What Dental Implants Do For Your Smile

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Missing teeth are distracting a detrimental to your health. That’s why our San Antonio TX dental office is trained to handle all of your dental care, including replacing missing teeth with lifelike and permanent options.

Advanced Dental Associates has helped countless patients overcome the struggle of missing teeth. This problem causes major aesthetic problems, but more importantly, people have trouble eating the foods they love, especially if they are suffering from total tooth loss.

For hundreds of years, removable dentures were the most common way to replace missing teeth. Even though dentures are more lifelike and function than ever before, dental implants are now the strongest tooth replacement option in dentistry. Implants nearly match the power of natural teeth, and best of all, you’ll never have to worry about your teeth sliding around.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are different than any other tooth replacement option. Dentures rest on the gums while dental implants are surgically placed in the bone. Implants are made from titanium, a metal that actually merges with bone. As the implant heals, it literally becomes part of your body and then acts like the root of your natural tooth. The biggest benefit of dental implants is the strength. They are just about as strong as your natural teeth, allowing you to eat whatever you want again.

Here are a few more benefits:

  • They can last a lifetime — Implants don’t get cavities and with proper care, they can last forever.
  • The procedure is highly successful — Implants are placed with about a 98 percent success rate, so it’s a low-risk surgery.
  • You can restore them in many ways — The implant acts as the root, and you can restore them with crowns, bridges, or full dentures. You can have options that snap in to the implant or options that are non removable.
  • They preserve the jawbone — When the teeth are lost, the jawbone will recede. Jawbone recession changes the shape of your face. The chin and nose grow closer together, and people often develop wrinkles around their face. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement in dentistry that preserve the jawbone, giving you a more youthful smile.

How We Use Dental Implants

All dental implants function in the same way. They merge with the jawbone and then set the stage for a restoration to be placed on top. But there are different ways to use dental implants.

Single Implants — These are self-explanatory. We can simply use a dental implants to replace the missing tooth. Single implants can now be uses instead of dental bridges, which require us to crown the teeth next to the missing tooth.

Implant-supported dentures — There are millions of adults struggling with rampant tooth loss and loose dentures. Dental implants can give your dentures the stability you need to eat the food you love. We can simply place a few dental implants around the arch of the mouth to support your teeth.  

All-on-4 Dental Implants — All-on-4 dental implants are also used for total tooth loss or patients who are missing a full arch of teeth. Patients love All-on-4 because the upper restoration leaves the palate open, not blocking your tastes or hot or cold sensations.   

Mini Dental Implants — Some patients have been told they are not candidates for dental implants because they have thin jawbones. But that’s no longer a problem with mini dental implants. These implants are smaller in diameter than traditional implants, giving more patients the option to secure their teeth with implants.

Advanced Dental Associates can offer so many different implant options because our dentists have advanced training in full-mouth reconstruction and oral surgery. We can even rendered IV sedation if you need extensive dental treatment in one day or if you’re fearful.

You’ll be amazed at the difference dental implants can make with your smile. Even if you think your smile is too far, dental implants may help. You should give us a call today at 210-871-9243 or use the online form to schedule a consultation with us.  



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