Dental implants are an effective replacement for missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. Implants are most commonly made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
There are generally three phases to getting an implant:
- First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
- Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration.
- Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth or teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants.
Having a pleasing, healthy smile can make a big difference in raising an individual’s confidence. If you have dental implantation needs, call the office of Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. at (512) 259-3365 to learn more about our services. For regular cleanings or routine procedures, schedule an appointment at our Leander office.