Dental Implants – San Antonio, TX
A Complete Tooth Replacement Solution
Tooth replacement options have become more and more realistic over the last several decades. Today, we can offer dental implants as a state-of-the-art answer for tooth loss. Out of all the available treatments for missing teeth, dental implants come the closest to looking and feeling like the real thing, largely due to the fact that they are the only option to replace the roots of the teeth along with the crowns. Call today to set up a consultation with Dr. Pham and see if dental implants in our San Antonio, TX dental office could give you a lifelong smile.
Why Choose Crownridge Dental for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants Placed In-House
- Computer-Guided Surgery
- State-of-the-Art Facility
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is made up of a post, a restoration, and an abutment. The posts are usually made of titanium (or another material that can join with your jawbone), and they are surgically placed in the jawbone so that they can mimic the missing teeth roots. The restoration is the dental prosthetic that’s held in place with the implant, and the abutment is what keeps the two other parts connected. Once all the components are in place, you’ll have a lifelike, dazzling tooth to help you enjoy all your favorite foods and speak with confidence in public.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Honestly, dental implants involve a lengthier treatment than dentures or bridges. Getting them even requires a multi-step process that takes a few months. Still, implants are quite worth this time and effort – our office places them in-house to ensure excellent results. In fact, Dr. Pham has advanced training and years of experience with the procedure. That means you can expect four main steps from our implant treatment: consultation, surgery, osseointegration, and delivery of the final restoration.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
The first step of the implant process is a consultation with Dr. Pham. Through this appointment, you’ll inform us of your treatment goals, health history, and general background. Knowing these factors lets our team confirm whether implants suit you.
Of course, our office can still help if you don’t (immediately) qualify for implants. We’ll work with you to complete preliminary procedures as needed, including gum disease therapy or tooth extraction. Following these services, your mouth will be strong enough to support dental implants.
In case our office approves treatment, the consultation would also cover the details of implant work. That means we’d walk you through the treatment timeline, cost, and similar matters.
Dental Implant Surgery
As stated earlier, our practice places implants in-house; we won’t refer you to outside specialists. Thanks to this setup, your treatment will have a shorter duration and involve less travel. Our in-office approach also gives us instant access to your dental records (assuming you’re a returning patient).
When you see us for the implant surgery, you’ll undergo four things:
- An Anesthetic Injection – Before starting treatment, Dr. Pham will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. This method ensures you won’t feel discomfort from the surgery. At most, you’ll only feel a slight pressure as our staff operates.
- A Minor Incision – Once the treatment site is fully numb, we’ll make a small incision in your gums. Doing so creates a space for your future implant(s).
- Implant Placement – Following the incision, our team will place your implant by using advanced methods and tools.
- Gum Closure – Right after placement, we’ll close the incision in your mouth. We’ll then put a cap over the implant post.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
After the surgery is over, your implant(s) will slowly fuse with your jaw’s bone tissue. This fusion process – also called osseointegration – requires 4-6 months to finish. From there, your implant post will be permanent and stay in place without fail.
Once the osseointegration is done, you’ll receive another surgery that places an abutment on your implant post. (An abutment is a metal connector that secures your treatment’s final restoration.) The final restoration will then be crafted from prior dental impressions.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s)
You’ll receive your final restoration for the last step of the implant process. Based on how many teeth you’ve lost, this item might be a crown, bridge, or denture.
A dentist usually doesn’t need a while to fit the final restoration. Ordinarily, this last bit only needs some cement work. Afterward, you can enjoy your new smile in earnest.
DIOnavi Dental Implant System
The DIOnavi dental implant system allows Dr. Pham to use advanced technology to completely plan your dental implant placement surgery digitally so he can find the perfect location and depth for your new tooth. He can then position the implants within the jawbone using a conservative, minimally invasive technique that is more comfortable than the traditional method, reducing trauma to the nearby tissues. This means less post-treatment discomfort and a faster recovery, allowing patients to get their new teeth in less time than ever.Learn More About DIOnavi Implants
Benefits of Dental Implants
In reality, dental implants are actually quite popular. American dentists will place as many as 500,000 of them annually! The reason for this high acclaim is the implants’ unique placement method. These restorations fit directly in the jaw, offering perks that dentures and bridges can’t match. Consequently, they have the power to improve your quality of life greatly. For more about the benefits of dental implants, just keep reading or call our office for details.
