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The unexpected has happened. Because of an injury, gum disease, or extensive decay, you lost a tooth. Losing a tooth is a big deal. A gap in your smile can make eating and speaking awkward and uncomfortable. The nearby teeth may begin to drift into the newly created space, messing up your bite. Besides this, smiling with a lost tooth can be embarrassing! To replace a missing tooth, our dentist may recommend a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces not just the visible part of the tooth, but the tooth root. A dental implant is made up of a titanium implant post, a dental restoration, and an abutment.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
You can have a dental implant placement placed if you have enough healthy jawbone structure, if your gums are healthy, and if you have good overall health. For those who have lost jawbone structure, bone grafting can be performed so that a dental implant can be placed.

What happens when I get my dental implant?
First, the dental implant post is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. During the healing process, your jawbone will fuse with the implant post. An abutment is then attached to the top of the implant post, to which your custom-made dental restoration will be attached by Dr. George Daszko.

How do I take care of my dental implant?
You may be surprised to learn that dental implants do not require special care. Just care for your dental implants the same way that you do the rest of your teeth. This includes brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing once daily. Be sure to schedule and keep your regular dental appointments.

For more information about dental implants in Austin, Texas, and to set up a visit with our dentist, feel free to contact The Artful Dentist today.