Getting the Right Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Are you thinking about getting dental implants? This popular tooth replacement option can restore your smile and improve your quality of life. Before making a decision, it’s important to understand the factors that can influence your suitability for implants and the success of the procedure. We’re happy to help you get the right dental implants!

Call us today at 210-529-8752 to schedule a consultation in San Antonio, TX. In the meantime, check out some information you will need as you consider your options.  

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether implants are right for you, all of which will be covered during your initial evaluation. 

First, Your general health condition plays a crucial role in the success of dental implants. So your dentist will review your medical history with you. Conditions like diabetes or autoimmune disorders may affect healing and integration of the implant. Other factors to consider include:

  • Oral Health – The state of your gums and remaining teeth is vital. Healthy gums and adequate bone density in your jaw are necessary to support implants. Your dentist may recommend gum disease treatment to restore your gum health. Or they may suggest a treatment such as a bone graft to strengthen the bone in your jaw. 
  • Smoking Habits – Smoking can significantly impact the healing process and long-term success of implants. If you smoke, your dentist may recommend quitting or at least reducing before the procedure.
  • Age – While there’s no upper age limit for implants, younger patients may need to wait until their jaw has fully developed.
  • Commitment to Oral Hygiene – Implants require diligent care. You must be willing to maintain excellent oral hygiene to ensure their longevity. You’ll need to plan to brush and floss daily and visit us for an exam and cleaning at least twice a year. During your exams, your dentist will check to ensure that your implants are in good condition. 
  • Lifestyle – Certain habits or occupations that put excessive stress on your teeth may influence the type of implant recommended.

Choosing the Right Type of Implant

Once you’ve determined that implants are right for you, the next step is choosing the most suitable type. Your options include:

  • Implant Crown – This is ideal for replacing a single tooth. It is minimally invasive and preserves your adjacent teeth.
  • Implant Bridge – This works well for replacing multiple adjacent teeth. It is more stable than a traditional bridge, and it helps preserve your jawbone. While it’s more expensive than a single implant, it can be cost-effective for multiple teeth.
  • Implant Dentures – You can replace all the teeth in an arch with implant dentures. They offer more stability than traditional dentures, along with improved chewing ability. You can choose either removable dentures or teeth that stay fixed in place. 
  • All-on-4 Implants – This treatment involves a special implant placement technique that uses just four implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth. If you’ve lost bone density in your jaw, you may be able to avoid a procedure like a graft by getting an All-on-4. It’s sometimes possible to get implants and new teeth in a single visit – though a follow-up to get a more permanent set of teeth will be needed after your implants completely heal. 

Among the key factors you and your dentist will consider when determining which kind of dental implants you will receive:

  • Number of Missing Teeth – This is often the primary factor in determining the most suitable implant type.
  • Bone Density – If you have low bone density, options like All-on-4 might be more suitable than individual implants.
  • Budget – While implants are an investment in your oral health, budget constraints may influence your choice. Our team can discuss financing options with you.
  • Timeline – Some options, like All-on-4, offer faster results than traditional implant methods.
  • Personal Preference – Your comfort level with removable vs. fixed options can guide your decision.

Remember, the best choice for you will depend on your individual circumstances. Our experienced team can provide a thorough evaluation and discuss all options to help you make an informed decision.

Would you like to schedule a consultation to explore which implant option might be best for you? Call Leon Springs Family Dentist today at 210-529-8752 to schedule one. Or schedule online