Happy holidays San Antonio! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Advanced Dental Associates. The New Year is just around the bend, have you begin to consider making any New Year’s Resolutions? For our patients with missing teeth, we have a suggestion. Make 2016 the year you fill the gap in your smile with a dental implant!
At Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, we offer a variety of dental implant restorations. Dental implants are the latest in state-of-the-art dental technology, there’s no healthier or more effective way to replace a missing tooth.
In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to take an in-depth look at the different types of dental implants. We’ll also look at what you can expect during a dental implant procedure and the health benefits of dental implant restorations.
What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant procedures are nothing to be afraid of! During a dental implant procedure, we place a titanium rod into your jawbone. This titanium rod acts as an artificial tooth root for your missing tooth or teeth. Once a dental implant has been placed, it will start to integrate with your existing bone-matter. This process can be made completely comfortable with sedation dentistry at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX.
Once a dental implant has healed, it will be nearly as strong as your natural tooth root. Your dental implant can then be topped with a variety of different dental restorations. If you’re missing a single tooth, we’ll place a crown on the dental implant. If you are missing multiple teeth, we can place bridges and dentures on the dental implant.
Types of Dental Implant Restorations
Traditional Dental Implants: We use a single dental implant if you have an isolated missing tooth. Your dental implant is placed and then topped with an incredibly lifelike dental crown. No one will even know that you were missing a tooth!
Multiple Dental Implants: We use multiple dental implants to secure permanent bridges and/or partial dentures. If you’re missing several teeth, you might need multiple dental implants. Your implant dentist will place the fewest number of implants necessary to support your bridge or partial denture.
Mini Dental Implants: Mini dental implants are also affordable dental implants. Because they are about half the size of a traditional dental implant, mini implants tend to be less expensive. Mini dental implants are ideal for patients looking for affordable dental implants or patients who lack the jawbone density to support a traditional dental implant. Mini implants can be used to secure a crown or lower dentures.
All-On-Four and All-On-Six Dental Implants: If you’re missing all or nearly all of your teeth, you may benefit from the All-On-Four or All-On-Six dental implant procedures. Your dentist will place four or six dental implants, these dental implants are then used to support a series of permanent bridges. These dental implant procedures can give you a full-set of permanent, non-removable replacement teeth.
Implant-Supported Dentures: Dental implants can be used to upgrade your existing set of dentures. We place dental implants with special hardware attached to them; this special hardware allows you to simply snap your dentures into place. No more adhesive or worrying about your dentures falling out!
The Health Benefits of Dental Implants
Missing teeth can actually increase your likelihood for losing even more teeth. When you’re missing a tooth, your teeth start to shift out of ailment. As your teeth shift and realign, they begin to loosen. This can lead to them falling-out! Dental implants prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting or loosening.
Dental implants can also prevent bone-loss. When you’re missing a tooth root, the socket for the tooth closes. When this happens, your jaw actually begins to shrink a bit. When you’re missing multiple teeth, you can experience significant bone-loss. Have you ever seen a long-time denture wearer when their teeth are out? That shrunken-in look is a result of bone loss.
Make An Appointment
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? Then contact Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX. We can help determine if dental implants are right for you! Call us today at 210-819-5233.