dental-implants-san-antonio-txWe invite you to regain a strong, stable, and attractive smile with dental implants from Aesthetic Dental Partners. Dr. Huriega offers dental implant restorations to eliminate the problems caused by missing teeth and help patients discover the joy of smiling.

Tooth loss is much more problematic than just the aesthetics involved. Although appearance is important, when one or more permanent teeth are lost, eating, speaking, and smiling are challenged. With dental implants, all of those issues are corrected as if tooth loss had never occurred.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small post made of surgical-grade titanium that functions as a new tooth root when placed in the jawbone. Dental implants hold in place individual implant crowns to replace single missing teeth and dentures and bridges to replace multiple teeth. With All-on-4 dental implants, you’ll receive custom-made replacement teeth the same day as your implant surgery.

A dental implant is a very small apparatus most often made from titanium. The reason this metal is chosen is for its unique property of fusing to bone. The device is surgically implanted in gum tissue where tooth loss was sustained. The dental implant will fuse to existing bone during the healing period typically ranging from four to six months.

This little implant will become the base of the restoration that will cover it. Once the implant has fused with jaw bone, it will provide strength and stability for the tooth much like the root of a biological tooth.

What does the process involve?

An oral surgeon or other specialist will perform the short, comfortable surgery to place the implant posts in your jawbone. Following a healing period in which your jawbone fully bonds with the posts, Dr. Huriega will attach your custom-made replacement teeth to revitalize your smile.

The short, comfortable surgery to place the implant posts is in your jawbone. Following a healing period in which your jawbone fully bonds with the posts, Dr. Huriega will attach your custom-made replacement teeth to revitalize your smile.

Following surgery, you will have regular dental appointments to make sure everything is on track and healing well. Once healed, a final restoration will be fabricated that will so closely match your surrounding natural teeth, no one will be able to tell which teeth are implants.

Caring for your dental implants is as easy as caring for your other teeth. Daily flossing and brushing; consistent appointments for a professional cleaning twice per year; and a dental exam at least once per year to closely monitor any potential issues and resolve them before they escalate.

Why choose dental implants?

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, stop the jawbone loss that occurs when natural teeth are missing, have a 95 to 98% success rate, and may last a lifetime with proper care.

When teeth are extracted, lost due to trauma, or for patients that are tired of constantly dealing with oral issues such as infections or decay; dental implants provides an answer with permanency, great function, and beautiful  appearance.

Another major advantage with dental implants is gum tissue will not shrink due to bone loss following the absence of a permanent tooth.

Eating, speaking, and smiling are restored for a lifetime with dental implants. Contact the office of Drs. Bonner and Huriega to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants. Contact us today to arrange your professional consultation today.

Articles addressing common questions about Dental Implants

Why is titanium used for dental implants?

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Smile Confidently with Dental Implants

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Why can’t children get dental implants?

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Will Dental Implants Affect the Natural, Adjacent Teeth?

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Is the Dental Implant Prone to Cavities or Gum Disease?

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Which Teeth Can Be Replaced By Dental Implants?

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Will Dental Implants Last a Lifetime?

Dental implants have been around a lot longer than most people think. However, the current treatment with a titanium implant is in its dental infancy having been around only for the last half century. However, if recent history is an indicator, dental implants that successfully become a permanent part of a patient’s dental anatomy stand…
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How Closely do Dental Implants Mimic a Natural Tooth?

As an adult, losing one of the permanent teeth we rely on for chewing, speaking clearly, and smiling with self-confidence can be devastating. The dental implants procedure is a means to restore the loss of one or more teeth, and is the closest thing to having your biological teeth back. When tooth loss occurs due…
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Dental Implants: Enjoy the health benefits of a complete smile

When a smile is incomplete due to missing teeth, it isn’t just the aesthetic appearance of the smile that is compromised.  Missing teeth can have a detrimental effect on the health of other teeth, and can potentially lead to further tooth loss. An implant dentist can help to prevent further tooth loss following the loss…
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