Dental implants are the only permanent, natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. With the help of implants, you can achieve a stunning smile that will last for many years to come. They’re also designed to help heal the bone supporting your lost tooth, making your  smile healthier as well.

A dental implant is typically made from a screw-like titanium post that’s placed into the gums and connected to the jawbone. While this may sound intimidating, titanium is actually a highly efficient and stable material that functionally fuses with the bone and gels seamlessly with the existing structure. Most patients report that the procedure is generally painless, especially with the use of anesthesia.

There are only a few steps to undergo in the dental implant process. Set up a consultation with Dr. Berchelmann today, and read on to learn more about how we can restore your smile.

How the Implants Procedure Works

  • Dr. Berchelmann will begin the process with an initial consultation. This will allow him to determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants and discuss your best options going forward.
  • When he determines you’re ready, the doctor will place the titanium implant or implants into your gums. This is a surgical procedure that will need to be scheduled and completed in-office.
  • The implants will fuse with your jawbone and stabilize in a process called osseointegration.  The process takes a few months, but this recovery phase is important in allowing the implant to stabilize.
  •  After the implant heals, Dr. Berchelmann will attach your permanent restoration. This will be customized to blend in seamlessly with your other teeth,  
  • Once your dental implants are secure, you’ll be ready to enjoy all the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. Just make sure to brush and floss every day in addition to scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Berchelmann.

Our Dental Implant Solutions

When looking to replace missing teeth with a dental implant, the same options don’t apply to everyone. Dr. Berchelmann will assess your mouth, gums, and jawbone before providing you with the best options available to you. These options include:

SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT
In order to replace a single missing tooth, we’ll top your dental implant with an attractive porcelain crown. This is the most common type of implant restoration.

IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGE

This procedure is used to replace two or more missing teeth. A dental implant provides the support structure for a customized bridge of natural-looking prosthetics.

Dental Implant FAQs

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care, your dental implants may never need to be replaced. Typically, they’ll last for at least 10-15 years. To get the most out of your implants, maintain excellent oral hygiene at home and visit our San Antonio practice for routine dental checkups.

How much do dental implants cost?

The unique circumstances of each patient mean that the cost in each individual case can vary. During your initial consultation, Dr. Berchelmann will assess whether or not a preparatory procedure is required and which implant option is best for your case. These factors will contribute to your cost estimate.

How do you take care of your dental implants?

Aftercare for dental implants is simple and straightforward. To ensure your dental implants stay healthy, just brush and floss them with diligence. Take care of the implant like it’s one of your own teeth, because it is!

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants are a safe and sustainable option for anyone missing teeth who has eligible jawbone density. The bone’s density is a requirement because not only do dental implants replace missing teeth, they can aid in regenerating the bone density already lost due to a missing tooth.

Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?

Many insurance providers either partially or fully cover dental implant treatment. However, the amount of coverage you receive can vary, so it’s best to check with your insurance provider about their specific coverage of dental implants.

What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?

Dental implants have a 98% success rate, so complications are extremely rare. If you experience anything out of the ordinary with your treatment , call our San Antonio office immediately for prompt care.

Visit Berchelmann Family Dental For Implants

If you want a stable, natural-looking restoration for missing teeth, dental implants could be right for you. These convenient tooth replacements will help you eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Call our San Antonio dental practice at (210) 336-8478 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Berchelmann today. It’s the first step to your new smile! 

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