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Dental Implants

Dental Implants In San Antonio, TX

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Missing teeth shouldn’t impact your smile, and with dental implants, they don’t have to. Dental implants are a modern and permanent solution to missing teeth that will make your smile as full as it can possibly be. At Crownridge Dental in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Christian Pham DMD provides patients with top-of-the-line care in dental implant surgery.

If you'd like to enjoy the benefits of a full set of dentures without worrying about whether they’ll be unstable during certain activities, dental implants may be a fantastic alternative. We'll be happy to guide you in deciding whether this treatment option is right for you. When you visit our thoroughly modern office in San Antonio, TX, we'll carefully explain the pros and cons of each of our implant options so you can make a choice that's right for you. Call our office today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about dental implants.

An Alternative Approach 

Some of our patients prefer implants for both the upper and lower jaw, whereas others only benefit from the additional stability offered by a lower jaw implant. Whatever you decide upon, we'll be glad to accommodate your wishes. Once your implants are in place, we'll monitor you closely for some time to ensure that your mouth is healing properly.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that replaces your tooth’s root and provides a foundation for attaching an artificial tooth. For people looking to replace missing teeth, dental implants are an excellent alternative to bridges and dentures. They’re safe, durable, and provide a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing solution to tooth replacement.

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How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are surgically installed and fuse with the existing bone structure in a process called osseointegration, which means “combines with the bone.” Once fused, the implant provides a foundation in your mouth for a small post, or abutment, on top of which a crown is firmly secured.

What’s the process for getting implants?

If you and Dr. Pham decide that dental implants are right for you, the first step is to schedule two surgeries. In the first surgery, Dr. Pham makes a surgical incision in your gums and/or jawbone (depending on whether the implants are endosteal or subperiosteal) and inserts the implant either into your bone socket or on top of your jaw beneath your gums. It takes six to 12 weeks to heal from this part of the procedure, during which time the implant will bond to your jawbone.

In the second surgery, Dr. Pham attaches the abutment, or connector post, to the implant. Once secured, he installs the crown on to the abutment and makes adjustments so that it feels natural and comfortable in your mouth.

Two Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implants. They’re surgically inserted directly into your jawbone’s bone structure and require a second surgery to connect a post to the original implant.

Subperiosteal Implants

A subperiosteal implant is a metal frame that’s secured directly on top of your jawbone just beneath your gum tissue. The frame is secured into place as your gum tissue heals over it. In subperiosteal implants, the post is attached to the frame and protrudes through the gums. This type of implants are an effective alternative for patients who don’t have enough healthy bone material in their jaw to properly insert an endosteal implant.

Interested in learning more about dental implants? Dr. Pham is an excellent resource and a skilled dental surgeon. Call Crownridge Dental in San Antonio, TX today at (210) 538-7500 to schedule a consultation or use our online booking tool!

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