Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Gonzales

Replacing Missing Teeth with Implants

Dental implants serve as a foundation for replacement teeth when a patient is missing one or more natural teeth. Although the term “implant” is often used interchangeably when discussing replacement teeth, the actual dental implant is the base that anchors the replacement teeth in the jaw. 

If you are interested in dental implants, or if a dentist has recommended that you receive a dental implant, reach out to Gonzales Dental today. Our knowledgeable dental professionals can provide personalized recommendations following a routine examination. During this exam, we’ll carefully assess your existing teeth and determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant. We may also recommend alternative options for replacing missing teeth, including dental bridges or partial dentures.

Contact us to learn more about our dental implants for patients in Gonzales and the nearby areas; call (830) 971-0268 to get started!

What Are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are very small posts made from titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once set, the titanium posts bond with the bone, resulting in a very strong foundation for replacement teeth. After the metal implants have been placed, small posts are anchored to the implant. These posts stick up through the gums and act as a foundation for artificial teeth replacements. 

Essentially, dental implants serve as substitutes for natural teeth roots. Many people have discovered the benefits of dental implants, including dramatically improved comfort and confidence. Below the surface, dental implants also work to stop bone deterioration and preserve facial structure, among numerous other benefits. 

How Do Dental Implants Work? 

Dental implants must be surgically placed. Before undergoing this procedure, we recommend that you receive a comprehensive dental examination. During this exam, we will take x-rays, thoroughly examine your teeth, and conduct a consultation during which we will ask about your health history, your dental goals, and other relevant information. 

We also encourage you to ask any questions you may have, as well as bring up concerns regarding the procedure, the benefits of implants, alternative options, and more. At Gonzales Dental, we want to provide you with everything you need to make an informed, empowered choice about your health.

Most of the time, placing dental implants involves two separate procedures: 

  • First, the dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone. Following this procedure, you will wait for a period of three to six months while the implants gradually bond with the bone. During this time, you may be able to use temporary dentures, and you should be able to consume a diet of soft foods. 
  • Once the implant has successfully bonded with the jawbone, the next procedure can take place. This involves uncovering the implants and connecting small attachments, or posts. An impression will also be taken, which will be used to make your artificial teeth. These artificial teeth will be placed over the attachments/posts. 

The process of receiving dental implants and artificial teeth takes about six to eight months from start to finish. During this time, you should experience minimal—if any—disruption to your everyday life.

Our team at Gonzales Dental can provide a more detailed, personalized idea of what you can expect from the procedure, as well as what recovery will be like. We invite you to contact us today to ask about our dental implants in Gonzales and the surrounding areas. 

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants? 

Dental implants offer many benefits. They can help you rediscover your confidence in the way you smile, speak, talk, laugh, eat, and enjoy your life. Plus, they can significantly improve your underlying oral health and help prevent problems before they start. 

Some of the many benefits of dental implants include: 

  • Prevent additional tooth loss 
  • Counteract jawbone deterioration 
  • Decrease the risk of cavities 
  • Fix various speech problems
  • Resolve issues with bite and misalignment
  • Improve nutrition
  • Retain more of your natural teeth (as opposed to dental bridges
  • Boost your confidence and self-esteem 

At Gonzales Dental, we want to help you get your best, brightest smile. If you, like many people, are considering dental implants for missing teeth, we encourage you to get in touch with our team to learn how our Gonzales dental implant procedure can change your life.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants? 

  • Have healthy gums and teeth: Candidates for dental implants should have healthy gums and teeth, with no active gum disease or tooth decay.
  • Have enough bone density in the jaw: Dental implants require a certain amount of bone density in the jaw to support the implant post. 
  • Be a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking: Smoking can increase the risk of implant failure and can impair the healing process. 
  • Have good overall health: Candidates should be in good overall health, with no medical conditions that could impair the healing process or increase the risk of complications.

It's important to discuss your individual case with our Gonzales dental implant specialist to determine if you are a good candidate. We can answer any questions you have as well.   

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