Dental Implants — San Antonio, TX
In the past, dentures and dental bridges were the only way to replace missing teeth. Unfortunately, these options only replace the visible portion of teeth, leaving much to be desired in terms of stability and comfort. Today, the New Image Dentistry team can help you restore both the roots and crowns of missing teeth with dental implants. This innovative tooth replacement solution creates natural looking, feeling, and functioning smile as well as a lifelong solution for missing teeth. For more information about dental implants in San Antonio, TX, please give us a call. We would be happy to answer your dental implant questions during a tooth replacement consultation to ensure you pick the right restoration option to meet your unique needs.
Why Choose New Image Dentistry For Dental Implants?
- Start-to-Finish Convenience:
Entire Treatment Completed In-Office
- Dental Implants Placed In-Office
by Our Experienced Periodontal Specialist
- Advanced Dental Technology for Precise,
Comfortable, & Long-Lasting Results
What Are Dental Implants?
There are two parts to a natural tooth: the visible crown above the gumline and the hidden roots anchored into your jawbone. Unlike any other tooth loss solution, dental implants are designed to replace the entire structure of a missing tooth, not just the part you see when you smile. To do this, a dental implant contains three main parts: an implant post, an abutment, and a final restoration.
The small metal implant post is inserted directly into the jawbone to mimic the roots of the missing tooth. They’re usually made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that has been used to integrate with bone tissue for decades. The post will fuse with the surrounding bone tissue, essentially becoming part of your jaw. This provides an incredibly stable foundation for the final restoration it supports. This crown, bridge, or denture is secured on top of the post via a small connector piece called an abutment and will be custom-made to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
No other option replaces missing teeth like this. As such, dental implants are the only way to regain a complete smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural! That’s why dentists and patients alike consider dental implants to be the gold standard of tooth replacement.
The Dental Implant Process
When you first begin treatment, we’ll perform an exam of your smile and ask you specific questions about your current oral health. We’ll determine which teeth you’d like to replace, how many teeth need replacement, and potentially perform preparatory treatments (i.e. gum grafting, gum disease therapy, or tooth extractions) if needed.
Once we’ve confirmed your needs in more detail, we’ll surgically place the implants into the jaw and then give them plenty of time to heal. After a few months have passed, we can begin designing your permanent restoration and place it on top of the implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
No treatment is right for every patient, but for those who do decide to move forward with dental implants, there are numerous benefits, including:
- 97% success rate ten years after placement
- Eliminates the need to alter healthy teeth in order to place a traditional dental bridge
- Improves self-confidence
- Eliminates denture slippage
- Makes eating and speaking easier
- Promotes jawbone preservation
- Functions and looks like natural teeth
- Can last a lifetime with proper care
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants are versatile enough to replace a single tooth or anchor a bridge, partial, or full denture. Thus, no matter the extent of your tooth loss, this treatment may be the ideal solution for you.
Missing 1 Tooth
If you are missing just one tooth, you will receive a single dental implant. After the implant has fused with the bone around it, our team will attach a custom crown to it to replace the visible portion of your tooth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For multiple missing teeth in a row, an implant bridge may be your best treatment option. Whereas a traditional bridge relies on the adjacent teeth for support, an implant-supported restoration is anchored in the jawbone, making it as secure and natural-feeling as possible.
Missing All Teeth
Instead of replacing an entire arch of missing teeth with a traditional full denture, we can rebuild your smile with an implant denture. This type of denture is securely anchored into your jawbone with several dental implants to give you a strong, confident smile. With either removable or fixed options, you won’t ever have to worry about your new teeth slipping or popping out of place!
Some patients who are missing all their teeth in on or both arches may be a candidate for All-On-4 dental implants. This special type of implant denture is held in place with only four strategically placed dental implants to maximum stability with minimal surgery. What’s more, most patients are able to receive replacement teeth the same day of their dental implant surgery! During your consultation, we’ll review all your options with you and help you pick the one that’s best for you.
Dental Implant Salvage
While the success rate for dental implant placement is extremely high, there are instances where a dental implant can fail. When this happens, dental implant salvage will be necessary in order to fix the problem. Depending on the reason for the initial failure, we will evaluate the tooth-in-question and formulate a plan. Whether it is caused by bone loss or the development of gum disease, we will work hard to ensure you get to keep your implants for as long as possible.