Losing a permanent tooth can dramatically impact your quality of life. It changes how you look, what you can eat, and how you talk. As a result, missing teeth can lead to decreased social participation, malnutrition, anxiety, and depression. Thankfully, there are tooth replacement options.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution that look and feel like natural teeth! They are made of a titanium implant base and an accompanying restoration (a crown, bridge, or denture).
The Dental Implant Process
The first step is to make sure you are eligible for dental implants. You’ll need healthy gums and sufficient jawbone density, as well as good overall health. If you use tobacco or have a condition like gum disease or diabetes, dental implants may not work for you because the healing process is more challenging. If you are healthy and can commit to excellent oral health habits, we can move forward with the surgery. As you heal, your jawbone will fuse with the implants, after which we can top the implant with your chosen restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants are the most natural-looking and natural-feeling tooth replacement. Your jaw’s strength and structure are preserved because the implant allows for chewing forces to be transferred from your teeth to the bone. Additionally, maintenance is simple since you care for an implant by keeping your mouth healthy. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, floss every day, consume a balanced diet, avoid tobacco products, and visit South Texas Smiles every six months for checkups and cleanings.
Tooth Replacement at South Texas Smiles
Whether you’re missing a single tooth, many teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants could be the right solution to restore your confidence, your smile, and your chewing function. Schedule a consultation at South Texas Smiles to see if you’re a good candidate! Our team will thoroughly go over your smile goals, budget, and the dental implant process so you won’t deal with any surprises down the road.Contact Us