Dental Implants: The Future of Great Care in San Antonio, TX
In the past, restoring a lost tooth involved a bridge. To place a bridge, you had to reduce two other teeth for crowns that would attach to your bridge tooth, meaning that two healthy teeth were partially ruined in the process! Not only that, but a bridge does little in the way of preventing the worst side effect of lost teeth: bone and gum recession.
The unsecured bone between two teeth shrinks over time and can eventually lead to neighboring teeth shifting and loosening. While a bridge may stabilize the teeth, they can still become loose as the bone around them shrinks.
With a dental implant procedure from Advanced Dental Associates, bone loss isn’t an issue! The amazing ability of dental implants to perfectly replicate a tooth in form and function is unmatched! Dr. Villarreal has extensive experience placing dental implants while the patient remains in complete comfort!
What Is a Dental Implant?Dr. Robert Villarreal on Implants - Advanced Dental Associates Read Transcript
Implants, you know they’ve come a long way over the years and in technology today, implants are used to replace the root of the tooth. They provide anchoring into the jawbone and are support for the tooth that will be replaced. Implants can provide support for one missing tooth or for many missing teeth and they can be used to support a whole denture for all the missing teeth.
A dental implant is a metal screw, about the size of your natural tooth root, that is implanted in your jaw. Implants are made of titanium, which is excellent at integrating with bone, making it just as strong as your natural teeth! It generally takes implants a few months to heal, so placing a dental implant is done prior to placement of the crown or bridge that will go on top.
Dental implants are an amazing advancement in caring for your long-term oral health after the loss of a tooth. By sitting in your jaw and integrating with bone, the implant fills the same role as the root of your tooth and will not only prevent bone loss but also stimulate it!
Am I a Candidate For a Dental Implant?
Dental implants require patients to have healthy gums and bones in the area the implant will be placed. Bone loss over time can mean that you won’t be a good fit for dental implants, as there may not be enough remaining bone to successfully place an implant. In those instances, traditional implants can actually be a risk to your health!
Fortunately for you, we have ways to help you still be eligible for dental implants despite bone loss! Using advanced surgical techniques, we can augment your bone to increase density and width! When bone loss is a problem, this is an excellent solution!
Our San Antonio, TX dentist is also able to offer mini implants, which are a fraction of the size of standard implants and are ideal for patients with bone loss but otherwise healthy mouths. Mini implants can be placed in smaller, more compact areas and are still able to support crowns and bridges.
Depending on the health of your bone and gums, we’ll be able to recommend the perfect implant fit for you!
The Implant Procedure
Once you’re ready for an implant, your appointment with our San Antonio, TX dentist will start with local anesthesia to numb the area. We’re also able to offer sedation for patients who are nervous about being awake for the procedure.
Once you’re relaxed, we’ll place the implant in your jaw. It will be capped with a post that will be attached to your new artificial tooth, but in order to get the perfect crown produced, we’ll need to take an impression first! The impression of your mouth is used by the lab to make your crown while your implant heals and integrates.
If tooth extraction is needed prior to placing your implant, our San Antonio, TX dentist can still do it all in one appointment! This is a great option for avoiding any bone loss and saves you a second appointment and procedure! You’ll only have to heal once!
At a second appointment, we’ll permanently attach your new tooth, and you’ll be ready to enjoy the most advanced technology in the dental industry! There is no healing time needed for the crown placement – it just sits on top of your well-integrated implant!
For patients getting multiple implants for bridges or full mouth replacements, the procedure is the same, and healing time is generally no different. You’ll be ready to enjoy your new teeth in no time at all!
What Kind of Implants Do You Offer?
Our San Antonio, TX dentist offers several state-of-the-art implant solutions! From standard implants to advanced systems that will give you a whole new smile in one day, we do it all!
- Single Implants are perfect for patients missing one tooth. These can be finished in a day and ready in just a few months!
- Multiple Implants are great for permanent bridges – anywhere from a couple teeth to a partial denture replacement!
- Mini Implants make an ideal choice for patients with bone loss or who need an implant in a tight area.
- All-On-4® and All-On-6® Implants can give you a whole new set of teeth that are permanently attached! These advanced systems will give you the smile of your dreams with a functionality you would never have thought possible! Better yet, you can get a brand new smile in just one day with this system!
- Implant-Supported Dentures are an amazing upgrade to your current dentures. We can place implants that will have a system for perfect integration with your current dentures! These are ideal for patients with dentures that don’t quite have the perfect fit anymore. You won’t even need a new set to get added stability and security!
Implants aren’t just a great aesthetic choice – the advanced technology developed with this system means your oral health will be preserved as well! If you want to take advantage of all the great things we can do with dental implants, call our San Antonio, TX dentist office today at 210-819-5233! You can also schedule an appointment using our online form. We look forward to helping you soon!