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Navigating the World of Dental Implants: Types, Procedures, and What to Expect

Dental implants have revolutionized the way we approach the restoration of missing teeth, offering solutions that are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. At The Cosmetic Dentists of Austin, we specialize in providing cutting-edge dental implant solutions, designed to bring back your smile and confidence. This guide will navigate you through the different types of dental implants, the procedures involved, and what you can expect during your journey to a revitalized smile.

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Understanding Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone, acting as replacements for the roots of missing teeth. Over time, these implants fuse with the bone, providing a stable foundation for attaching replacement teeth such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. The result is a restoration that looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth.

Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most commonly used type. They are inserted directly into the jawbone and, after the surrounding bone has healed, a secondary surgery is conducted to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post individually or grouped on a bridge or denture.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone. This type of implant is used for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbone and cannot, or do not want to undergo a bone augmentation procedure to rebuild it.

Zygomatic Implants

The least common type is the zygomatic implant, which is placed in the cheekbone rather than the jawbone. It’s an alternative for those who lack sufficient jawbone for the endosteal implant and are seeking a more invasive solution than the subperiosteal implant.

The Dental Implant Procedure

  1. Initial Consultation – Your journey begins with an in-depth examination at The Cosmetic Dentists of Austin. This allows us to understand your specific needs and curate a tailored solution. We discuss the types of implants and recommend the best option based on your condition.
  2. Dental Implant Placement – Using advanced techniques and technology, our experts skillfully place the implant into your jawbone. This process is performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
  3. Healing Period – Patience is crucial during the healing period, which can last several months. This allows the implant to bond with the bone securely. We provide a temporary solution during this time, ensuring you can continue to smile confidently.
  4. Dental Implant Restoration – Upon successful bonding, the final step involves fitting your custom-made replacement teeth onto the implants. This restoration process is meticulously planned to match the look and feel of your natural teeth.
  5. Follow-up Care – Our commitment to your smile extends beyond the procedure. Regular check-ups ensure your dental implants and overall oral health remain in excellent condition.

What to Expect

  • Comfort and Convenience – With advancements in dental technology and sedation options, discomfort during the implant procedure is minimal. Our team is dedicated to making your experience as comfortable and convenient as possible.
  • Improved Oral Health -Dental implants do not just restore missing teeth; they also contribute to overall oral health. By stimulating the jawbone, they prevent bone loss and maintain the natural structure of your face.
  • A Lifelong Solution – With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. They offer a permanent solution to tooth loss, allowing you to enjoy a healthy, natural-looking smile.

Why Trust The Cosmetic Dentists Of Austin?

Choosing the right dental practice for your implant needs is crucial. At The Cosmetic Dentists of Austin, our highly skilled professionals, state-of-the-art technology, and nurturing ambiance ensure a dental implant experience that exceeds your expectations. Our dedication to excellence and patient care guarantees your comfort, satisfaction, and well-being throughout your journey to a beautiful smile.


Navigating the world of dental implants can be complex, but with the right information and the support of experienced professionals, you can make informed decisions about your oral health. At The Cosmetic Dentists of Austin, we’re here to guide you every step of the way, from initial consultation to follow-up care, ensuring your dental implant journey is seamless, rewarding, and leads to a lifetime of smiles.

We invite you to browse our Smile Gallery to see the before and after pictures of our patients who have improved their smiles with dental implants. These “smile makeovers” are a testament to the dramatic transformations dental implants can achieve, both in smiles and overall appearance.

Ready to experience the transformative power of dental implants? Or perhaps you’re looking for a professional check-up for your existing dental implants? Schedule a free consultation with The Cosmetic Dentists of Austin today, and let us help you achieve a smile that not only looks great but lasts a lifetime.



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