San Antonio Dental Implants
Tooth Replacement Solutions for Every Patient
In the past, replacing missing teeth used to mean only restoring the parts of your tooth seen when you smile. 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 dental restorations that can last for decades. For more information on dental implants, please give us a call. We would be happy to answer your dental implant questions during a tooth replacement consultation visit to ensure you pick the right restoration option to meet your unique needs.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are typically crafted from high quality titanium. This material has been used to repair broken bones for years. The highly biocompatible metal fuses with natural bone and supportive tissues, recreating healthy structure and function. Dental implants bring this bone restoration solution to your smile. When implant posts are surgically placed below the gum line, the supportive alveolar bone and gum tissue fuse with the implant post, recreating the lost root structures of teeth. Once these implants are in place, they can be used to support any number of replacement teeth, recreating your natural looking and feeling smile.
Tooth Replacement Solutions for Every Patient
Dental implants are made of two parts, a post that functions as a prosthetic tooth root, and a crown or restoration, which is the portion of the tooth you can see. Because the implant post is surgically inserted into your jawbone, this structure is secure. In other words, the replacement tooth does not rely on surrounding teeth for support, the way a dental bridge does.
This service is versatile enough to replace a single tooth or anchor a bridge, partial, or full denture. At our dental practice in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Wylie, Dr. Gonzalez, and visiting specialists place implants for many styles of replacement teeth, including overdentures (implant-retained dentures). As an experienced general dentist, he will provide you with the information and education you need to make an informed choice about what’s best for your situation. He will also oversee the implant placement process from start to finish.
What are the 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:
- Offers 97% success after ten years
- Eliminates the need for abutment crowns
- Improves self-confidence
- Eliminates denture slippage
- Makes eating and speaking easier
- Promotes jawbone retention
- Functions and look like natural teeth
- Can last a lifetime with proper care
Answers to Your Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
We know that our patients will have a lot of questions before moving forward with an advanced procedure like dental implant supported tooth replacement. Dr. Holland and his team are happy to help you with any of your dental implant questions, so please don’t hesitate to call to talk to our team or schedule a tooth replacement consultation. However, before we get started on your tooth replacement plan, you can find the answers to some of the questions we hear most often on this page.
How can I Make my Dentures Fit Better?
Dentures are notoriously uncomfortable. Slipping, rubbing, and difficulty chewing are all concerns patients with traditional dentures have to deal with. For some patients, using a denture adhesive is effective to improve the stability of the denture, but even the most well fitted traditional dentures can only restore about 20% of chewing ability. If you want to improve the stability of your denture, dental implants may be a good option. They improve the stability of prosthetics, and implant supported dentures renew 70% or more of chewing ability. That means denture wearers can eat a more varied diet and avoid discomfort often associated with traditional denture wear.
Are Implants the Best Way to Replace a Missing Tooth?
Not for every patient. No treatment is right for everyone. However, many dentists do consider dental implant supported tooth replacement to be the gold standard in care. Before we recommend implant supported tooth replacement, you will visit our team for a tooth replacement consultation. We’ll examine your smile, review your oral and overall health history, discuss any past surgical experiences, and work with you to determine whether or not dental implants are good option for you. If you decide to move forward with dental implants, you will experience a number of benefits including:
- Long lasting restorations – many patients can even keep their restoration for life
- Natural look, feel, and function
- Improved chewing ability
- Maintained jawbone density and gum tissue volume
How Much do Dental Implants cost?
The cost of dental implant supported tooth replacement varies dramatically between patients, but regardless of the specific costs, many patients are surprised to see their dental implant price tag. It’s important to remember that these high quality dental restorations represent a lifetime of healthy, natural looking and feeling smiles. Other tooth replacement options need to be repaired and replaced every few years, but patients who choose dental implant supported tooth replacement are often able to keep their restorations for life. Our team will be happy to talk to you about all of your financing options and help you fit your dental implant supported tooth replacement plan into your budget.
Why Should I Visit New Image Dentistry for Dental Implants?
At New Image Dentistry, you know you have a skilled general dentist and dental team you can trust, but what about performing an advanced procedure like dental implant placement and restoration? Dr. Wylie, Dr. Gonzalez, and visiting specialists have advanced training and years of experience placing dental implants, so you can receive this complex procedure from a dentist and team you already trust with all of your dentistry needs. Additionally, patients benefit from receiving their entire implant supported tooth replacement procedure from start to finish in one office. The seamless process saves patients time and reduces the stress of working with multiple dental offices’ schedules, insurance policies, and financing options. Instead, your trusted New Image Dentistry team is there for you from start to finish, making the dental implant supported tooth replacement process completely pain and stress free.