Dental Implants San Antonio
Dental implants have become the most effective means of tooth replacement. In San Antonio, TX, today’s dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Since the process became formalized some two decades ago, it has proven to be enormously successful when the proper guidelines are followed.
An implant begins with a titanium receptacle (screw) that is placed into the jawbone through surgical means. Once anchored it fuses to the bone (osseointegration) and in essence becomes a artificial root. An abutment fits over the implant on which the artificial tooth is affixed.
Advantages of Implants
An implant is not only for replacing individual missing teeth but offers a solution for multiple teeth or even all of them. The embedded artificial root can act as an anchor that is distinct from conventional bridges and dentures thus providing a stronger and more stable foundation.
A further advantage is that an implant aids in strengthening the jaw by mitigating bone shrinkage known as bone resorption and, in so doing, improves the facial profile including the jaw line.
Rather than the negative effects from missing teeth on what you can eat, dental implants reverse those aversions since they have the strength of natural teeth.
Excluding children, the primary consideration for successful implants are existing medical conditions and to a certain extent the health habits of the patient. Through an examination and consultation, Dr. Spalten can determine if dental implants have a sufficient basis for long term success.
To make an appointment at our office in San Antonio, TX, call Dental Professionals of San Antonio today at 210-805-8446.