Need to replace a missing tooth, but you’re not sure which option is right for you? When it comes to tooth replacement, you’ve got no shortage of options here at The Masters Dental Group in San Antonio, Texas: conventional or partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants.
Our expert team can help you select the right option for you. For eligible candidates, dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. Here are some of the many reasons dental implants are so highly favored.
When you chew, the force of your bite is about 70 pounds per square inch, and when you clench your jaw, you may double that pressure. Although a dental implant isn’t your natural tooth, it’s designed to function similarly to your natural teeth.
Dental implants are surgically implanted into your jawbone, and the implant post fuses with the bone. This is why dental implants are so strong and sturdy, and that’s the kind of tooth replacement option you can feel confident with when you’re chewing down on your food.
Because we surgically place dental implants into your jawbone, they also help promote good jaw health. This is because the implant post stimulates your jawbone to keep growing.
When you’re missing a tooth, your jawbone is no longer stimulated at the point where that tooth’s root was, and the bone may start to deteriorate. This is called jawbone atrophy or osteonecrosis. Replacing a tooth with a dental implant prevents this problem.
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth, but they’re also very versatile. Each dental implant contains a titanium post, a crown that looks just like your other teeth, and an abutment to connect the crown to the implanted post.
You can have one single dental implant surgically implanted into your jaw to replace a single tooth. The Masters Dental Group providers can also use dental implants to support a dental bridge or dentures when you have multiple teeth missing.
The takeaway: Dental implants can be customized to fit your specific oral care needs.
Dentures are a common tooth replacement option, but they aren’t necessarily the easiest. Dentures require:
Dental implants are much easier to clean. Implants are permanent tooth replacements; you don’t remove them, and there’s no need for soaking, relining, or messy denture adhesive. Implants function just like your natural teeth, and you even clean them the same way, using a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste.
Dental implants are strong, stable, easy to clean, and, thankfully, they’re also aesthetically pleasing. Our team can customize the crown — the visible portion of your dental implant — to the shape, color, and size you need. Whether you’re missing one tooth or a whole row of teeth, your new dental implants blend in flawlessly with any remaining natural teeth you have.
Most importantly, dental implants restore full functionality to your mouth. This means that you can benefit from:
Are you ready to explore the benefits of dental implants for yourself? Give us a call at 210-349-4424 to request your next appointment.