Dental Implants: Why They Are the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth

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If you have one or more missing teeth or need to have a damaged tooth removed, consider dental implants. This permanent, natural-looking solution functions just like healthy, natural teeth.

Some 120 million people in the United States have lost at least one adult tooth, and those numbers are on the rise. Whether you’re missing a tooth due to an illness or an accident or have a damaged tooth that needs to be removed, little compares to dental implants for restoring a healthy-looking smile and normally functioning teeth.

Experienced dentist Dr. Prathima Rasamsetty and her team at Preva Dental in San Antonio, Texas, specializes in dental implants for one or more missing teeth. Here, we explore the advantages of these devices and signs you may be a good candidate. 

How dental implants work

For many years, the only available options for tooth replacement were bridges and dentures. While these devices work quite well for some people, many patients and dentists alike consider dental implants superior. 

The actual implant is a post made of titanium, which replaces a tooth’s root, connects to your jawbone, and upholds a crown. The crown, which is secured on top, looks just like a natural tooth. Together, they function just like your natural teeth. 

Advantages of dental implants

Dental implants provide a range of benefits that make them a potentially superior choice for tooth replacement. They not only look and function like healthy, natural teeth, but they’re incredibly durable and strong. And because they connect to your jawbone, they promote dental health by preventing bone loss commonly associated with a missing tooth.

Additional benefits you can expect include:

  • An easy time eating and speaking clearly
  • Boosted self-confidence about your smile
  • No insecurity or hassle related to poorly fit dentures
  • No damage to surrounding teeth
  • No removal needed for cleaning

In other words, dental implants are convenient, comfortable, and durable, with a high success rate of up to 98%. Dental implants are also long lasting. With proper care like proper brushing and flossing, they often last indefinitely.

What to expect during the implant process

The dental implants process starts with a comprehensive exam and X-rays of your mouth, to determine the best placement. Your provider will also assess the strength of your jawbone, to see if bone-grafting may be recommended before completing your procedure. 

From there, Dr. Rasamsetty surgically places the implant, which will fuse together with your jawbone over the next couple of months. After the implant is placed, your custom-made crown will be securely placed. 

Once your implant and permanent crown are secured, there’s no need for special care. You’ll simply brush and floss well daily and schedule routine cleanings and exams as usual. 

To learn more about dental implants or get started with the care you need, call Preva Dental at 210-674-5370 or request an appointment through our website today.