Times changes when you go from being a child to being an adult. There are many obvious places that you see that, but one of the most interesting for us is in the loss of teeth. When you’re a child and your lose a tooth, you get celebrated. When you’re an adult, you get humiliated!
Maybe you had parents who made each lost tooth a fun adventure with the tooth fairy and a special bit of money under your pillow, or maybe your parents made you a special meal after each lost tooth with soup, ice cream, and other soft foods that you could enjoy.
It would be nice if things still worked the same way. Unfortunately, when you lose a tooth as an adult, you are not going to receive money. Instead, you are going to have to give up some money so that you can replace your missing tooth!
Here in San Antonio, we have found that nothing replaces a missing tooth better than a dental implant. We want to introduce you to this idea (if you’re not familiar) and explain the many ways that a dental implant can transform your smile for the rest of your life!
Out-Dated Replacement Options
In the past, we have relied on replacement options because it was all that was available. We still offer some of these options in our office because for some patients, it is the best option. However, for most patients, bridges, partials, and dentures are a waste of time and money.
These three options will fill in your tooth, and for the most part, your smile will look natural and healthy. However, the function of these replacements is lacking. Not one of these options replaces the tooth’s root, which means you’ll be losing bone mass. Also, these replacements are uncomfortable because they aren’t nearly as secure or stable as your natural tooth was.
It’s time to turn to dental implants for all of your dental restoration needs!
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that looks like a little mini screw. The implant replaces the root of your tooth. It is inserted into the jaw bone where it heals through a process called osseointegration. The bone actually fuses with the implant to create a permanent restoration.
Once your implant is in, we can place different fixtures on top to restore the tooth or teeth that you are missing. We can attach crowns, bridges, or dentures to implants!
How Can Implants Change My Life?
Implants have changed the world of dentistry, so we know they can change your life! The first titanium implant was placed in the mid 1960s, but they have really progressed in the past decade or so to a procedure that is growing in popularity! Let’s take a look at a few of the procedures we can perform with dental implants.
The most common use for dental implants is the single tooth restoration. There are many reasons why you might lose a single tooth, and they aren’t all your fault! The most common cause is gum disease, but extensive decay and injury are also culprits. A single tooth restoration means that we will place one implant where your tooth root was. We will then place a full crown on top of the implant to complete the restoration.
Sometimes teeth don’t come out in ones! Sometimes you lose two or three teeth in a row due to an infection or the spread of decay. In those cases, we place an implant or two, depending on the space, and attach a full bridge to the top of the implants. The bridge can span the area but be securely held in place by an implant!
Let’s say that you aren’t missing one or two, but ALL of your teeth in an arch. Dental implants are still your best bet! We can help you in a couple of different ways. We can offer an all-on-4 solution, which is a complete set of teeth held in place on four dental implants, or we can build a denture for you that is stabilized by dental implants. The denture itself would be removable, but it would snap into place on the dental implants throughout the day!
Learn More About Dental Implants Today!
Dental implants provide solutions for most missing teeth! There are rare situations when a dental implant is not your best bet, but we can help you make that decision when you come into the office for your appointment. Call us today to make that appointment! We can’t wait to see how we can help you!