Dental Implants FAQ

Are you considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth? Read our FAQ page to find answers to your questions! If you have any additional questions about dental implants in Round Rock, Texas, or to schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist, Dr. Tam Nguyen, call Paramount Dental at 512-310-0330 and speak with a member of our team.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth replacement option. It consists of two main parts – an implant post (usually made of titanium or another biocompatible material) which is surgically inserted into the jawbone and an implant restoration which caps the post to complete your treatment. This restoration could be a single crown, a bridge, or a complete or partial denture depending on how many teeth you are replacing. Implants fuse to the bone through a process known as osseointegration, ensuring great stability and working to improve your oral health and function as well as restore your smile.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

The benefits of dental implants include:

  • Improved appearance, speech and comfort
  • Greater ease when eating
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved oral health
  • A long-lasting and durable tooth replacement option
  • A restoration that functions exactly like your natural teeth

What is the dental implant procedure?

The dental implant procedure typically involves several steps:

  1. Consultation and Planning: Initial evaluation includes exams, X-rays, a 3D CT scan, and models made of your mouth.
  2. Surgical Placement: The implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone. This requires local anesthesia and, in some cases, sedation or general anesthesia.
  3. Healing and Osseointegration: After placement, a period of healing is necessary for the implant to osseointegrate, or fuse, with the jawbone. This can take several months.
  4. Abutment Placement: Once integrated, an abutment is placed on the implant to hold the restoration. This may require a minor surgical procedure to expose the implant and install the abutment.
  5. Artificial Tooth Placement: After your gums heal, a custom-made restoration (crown, bridge or denture) is created and fitted to the abutment.

How long do implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. The restoration attached to the implant typically lasts 10-15 years before it may need replacement due to wear and tear. Regular dental checkups and proper oral hygiene can extend the life of your implant.

Who is a candidate for implant dentistry?

Candidates for dental implants include those with one or more missing teeth, individuals who are unable or unwilling to wear dentures, people seeking to improve their speech or chewing ability, and those with a fully grown jawbone and sufficient bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft. Good candidates should also have healthy oral tissues and no health conditions that will affect bone healing. If you have a pre-existing condition, such as gum disease or tooth decay, you will need to complete treatment for that condition before you can receive an implant.

What is the best way to care for my implant?

You should care for your implant just like you would your natural teeth. This involves practicing good oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily and using antimicrobial mouthwash. It is also important to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Avoid chewing hard items that could damage the crown or implant.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants can vary widely depending on the number of implants, the type of implants and the complexity of the procedure. Our office will provide you with an estimate of your treatment cost prior to starting your treatment plan and will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits. Please keep in mind that while implants may initially be more expensive than other tooth replacement options, they are the ideal option for replacing missing teeth and are a long-term investment into your oral health and smile.