implant dentist San AntonioImplant dentistry is one of the most revolutionary methods for replacing lost teeth. Using dental implants to anchor restorations and prosthetics is a great way to restore oral function because all a tooth’s missing structure is replaced – including its roots. Since this tooth replacement method is relatively new to the general public, many people undergoing treatment have questions about this procedure.

One thing many people inquire about is when they can resume normal activities after receiving a dental implant. Since everyone’s situation is unique, our implant dentist will likely determine when it is best to return to work or school based on your line of work and how you are responding to treatment. Most people return to work relatively quickly, however.

What does placing an implant entail?

Placing a dental implant is a minor oral surgery. Essentially, the dental implant is embedded into the jawbone. The narrower end of the implant is the end placed in the jawbone initially. As it is embedded deeper, the wider end of the dental implant will jut out above the gums. The wider end of the implant features an abutment, which is used to fasten restorations and prosthetics.

Some folks can receive dental implants with local anesthetics and nitrous oxide while others might require more potent medications to ensure comfort.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

There are very interesting benefits associated with choosing dental implants to replace lost teeth. A dental implant is the closest prosthetic available to functioning like a biological tooth’s root. One unique advantage to dental implants is the fact that the implant itself will keep bone active and stimulated, therefore preventing bone atrophy. A second benefit to dental implants is their incredibly long lifespan. Dental implants can last for decades, if not a lifetime. Implants are easy to care for, too. They are brushed and floss just as natural teeth are brushed and flossed.

Who should visit an implant dentist?

If you have lost one or more teeth, visiting a dentist for a dental implants consultation is a good idea. Candidates for dental implants typically have no history of gum disease, do not smoke, and are committed to maintaining good oral health.

Contact our office today if you have questions about implant dentistry.