If you have one or several missing teeth and want a beautiful smile and better jaw function, look no further than AB Dental & Oral Surgery in San Antonio, Texas. Anthony D. Osei, DDS, PhD, replaces damaged and missing teeth with dental implants. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants, call today to schedule an appointment or book online.
Dental implants replace your lost teeth with a permanent fix and also benefit severely damaged teeth.
Dental implants anchor a titanium, metal, or zirconium post into your jaw's bone tissue. A component, known as an abutment, secures to the implant. Once fully healed, your dentist places your restoration on top, which might include a crown, bridge, or a partial or full denture to give you a seamless cosmetic solution.
You may be a prime candidate for dental implants if you’ve lost or damaged a tooth due to:
You also need to have enough bone tissue in your jaw to be considered for dental implants. Your dentist at AB Dental & Oral Surgery can determine whether you may need bone grafting surgery before an implant procedure.
First, your practitioner extracts and removes any signs of infection and irreparable teeth. This surgery usually takes about an hour. Additionally, during this time, bone grafting takes place if you require extra bone density. Before advancing to the next step, your tissues have to heal.
The second step consists of securing the dental implant itself into your jaw. This requires another quick surgical procedure to place the implant into the bone. You’re then fitted with a temporary crown to wear while your healing occurs, which can take several months.
Once you’re fully healed, the last step involves your dentist using molds of your teeth to provide permanent crowns that replace your temporary ones.
Adopting a comprehensive oral hygiene regimen is important to maximize your new implant’s longevity. Brushing and flossing twice daily reduces bacteria that stick between your teeth and contribute to gum disease. You should also schedule routine visits to your dentist at AB Dental & Oral Surgery to ensure optimal oral health.
To schedule your visit to the dentist, call the friendly office staff in San Antonio today or use the online scheduler to book online.