Exceptional Dental Implant Treatment in San Antonio
Missing teeth not only impact your appearance but may also harm your speech or chewing ability. At Highland Hills Dental Center, Dr. E, Dr. Ashby, and our skilled dental team have a wealth of experience placing and restoring various implant restorations.
Our team provides complete and permanent teeth replacement solutions and all the dental procedures necessary to restore vital function to your smile. Are missing teeth affecting your health and happiness? Contact our San Antonio practice today!
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What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a popular procedure for replacing one or more missing teeth. The post is made of durable, biocompatible material, and the treatment can replace the whole tooth from roots to crown. Implant posts are surgically inserted into the jaw. Then, a fusion process occurs between the biocompatible posts and the natural tissue and jawbones. After a period of healing, it is ready to support a natural-looking artificial crown, bridge, or denture.
What are the Components of a Dental Implant?
Dental implants consist of three main components. Together they can replace an entire missing tooth:
The Post - This is the first component and is used to replace your tooth roots. It is safe and can last for decades because it is made of medical-grade titanium that won't corrode.
The Abutment – The middle part connects the restoration to the implant post. It is a tiny piece that securely connects your new replacement tooth to your post.
The Restoration – This is the final part. Based on your need, it can either be a crown, bridge, or denture. Once your gums heal properly, we'll place your chosen restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
A dental implant offers you a permanent replacement option that feels and looks exactly like your natural teeth. Implants stimulate your jawbone and allow it to remain strong and healthy, giving you a youthful appearance and protecting your natural facial features. They provide you with a fixed restoration that restores vital functions such as speech and chewing.
Who can Qualify for a Dental Implant?
If you have excellent oral and overall health, you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. The health of your jawbone is a determining factor for receiving this treatment. Also, the health of your gums is essential in determining the success of your implant.
If you have low jawbone density or gum disease, we can help! We provide pretreatment procedures such as bone grafts or periodontal care to increase your chances of effective implant treatment.
How Much Does Dental Implant Treatment Cost?
The costs of an implant procedure will vary. Factors that determine your specific price include:
- Number of required implants
- Location of implant placement
- Type of restoration needed
- Whether or not an extraction is needed
- The need for pretreatments like bone grafting
- Level of treatment complexity
What is a Bone Graft Procedure?
When the jawbones lack the strength required to hold the dental implants in place, bone grafting surgery can be beneficial. During this procedure, our dentists strengthen the jawbone by adding new bone material. It can be your own transplanted bone or another material that is specifically made for bone grafting.
Are Dental Implants Successful?
Yes, they are. Dental implant surgeries have a success rate of over 95%. They are reliable, long-lasting, and easy to take care of. Our team performs precise procedures and always makes sure to provide the highest quality implant materials and exceptional follow-up care throughout your healing period.
What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure
Your treatment time will vary, depending on the health of you gums and jaw, and how long you need to heal. Here are the steps:
- Treatment Plan: If you qualify, we will first identify your needs, discuss the number of required implants, and explain your options. Our team will then create a plan to meet your preferences and budget.
- Tooth Extraction: This step is required if you have a damaged tooth. If your tooth is already missing, we will skip this step.
- Placing Your Implants: We insert the implant post into the jaw to form a base for your new restoration.
- Abutment Placement: After your mouth has healed, our team will proceed with attaching the abutment to the implant post so that it is ready for the final stage.
- Receiving Your New Tooth: In the last step, our dentist will attach your natural-looking prosthetic to complete your restoration.
Our Implant-Supported Restorations
Dental implants can replace one, multiple, a full arch, or all of your teeth. At Highland Hills Dental Center, we strive to provide you with quality dental implant placement and tooth replacement. The type of restoration will depend on the number of teeth you need to replace.
Restorations we provide include:
Single Implant: When it is only a single missing tooth, we use one implant and a crown.
An Implant-Supported Bridge: These bridges are fixed using dental implants to replace two to three missing teeth in a row. They are attached to crowns affixed to the implant posts. instead of neighboring teeth for support.
Fixed Dentures: To replace all the teeth in your upper or lower arch, or both, we can use between four to six implants. They provide you with optimal function since they do not shift or slip out of place.
All-on-4® Implant-Supported Dentures: Need to replace an entire arch of your teeth or both arches? Our practice uses the latest dental technology that allows you to do this quickly and effectively. It is also referred to as teeth-in-a-day. The All-on-4 dental implant system is the fastest method available and uses only four implants to secure a full arch of teeth. This method of implant-supported denture is only removable by our dental professionals.
Implant-Supported Overdenture: Implant-supported overdentures are attached using two to six implants and are generally a good option if you have extreme bone loss. These fixed restorations become a permanent part of your bite.
Implant-Retained Overdenture: This is the most affordable option out there for full-arch replacements. An implant-retained overdenture consists of two or more implants and a removable appliance you need to take out nightly and clean. They can improve your chewing better than a traditional denture by providing more support.
Ready to Rebuild Your Smile?
When you give your dental implants the proper care they need, they can last a lifetime. At Highland Hills Dental Center, our mission is to improve your dental experience and give you a functional and appealing smile built on a foundation of good oral health. We are your go-to dental implant dentists in San Antonio. Contact us today!
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