What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are extremely safe and have been used in dentistry for nearly 40 years. Implants are small titanium posts which replace the roots of missing teeth. Once healed, implants provide a strong foundation upon which a crown or “cap” may be placed. Implant teeth look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Best of all, implant teeth are permanent and can last a lifetime with proper care. Austin implant dentist Dr. Dan Holtzclaw is a board certified periodontist (specialty trained dentist with 4 years of additional surgical training) who has successfully placed thousands of dental implants.
Are dental implants better than dental bridges?
Modern dental implants have success rates exceeding 95% and have a number of benefits over traditional treatments such as dental bridges. With a bridge, your dentist shaves down teeth next to your missing tooth to create space for the restoration. In addition to removing perfectly good tooth structure, shaving teeth down for a bridge may irritate the nerves of the teeth leading to future root canals. With dental implants, the teeth next to the missing tooth are not touched. This eliminates unnecessary trauma to the adjacent teeth and the possible need for expensive and painful root canals.
Austin Implant Dentists
There are at least 100 Austin Implant Dentists. So, who should you trust to place your dental implant? First and foremost, you need to consider the training of the dentist placing your dental implant. Specialty trained dentists such as Periodontists and Oral Surgeons attend an additional 3-4 years beyond dental school where they receive intense training in the surgical placement of dental implants. While many general dentists advertise that they place dental implants, most have not had formal specialty training in this procedure. Did you know that most general dentists receive very little to no training in the surgical placement of dental implants during dental school? A number of dentists attend weekend training programs to become “certified” to place dental implants. This weekend continuing education training pales in comparison to the extensive training specialty trained dentists such as Periodontists and Oral Surgeons receive during their 3-4 year residencies.
When Getting Dental Implants, EXPERIENCE MATTERS
Dr. Holtzclaw is one of the most experienced and qualified implant dentists in not only Austin, but all of Texas. In addition to being a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, he is one of the few Diplomates of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) in Texas. ICOI Diplomate status is the highest honor available from this international implant organization and is only provided to clinicians who pass a rigorous oral examination and present over 50 carefully reviewed long term implant cases of increasing levels of difficulty. Dr. Holtzclaw is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry, one of the largest dental implant journals in the world. JIACD is read in 174 countries and has a circulation exceeding 100,000 readers. Dr. Holtzclaw has published over 40 peer reviewed articles relating to dental implant treatment in multiple dental journals. His industry leadership in the realm of dental implants is routinely recognized as Dr. Holtzclaw is asked to provide multiple lectures at major international conferences each year.
Free, No Obligation Implant Consultation
If you are missing teeth or would simply like more information about dental implants, please call Dr. Holtzclaw and his expert team at Austin Dental Implant Center to schedule a FREE no obligation consultation!