Tooth loss can impact not only the appearance of the smile, but its health as well. When patients visit the practice of Smiles by Garcia and are interested in learning more about permanent tooth replacement options, our dentist, Dr. Arturo Garcia, will often make a recommendation for placing and restoring dental implants.
How dental implants work
Dental implants are titanium tooth root replacements. These restorations are fabricated to look like a small post. The dentist will perform oral surgery, placing the dental implant into the bone of the jaw. This stimulates osseointegration, which is the growth of bone around the restoration, to provide a solid foundation. Dr. Arturo Garcia can then restore the dental implant in various ways, depending on the needs of the patient. For example, a dental implant may be covered over the abutment with a dental crown to replace a single tooth. Patients replacing several teeth may restore the dental implant with a dental bridge or a denture. By speaking with our team of professionals, patients can decide if dental implants are right for them.
What sets dental implants apart from other restorations?
Dental implants are not the only way for patients to replace missing teeth. Some patients choose to use dentures, including full and partial dentures, that replace one or more teeth. These restorations are custom-made and are removable for easy cleaning and care. Alternatively, patients may opt for dental bridges. These are restorations made of porcelain that are fabricated to replace one or more teeth in a row. These are more permanently placed than a denture but provide a permanent replacement in the same way as a dental implant. Patients who care for their dental bridges properly can enjoy them for a decade or longer.
Are you ready to learn more about dental implants?
Contact the team at Smiles for Garcia to discuss your options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dr. Arturo Garcia and his staff are here for patients in and around the community of Austin, TX who are ready to enhance their smile with permanent tooth replacements. Call (512) 402-5872 and visit the facility at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210.