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Are you missing one more of your teeth? Are you struggling with dentures that don’t fit well or are uncomfortable? Dental implants are a solution to one of the most common dental problems.
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Missing teeth can ruin your smile and also make it hard to eat. Missing teeth can also cause other dental problems because your other teeth start to move to fill the empty space and suddenly you no longer have a correct dental “bite”.
Dental implants can replace individual missing teeth, or they can be used to permanently mount dentures.
Having a dental implant can give you a tooth that looks exactly like the one you lost, restore your smile and your ability to eat comfortably. They are also long lasting and advances in technology for dental implants has made this procedure much easier.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a replacement for a tooth that is done in two steps. Firstly, a small titanium “root replacement” is placed where the root of the tooth used to be. Titanium is used because the body accepts it easily and it fuses into the jaw bone and provides a solid base onto which a replacement tooth can be placed. Once the implant has “settled” a new tooth is placed onto it. Dental implants have a lot of strength and durability and once the procedure is complete you can eat as if you had your natural tooth. Another great use of dental implants is to replace a series of missing teeth. If you are missing too many teeth for a bridge to be strong enough, then the bridge can be placed onto two dental implants. In this way an entire denture can be mounted permanently and you feel as if you have a full set of teeth again.
Cost of A Dental Tooth Implant
The cost of a single tooth implant can vary greatly depending on the quality of the implant used and your personal situation. There are two steps involved. The first step is placing the implant. When the implant has settled, the dentist will then place a special type of crown. The cost of the implant is similar to the cost of a three unit bridge, so in the end fully replacing a missing tooth will cost something similar to getting a bridge. A bridge is typically the same price as three crowns. Costs vary person to person and our dentist will work with you to fit your budget and assist you to find financing. Call us on 210-880-4120 to schedule an appointment for a customized estimate just for you.
Why Dental Implants?
Missing teeth can cause your jawbone to shrink, making you look older. The appearance of your lips and cheeks can be affected by missing teeth. When missing teeth are visible, it ruins your smile. Consider dental implants for:
Single Tooth Implant
- A tooth implant can close a gap from a lost tooth. With modern techniques a single dental implant is a simple procedure and you can have your tooth back very easily.
Using Two Tooth Implants to Support A Bridge
- Here a single tooth implant can be used to replacing several teeth in a row. Using a “fixed bridge”. This is where implants are placed in your jaw and then a series of crowns are connected. In this way a series of missing teeth can be replaced with just two implants.
Several Dental Implants to Support Dentures
- Sometimes called “Full Mouth Restorations,” full arch replacements are a permanent alternative to removable dentures for people who are missing most or all of their teeth.
- Loose or Ill-Fitting Dentures. We can often place 2-6 implants under an existing denture to hold it in place. If the denture is too worn, we may have to make a new denture to fit the implants. Learn more about “All on Four” Dental Implants here.