Dental Implants – San Antonio, TX
The Gold Standard of Tooth Replacement
Dental implants have completely transformed the world of tooth replacement, allowing patients to regain a complete, strong smile that’s virtually indistinguishable from the one they lost. The secret is their structure – instead of restoring just the crown (the white portion on top of the gum line) of the tooth, implants replicate the tooth root as well as allowing patients to maintain better oral health in addition to a functional, naturally beautiful appearance. To experience the joys of having your smile fully restored, contact us in San Antonio to speak with one of our team members to schedule a visit with either Dr. Troy Jones or Dr. George Knight!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Hands down, the dental implant process stands in a class of its own when it comes to benefits. As previously mentioned, it addresses the problem of a missing tooth at the core of the issue: the tooth root, which is a perk that no other form of tooth replacement provides.
When you undergo the implant process from either Dr. Jones or Dr. Knight, a cylinder-shaped titanium post will be surgically inserted into your jawbone. Then, as the treatment area heals, the new fixture will fuse with the existing bone through a process called osseointegration. The result will be a sturdy and lasting foundation, but there are yet more advantages:
- With proper care, a dental implant can last 30 years or more.
- By being inserted into the jawbone, the dental implant helps to prevent bone loss.
- Restored dental implants can be treated like natural teeth, which means you can maintain a normal diet and your usual oral hygiene regimen.
Indications for Dental Implants
The dental implant procedure has a 95% success rate, and that can greatly be attributed to the careful approach that is taken to the process. At Jones & Knight DDS, we’ll perform a thorough examination before any work commences to make sure a dental implant is right for you.
We’ll check to make sure you have sufficient oral health and enough healthy jawbone to contribute to a successful procedure. As long as these primary stipulations are met, the dental implant process is a viable option for any patient 17 years of age or older with missing teeth. Depending on how many teeth are missing, there are three main replacement options.
Missing Single Tooth
To replace a single tooth, Dr. Jones or Dr. Knight will carefully insert the dental implant. Afterwards, you’ll be allowed time to heal sufficiently. Later, we’ll invite you back to one of our San Antonio offices to have a titanium abutment added, an asset that also plays a critical role in the process by allowing a final restoration to be attached in a secure yet aesthetically pleasing way.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For multiple missing teeth, we can either place an implant-retained partial denture or bridge. By relying on a dental implant for stability and security instead of the surrounding teeth, both methods provide a way to have your smile restored in the most functional and aesthetically-pleasing way possible.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re missing a full set of teeth, then we also offer an implant-retained full denture. Dr. Jones or Dr. Knight will place four-to-six implants along each arch in a strategic manner to ensure the most secure yet least invasive placement process possible.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Trying to decide which tooth replacement solution is right for you? Between dental implants, dentures and bridges, it can feel like a lot to consider. Don’t worry – we are here to help! One major concern that almost every patient shares is the cost of treatment. Fortunately, our dentists have broken the different factors that contribute to the overall dental implant cost in San Antonio. Click through to learn how dental implants can be a wise investment for you!
The first step is for you to reach out to us to request your initial visit today!
Dental Implant FAQs
Are you still wondering whether or not dental implants in San Antonio are the right restorative choice for you? With a 95 percent success rate, this procedure can improve a patient’s quality of life and offer numerous benefits they aren’t able to get with traditional options. We don’t want you to miss out, so we’ve compiled some common questions we get below so you can feel comfortable in starting your implant journey.
Are dental implants safe?
At Jones & Knight, DDS, we utilize the latest techniques and technology in dentistry to place dental implants. Over the years, this procedure has been perfected and researched to be as safe and successful as it is today. In fact, that’s why before you get implants, we require a consultation. This way, we can make sure that you’re a good candidate for the procedure and that you receive any necessary preparatory treatment beforehand.
How long do dental implants last?
When you properly care for your dental implants by brushing twice each day for at least two minutes, flossing daily, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, your restorations can last for over three decades. The key is good oral hygiene and routine checkups and cleanings with Dr. Jones or Dr. Knight every six months.
Do I need a bone graft?
When you visit us for your consultation, we’ll let you know if you need any preparatory procedures such as bone grafting, tooth extraction, or gum disease therapy beforehand. If you do need grafting, it’s to restore your jawbone density due to deterioration. This will ensure the success of your implants and reduce the risk of failure by creating a strong and durable foundation for your new teeth.
How long does the process take?
The process of getting dental implants varies drastically from patient to patient depending on a variety of different variables. If you need a bone graft, this will add a couple of months of healing time onto your timeline. After that, we can schedule your implant surgery. Typically, it takes your gums a few months to heal and for your implants to fuse with your jawbone. Next, your abutments will be placed, which are connector pieces that will secure your custom restorations in your mouth. After that, we’ll be able to attach your denture, crown, or bridge to complete your improved smile.
So, to answer the question, these procedures usually take course over several months. Patients will agree that the patience and waiting are well worth the results, though! To find out what your unique treatment timeline will look like, schedule a consultation by contacting us today!
If I smoke, can I still get implants?
Even if you smoke, you may still be a candidate for dental implants. However, it’s important to know that this puts you at a higher risk for implant failure. Why’s that? Because smoking can affect your mouth’s ability to heal properly after surgery. The best option is to consider quitting smoking or speak to Dr. Jones or Dr. Knight about the impact that this bad oral habit can have on your new oral investment.