Dental Implants In Cibolo
Dental implants are one of the most revolutionary advancements in dentistry. These dental prostheses make it possible for patients suffering from tooth loss to replace a missing tooth permanently, while preventing bone loss and other common issues. Dr. Patel of Cibolo Family Smiles is meticulous and he will work tirelessly to ensure that your implant restoration looks and feels completely natural.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Since implants are surgically placed and require the proper healing of your gums and jaw bone, candidates for treatment must meet certain criteria:
- Your mouth must be relatively healthy and you must have adequate gum tissue and jaw bone to support a dental implant
- If your jaw bone has been weakened due to bone resorption, you may require a preparatory bone graft or a sinus lift to add more bone to the implant site
- Non-smokers are better candidates for implants because smoking dramatically increases the risk of complications during the healing process
- Implant treatment requires multiple appointments over a period of at least 3-6 months, so candidates must be patient and willing to invest time in their dental health
Understanding The Implant Process
Consult with Dr. Patel: During your consultation, Dr. Patel will examine your mouth, take x-rays, and ensure that you’re a good candidate for an implant. We’ll also take an impression of your mouth to prepare your future tooth.
Implant placement: Your placement appointment will involve surgically inserting the implant into your gums. This implant will eventually function as an artificial tooth root once your gums heal.
Restoration placement: A restoration is a dental prosthetic that is created to look just like a natural tooth. This can be a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on your specific needs. During this visit, Dr. Patel will attach your custom restoration to your implant and give you a beautiful, natural-looking replacement tooth.
Single Tooth And Full Arch Restorations
Single-tooth restorations use a single dental implant and dental crown that function together as a false tooth. After the implant has healed, a crown is manufactured to match your surrounding teeth, and bonded into place permanently. Full-arch restorations, such as fixed dental bridges and implant-supported dentures, use a series of 4-6 implants per arch to replace all of your teeth and permanently restore your smile.
What Are My Other Options?
Dental implants are a permanent replacement option that require invasive surgery. For patients looking for less extensive treatment or removeable options, dental bridges or partial dentures are a good alternative. During your consultation, Dr. Patel will go over all of your restorative options, your needs and preferences, and your budget to help you choose the treatment that works best for you and your smile.