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Since their introduction in the 1950s, titanium dental implants have revolutionized dentistry, offering a superior solution for tooth replacement. Unlike other options, dental implants can fully restore the structure of a missing tooth, from root to crown. If you’re struggling with the complications of tooth loss, our oral surgeon in San Antonio is here to help you regain your oral and overall wellness.
What Makes Dental Implants So Successful?
Dental implants stand out for their unique ability to fuse with living tissue and bone, a process called osseointegration. This natural fusion ensures that implant posts provide a reliable and secure foundation for your chosen restoration. By resolving the complications associated with tooth loss, dental implants have become the preferred choice for many individuals.
What are Dental Implants Exactly?
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed in the jawbone. These posts act as artificial tooth roots, replacing both the root and crown of a missing tooth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, eliminating the need for temporary substitutions or loose dental appliances.
Discover the Many Benefits of Dental Implants
Replacing missing teeth goes beyond enhancing your smile aesthetics. It also promotes proper digestion and restores your ability to chew and speak. The comprehensive advantages of dental implants include improved comfort, enhanced chewing ability, reduced digestion complications, prevention of neighboring teeth from shifting, preserved jawbone volume, protection against bone deterioration, and overall oral health contributing to your well-being.
How Many Implants Do I Need?
Typically, one dental implant is placed for each missing tooth. For larger teeth with multiple roots, such as back teeth, larger implants are commonly used. The number of implants required depends on the unique factors of your smile, which teeth are missing, and how many need to be replaced. During your consultation with Dr. Wert, the best treatment options for you will be evaluated.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants are in good overall and oral health. Sufficient bone density in the jaw is necessary to support the implant, and healthy gum tissues free of infection and disease are essential. Dr. Wert, our experienced oral surgeon, possesses the expertise, specialized knowledge, training, and technology to make your dreams of dental implants come true.
Increasing Your Chances of Successful Treatment with Bone Grafting
Successful implant placement requires adequate bone density. If you have thin bony ridges due to tooth extraction many years ago, bone grafting can help improve the volume of your jawbone. This enhances your implant’s ability to fuse properly with bone and tissue. Bone grafting is a comfortable office procedure, and various grafting materials, including your own bone, are available.
Caring for Your Newly-Restored Smile
To ensure healthy results and optimal healing, it is crucial to practice proper oral hygiene habits before, during, and after getting dental implants. At San Antonio Oral Surgery, we specialize in dental implants and provide detailed post-operative instructions to help you care for your implants effectively. Regular dental visits, brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush, gentle flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and avoiding hard or sticky foods, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption are essential for maintaining a healthy and radiant smile.
Contact Make You Smile to schedule a consultation today and embark on your journey towards a long-lasting, functional smile. With over 30 years of experience serving the oral health needs of patients in San Antonio, Dr. Wert and his team look forward to helping you achieve a confident and beautiful smile.