It’s important to keep our natural teeth as long as possible. That means visiting our San Antonio TX dental office to restore your teeth. Our goal is to give you a smile you’ll be proud to shine and one that is functional. When you come to us for their care, we make sure you’re comfortable in the chair and confident in the results.
Of course, some people cannot save their teeth, so they’ll need a reliable replacement. Today, those of us at Advanced Dental Associates want to share some important facts about dental implants. Dental implants are becoming more popular, and so let’s review some things you need to know about this treatment.
Implants are the strongest tooth replacement option
For years, patients mainly used dentures to replace missing teeth. The problem with dentures is that they are not fixed to the jaw and slide around in the mouth. We can often adjust the dentures for a better fit so you can eat more of the foods you love. But dentures are still not nearly as strong as natural teeth. Dental implants nearly match the power of your natural teeth, making them the strongest tooth replacement option.
Implants merge with the bone
The reason that implants are so strong is that they merge with the bone. We’ll place the implant in the bone, and overtime, it heals with the bone. So the implant is literally part of your body. By merging with the jawbone, the implants actually preserve your youthful appearance. Once the teeth are lost, the jawbone will recede, but the implant preserves the jawbone.
Implants are versatile
In addition to being strong, implants are versatile. We can place dental implants for patients missing a single tooth (which we restore with a crown), large gaps in the smile, or even to replace entire arches of missing teeth. In fact, we can place implants around the arch to stabilize dentures. Or, if you don’t want the top palate covered, you can ask us about our All-on-4 dental implants.
You don’t have to worry about cavities!
Your natural teeth are subject to bacteria or tooth decay. Dental implants are made from titanium. Not only do implants and titanium naturally merge with the jawbone, but they do not get cavities.
Implant placement is predictable
Placing a dental implant requires oral surgery, but don’t let that alarm you. We understand that hearing the term “oral surgery” isn’t music to your ears, but new technology and treatment practices allow us to place dental implants with about a 98 percent success rate. So, if you need dental implants, you can be at ease because the procedure is overwhelmingly successful.
To be a candidate for dental implants, you only need enough jawbone and be in good oral health! If you have questions around our dental implants, give us a call today at 210-819-5233 to book a visit.