Over one hundred million Americans are missing at least one tooth. This can have a detrimental effect on your self-confidence, your personal relationships, and your career. Sadly, people will often hide their smile or choose not to share it due to embarrassment.
If you want to eliminate the gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth, then dental implants may be right for you. Dr. Matthew Huff at Precision Dentistry & Implants in Kerrville, TX offers a variety of options to meet your needs.
What Are Dental Implants?
Natural-looking dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are surgically attached to your jaw, for a firm and comfortable fit. Dr. Huff will always try to save a damaged tooth. But when a patient’s tooth is missing or severely damaged, Dr. Huff will often recommend dental implants.
Dr. Huff uses the latest advancements in implant technology to provide you with the best possible care. That’s why we feature implants from Intra-Lock International® They’re scientifically engineered to encourage faster integration while preserving essential bone and soft tissue.
A dental implant is made up of three parts:
- Implant fixture – The implant fixture is a titanium structure that anchors the implant in place. The bones in your jaw will develop a secure attachment to the fixture through a process called osseointegration.
- Abutment – This is the middle section of the implant, connecting the implant fixture to the crown. It’s made of a durable material such as titanium, ceramic, or stainless steel.
- Crown – The porcelain crown is custom-made to match your smile. Your crown is strong, attractive, and it’s the only part of the implant that your friends will see.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Having missing teeth has many negative effects. The spaces in your smile can cause your other teeth to shift position, creating irritation that can lead to gum disease. Over time, your facial structure can change as well.
In addition to affecting your appearance, gaps from missing teeth can also affect the way you talk.
Reasons to get dental implants:
- Natural-looking teeth
- Improved Appearance
- Speak naturally
- Improved oral health
- Freedom to eat what you want
Dental implants are a natural-looking way to get your smile back. Dr. Huff has placed over 2,500 dental implants, so you know you can trust him with your smile. He’s ready to answer any questions you have about the implant process.
Types of Dental Implants
Here at Precision Dentistry & Implants, we offer dental implant solutions for patients who are looking to restore any number of missing teeth.
Single Tooth Implant
When only one tooth is being replaced, we use a single tooth implant restoration.
The first step of this procedure is surgically connecting the implant fixture to the patient’s jawbone. Once the implant fixture is placed, the patient will have to wait a few months for the bones in their jaw to develop a secure attachment to it.
As soon as you’re ready, you’ll return to our office so Dr. Huff can complete the process by attaching the abutment and crown to the implant fixture.
Dr. Huff will continue to monitor the status of your dental implant and he may ask you to return to our office for a follow-up appointment.
Dr. Huff can restore a full arch of missing teeth using just four to six dental implants. In fact, we’ll perform all the necessary surgical procedure in just one day.
That way, we can provide you with an attractive, fully functional temporary prosthetic to wear until you’re ready to receive your final restoration.
Once you’re completely healed from surgery, and the dental implants are fully integrated into your jawbone, you’ll come back to our office so Dr. Huff can complete the process by placing your permanent restoration.
We also feature a type of full-arch restoration called implant-supported dentures. A Full-Arch replacement is a great alternative to traditional dentures because they’re permanent and won’t shift around in your mouth.
Call today to schedule your free consultation.
Dental Implant FAQs
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime as long as you follow a proper oral care routine and have regular check-ups to our Kerrville office.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of your dental implant treatment will vary for each patient depending on how many implants are placed and if you require any supplemental procedures.
During your consultation, Dr. Huff will be able to provide you with a more accurate estimate of your overall treatment.
How do you take care of your dental implants after the procedure?
After Dr. Huff places your implants, stick to a soft food or liquid diet, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help with swelling, and take over-the-counter medications to help with the pain.
Once your initial healing period is complete, all you have to do to care for your dental implants is brush and floss as you do with your natural teeth.
Are dental implants safe?
Yes, dental implants are very safe since they’re made of a biocompatible material that naturally bonds with your jawbone and helps prevent bone loss.
Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?
Dental insurance doesn’t always cover the entire dental implant treatment but they may cover a portion of the costs. Be sure to discuss this with your insurance provider before you decide to move forward with treatment.
What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?
If you encounter a dental implant complication, you should give our Kerrville office a call immediately so Dr. Huff can get you in for a check-up.
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