Advanced Restorative Dentistry improves your smile and your health.
In the past few decades, tooth replacement has evolved a great deal. Instead of relying on “top-of-the-gum” appliances such as dentures or partials, dental patients may now experience the restoration of form and function with dental implant treatment.
Dental implants are more than just tooth replacements. They could be considered root replacements instead. This is because the design of implants begins with a small cylindrical post that is inserted into healthy jawbone. This post, over a few months, is accepted by bone tissue through osseointegration, a process by which bone fuses to the implant. Once the implant has become fully integrated into the jawbone, a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture appliance can be affixed for function and appearance that closely mimic the natural oral structure.
The design of implants results in various benefits unavailable with other tooth replacement treatments. Because implants are situated within the jawbone, just like natural tooth roots, the stimulation that is necessary for bone retention remains consistent. This form of treatment solves the major problem of tooth replacement with conventional dentures which is bone loss and the resulting deterioration of support for the lips and cheeks.
Dr. Cole performs dental implant treatment in select cases, using the latest technology to facilitate the most successful outcome. Implant dentistry is performed using the Galileos cone beam scanner which allows us to capture a 3D image of the oral structure in mere seconds. Utilizing this diagnostic equipment, we are able to plan more efficiently the strategic placement of dental implants for optimal function.
Our priority is the accomplishment of long lasting results for our patients. In addition to placing implants in select cases, Dr. Cole works with an experienced, reputable Austin periodontist, to whom complex cases are referred.
If implant treatment is preceded by tooth extraction, we design beautiful temporary restorations that allow our patients to retain full chewing function as the gums heal from their initial procedure. Dr. Cole may also place a temporary provisional, which shapes the gums in preparation for implant surgery.
The beauty and function that result from implant treatment makes it difficult to discern the difference between natural teeth and replacements. Properly maintained, implants can last many years. Contact our Austin dental practice to learn more about implant treatment.