Dental Implants San Antonio, TX

Dental implants are titanium metal posts that replace the natural tooth roots. They anchor to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone. Dentists use them to form a foundation for a false tooth, bridge, or denture. Dr. Bassam Abazid provides restorative dental care with dental implants for patients with missing teeth in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Abazid can coordinate care for one or more missing teeth with implant restorations. Our dental implants can support a single dental crown to replace a missing tooth. We can also secure bridges to prevent the need for tooth preparation. Many patients prefer implant-supported dentures to replace a full arch of missing teeth to avoid slipping dentures.

No matter the number of missing teeth, dental implants offer a strong and permanent replacement. Continue reading to learn more about dental implant restorations.

Dental Implants in San Antonio, TX

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants in our San Antonio dental office provide many advantages over removable dental restorations. They are the gold standard for tooth replacement for a reason.

Dental implants offer many benefits, including:

  • Improved Look: If you have missing teeth, you likely hide your smile around others. Implants secure restorations that consist of tooth-colored compounds. Dental implants secure restorations that match the shape and shade of your natural teeth. Fill the gaps left by missing teeth with these natural-looking, durable tooth replacements.
  • Full Mouth Function: Replacing missing teeth with dental implants helps improve eating and speaking. Because implant posts act as artificial tooth roots, they allow you to eat foods you can’t with removable dentures. Replacing missing teeth also helps you pronounce words more clearly.
  • Long-Lasting Results: The implant posts themselves are permanent. Like natural, healthy tooth roots, implants will support your restoration for years. While you may need to replace your restoration over time, the implants will stay in place.

Dental implants are one of the best tooth replacement options for patients with one or more missing teeth. If you suffer from pain and embarrassment because of missing teeth, implants can help.

Implant Pretreatment

The cost of dental implant treatment will depend on the number of missing teeth, type of restoration, and pretreatment. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and good oral health. In all cases, dental implants require the appropriate care to last a lifetime.

We recommend dental implants for patients in good health who have missing teeth and no other oral health issue. However, we can provide treatment before oral surgery to ensure patients are good candidates for dental implants.

We recommend bone grafting if you have lost natural jaw bone tissue after losing your permanent teeth. Jaw bone loss is a common problem after you lose permanent teeth. Dental implants require enough jaw bone for support. We can provide donor bone or use bone from another part of your mouth if you need more healthy jaw bone.

In addition, we can provide gum disease treatment or cavity treatment to improve your oral health. You must be in good oral health before implant treatment to prevent implant failure. 

We will take digital X-rays to determine if you require pretreatment. These X-rays also help determine where to place your dental implants. Once you are healthy, we will begin treatment. 

Dental Implants in San Antonio, TX

Our dental implants are so well-designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Dental implants consist of synthetic and biocompatible materials. These materials easily fuse with the jaw bone to replace missing teeth at the root.

To begin treatment, the oral surgeon will numb your mouth before we place the implant post or posts to ensure your comfort. Then, the surgeon will insert the implants into your jaw bone.

The bone tissue will anchor to the implant post over three to six months following implant surgery. The jaw bone will grow around the dental implants during healing, ensuring their stability.

During a follow-up procedure, we will attach a metal abutment to connect the restoration to the implant posts. Finally, we will place the final restoration. We take impressions of your mouth for a custom fit. Our office sends these impressions to a dental lab where they will create the final prosthetic.

In the lab, technicians can create dental crowns, bridges, or dentures from high-quality and strong compounds. They will also color-match your restoration so it looks natural and blends in with the rest of your teeth.

Dental Implants: Post-Op Care

After treatment, we will recommend antibiotics to prevent infection. We will also prescribe pain medication so you feel comfortable as you heal. You should eat a soft diet 24 to 48 hours after treatment.

Implants can fail because of tobacco use or infection. As you heal, we recommend that you avoid smoking and using tobacco products. The nicotine in tobacco restricts the blood vessels. If there is not enough blood flow to the implant sites, it will take longer for your mouth to heal.

Additionally, peri-implantitis is an infection you can develop after you receive your final restoration. Even if you successfully receive them, an infection can loosen your implant posts. This is why you must clean your mouth after treatment.

You can clean implant-supported restorations like natural teeth. Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Some patients may find it simpler to floss with water flossers. However, you can still use threaded floss to clean between your restorations.

Continue to schedule regular dental appointments in our office. We will examine your restoration and ensure any remaining teeth are healthy. Contact our office if you notice a change in the fit or feel of your restoration.

What are Full Mouth Dental Implants?

Full mouth dental implants replace all of your missing teeth. An implant-supported denture can replace the upper and lower teeth. While removable dentures improve the smile’s appearance, they cannot offer the full support of implant-supported dentures. Removable dentures can slip, injure your gums, and lead to jaw bone loss.

However, we do not need to replace every missing tooth with an implant. We can secure an entire arch of missing teeth with as few as four dental implants with the All-on-Four procedure.

What is “Teeth-in-a-Day”?

Teeth-in-a-Day refers to getting a dental restoration the same day as implant treatment. We work with oral surgeons who can remove problem teeth, place implants, and place a temporary restoration in one visit. While Teeth-in-a-Day does not mean you receive your final restoration, it ensures you are not without teeth.

You do not need to hide your smile as you heal from implant surgery either. Instead, you can smile with confidence around others after a Teeth-in-a-Day procedure.

Request A dental Implant Consultation

Do you need to replace one or more lost teeth? Ask us about dental implants in San Antonio, TX, today. Call Smile Land Family Dental at 210-939-9689. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Abazid online. 

Our office provides dental treatment to patients in the Dreamhill Estates, Apple Creek, and Oak Hills communities. Please let us know if you have further questions or concerns about dental implants. We will help you determine if dental implants are right for you.