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Dental Implants Are A State-Of-The-Art Solution to Tooth Loss

Woman with beautiful healthy smileDecay, gum disease, traumatic injuries – there are multiple ways to lose one or more natural teeth, but patients are often left devastated regardless. Suddenly, it can be much more difficult to enjoy lots of life’s little pleasures, from eating a meal with family to smiling for a photo. If you’re ready to reclaim the strong, capable teeth you need to feel at 100% again, it’s time to consider dental implants. Implants are a modern tooth replacement solution that improves your oral health, blends in seamlessly with your smile, and lasts for many years to come.

At Legacy Dental SA, Dr. Sage will be happy to guide you through the process of replacing missing teeth with dental implants. By working with a surgical specialist and custom-designing new restorations that look just like the genuine article, our team can leave you feeling ready to smile again! Please contact our San Antonio practice today to get started. We welcome new patients from Castle Hills Forest and surrounding neighborhoods.

The Dental Implant Process

Animated dental implant supported crown

So what is the secret behind the success of dental implants? It’s simple – while more traditional tooth replacement options only bother with the crown of the tooth (the white portion that shows when you smile, implants replicate the root as well. Although the root is well-hidden underneath the gum line, it provides vital stimulation to the jawbone, and its loss can lead to dangerous deterioration. By having a new tooth root surgically inserted into place, patients can protect their oral health while also regaining a seamless replacement.

After your new implant(s) has been surgically placed and the mouth has healed, the restorations need to be created and placed over them to complete the patient’s new look. Dr. Sage offers multiple options that will depend on the extent of the tooth loss and the patient’s own choices. They include:

  • Implant-Retained Crowns – Metal-free crowns can cover individual implants to replace one tooth in a way that does not negatively affect the health of surrounding teeth.
  • Implant-Retained Bridges – Bridges are anchored in place with the help of implants on either side of the gap in order to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth.
  • Implant-Retained Prosthetics – These dentures can be fixed or removable in nature, and they’re designed to cover multiple implants for a more cost-effective replacement.

All-on-4 / Teeth-in-a-Day Cases

Model of All-on-4 denture

In addition to traditional implants, our team can also partner with surgical specialists in order to provide All-on-4 and Teeth-in-a-Day restorations as well. In these cases, both the implants and the restorations are placed on the same day in order to maximize convenience and prevent the patient from having to spend any time without a full set of functional teeth. The prosthetic is designed to restore a full arch of teeth, and they cover four implants that are strategically angled in the bone and gum tissue to support it as effectively as possible.