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, Texas, Christian Pham, DMD, provides patients with top-of-the-line care in dental implant surgery. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
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.
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.
There are two types of dental 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.
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.
Subperiosteal implants are an effective alternative for patients who don’t have enough healthy bone material in their jaw to properly insert an endosteal implant.
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.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, Dr. Pham is an excellent resource and a skilled dental surgeon. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office of Crownridge Dental or use the convenient online booking tool.