Implant Dentist In San Antonio
If you are missing one or more teeth, there are a number of reasons to consider a dental implant. For one thing, if a missing tooth is not replaced, nearby teeth may shift, affecting your bite and placing more stress on other teeth or your jaw. Also, teeth that tip or drift as a result become harder to clean, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, bone loss may occur around the missing tooth. Not to mention that a missing tooth can have a negative effect on your smile.
A dental implant is a sort of anchor that looks like a screw made of titanium or material that is compatible with your body. A single tooth implant is surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, replacing the root of your missing tooth. A crown or denture is then placed over the implant. It looks and acts like a natural tooth and fits securely even when you chew.
Depending on your anatomy or bone structure, as well as the type of implant and the tooth being replaced, more than one implant may require two or more appointments to complete. The procedure involves several basic steps:
- Surgical placement of the implant into your jawbone
- A healing process of up to six months in which the bone grows around the implant and holds it in place
- Replacement of your missing tooth in which the new tooth (or dental crown) is attached to the implant post
If you are in good general health, have a jawbone that can support an implant, and do not use tobacco, a dental implant may be a viable solution for missing teeth.
The dentists at Shebah Dental in San Antonio, Texas specialize in dental implants and can tell you whether you are a good candidate for this kind of procedure. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (210) 448-1000 or arrange a consultation using our convenient online form.