the surgery to me step by step, very clearly. Compared to teeth extraction, teeth implant has much less pain overall. The staff/assistants working in the clinic are also very nice. I feel thankful for doing my implant with Dr. Cavaretta and his team.” ~ Jun W. – Austin, TX
Schedule Your Consultation
Schedule a consultation for your Dental Implant today to determine your best choices. During a consultation, patients meet with their surgeon and the staff to discuss procedure options in more detail. Patients may ask questions about desired outcome as well as view before and after photos of similar procedures.