Of all the ways modern dentistry has to replace missing teeth, dental implants are by far the best. There is no tooth-replacement option that will give you a longer-lasting result. Implants also help preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost.
A dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.
How Implants Work
During a minor surgical procedure, your dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space vacated by the missing tooth. It will then be left to heal for a period of months before the final crown is attached. During this healing period, the implant actually fuses to the bone surrounding it.
Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants
Implants can be used in a variety of ways to replace missing teeth:
SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT
When you have one tooth missing, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate an actual tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth — even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options. An implant will never decay or need root canal treatment, and feels just like the tooth that was there.
Dental Implant FAQs
With proper oral care and regular visits to our San Antonio office, your dental implant will have the capability of lasting a lifetime.
The price of a dental implant is different for each individual patient. An estimated cost can be determined during you consultation when Dr. Berchelmann determines which implant solution is best for you and decides whether or not you require a preparatory procedure.
When caring for your dental implants right after your procedure, you should follow a liquid or soft food diet, avoid spitting, try not to smoke or drink alcohol, and rinse with warm salt water to help with swelling.
Otherwise, your oral hygiene routine should be the same as it is with your natural teeth.
Dental implants are a safe, durable tooth replacement option for your missing teeth that offer a wide range of benefits. Since they naturally integrate into your jawbone, they’re the only restorative treatment that can regenerate lost bone density caused by tooth loss.
Depending on your insurance provider, they may cover a portion of your implant procedure. However, it’s best to discuss whether or not they cover dental implant treatment before you decide to move forward.
In the event of a dental implant complication, you should give our San Antonio office a call immediately. That way we can get you in to get examined and fix any possible issues.