Right after treatment, you’ll immediately notice implants’ day-to-day benefits. These typically include:
- A Lifelike Smile – Implants are capped with dental crowns, so they look pretty and blend seamlessly with your smile. It’s to the point that friends and family won’t notice they’re artificial.
- Boosted Confidence – Once they’ve filled your smile gaps, implants will boost your confidence. From there, you’ll feel less anxious and more self-assured in social settings.
- Easier Eating – Because they restore your bite force, implants let you chew tougher foods. That means they’ll help you enjoy many of your favorite meals!
- Low-Maintenance Care – Compared to dentures or bridges, implants don’t need special care. You can clean them just as you would natural teeth. In other words, remember to brush them twice daily, floss between them once daily, and rinse them often with mouthwash.
Aside from the everyday upsides, implants also have health advantages. Some of the most notable ones are:
- Stronger Jawbone – Untreated tooth loss will cause your jawbone to erode. Thankfully, implants can prevent and even reverse this erosion. They’d stimulate your jaw and thus preserve its bone tissue.
- Better Nutrition – Since they strengthen your jaw (see above), implants let you eat a broader range of foods. A greater variety in your meals, in turn, will improve your nutritional health.
- Smile Support – Smile gaps from tooth loss can tilt your remaining teeth. Left unchecked, this tilting can lead to more missing chompers. Fortunately, implants fill these gaps and prevent tilted teeth.
- Fewer Oral Risks – Left unchecked, empty jaw sockets are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria. As such, filling them with implants reduces your risk of gum disease and similar issues.
Finally, implants’ long-term perks help them stand apart from other choices. These latter kinds span the following:
- A High Success Rate – When done by a qualified dentist, implants almost always succeed in the long term. Even today, their success rate ten years after placement is about 95%!
- Persistent Results – Even the average implant can last about 15-20 years. Meanwhile, a well-maintained one has a lifespan of 30 years or more. Ultimately, then, an implant treatment could potentially help you for a lifetime.
- Cost-Effectiveness – Implants save you more money than dentures or bridges would. Since they’re long-lasting (see above), they won’t force you to pay for many replacement or repair visits. (Conversely, dentures and dental bridges only last 5-7 years and thus need expensive follow-up care.)
Who Dental Implants Can Help
No treatment is right for everyone, which is why determining whether you’re a viable candidate for implants is one of the most important steps we take during your initial consultation. You can most likely get dental implants to replace any number of missing teeth as long as your mouth and body are in good health overall, and you’re willing to undergo a lengthy process that involves surgery. The implant process can be customized depending on how many teeth you’ve lost, as detailed below.
Missing One Tooth
If you’ve lost one tooth, a single implant post will be placed in the gap. A lifelike dental crown will eventually be attached to the post. By using a single implant instead of a traditional dental bridge, you can replace your missing tooth without having to make any changes to your natural teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
There are a few different ways to replace multiple missing teeth with implants. It depends on how many teeth have been lost and where they were all located relative to each other. Implant bridges, for example, replace multiple teeth in a row; all it takes is two implant posts to hold the bridge in place.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Dental implants are so versatile they can even replace an entire row of teeth. All you need is a denture and four to six implant posts, and you can restore your entire smile at once. Implant dentures can either be removable or fixed based on your preferences, so be sure to ask about what options are available.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
You won’t know exactly how much your dental implants cost until you’ve had a consultation. We will need to go over different factors that can influence the final cost, including whether bone grafts are needed, how many implants will be placed, and so on. When comparing the cost of implants to other tooth replacement options, remember that implants last far longer on average and have more health benefits, so they may be the most worthwhile investment long-term.
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