Every single tooth actually has two main parts: the root and the crown, but most dental restorations only serve to replace the crown of a missing tooth. Dental implants go a step further and bring back the root as well, providing the most reliable, durable, and natural-looking tooth replacement available today. Whether you are missing a single tooth, all of your teeth, or somewhere in between, dental implants can help you reclaim your smile, and you can get them right here our Oak Hills, San Antonio dental practice. To learn more about them or schedule an appointment, contact us today.
As we touched on above, a dental implant is actually a prosthetic tooth root, and once one has been placed into your jaw, we can attach it to any number of replacement teeth to create your new smile.
In the case of a single missing tooth, we’ll use what is called an implant-retained crown. For this, a custom-made, all-porcelain crown will be attached directly to an implant using a metal connector called an abutment. It will be color-matched to the rest of a patient’s teeth, and because it will have the same structure as any natural tooth, it will blend in seamlessly.
And, if a patient is missing a few consecutive teeth, implant crowns can also be used to support a bridge to replace them. Two crowns will be placed on either side of the space in a patient’s smile, and these will be attached to additional prosthetic teeth to close it.
If you have a denture, it’s just a given that it is going to slip and slide around in your mouth, right? Thanks to implant-retained dentures, that no longer needs to be the case! They work by having a denture snap onto multiple implants placed into a patient’s mouth, anchoring them directly to the jawbone just like natural teeth. Compared to a traditional removable denture, they have numerous advantages:
This procedure enables a patient to have an entire row of missing teeth restored with a strong implant-retained denture in just one day. In a single well-planned appointment, four implants will be placed into the mouth, and a denture will be attached to them immediately. The key to this treatment is how the implants themselves are positioned to provide maximum security for the new teeth. This treatment is even viable for patients who have not been good candidates for dental implants in the past because of a thin or brittle jawbone.