Dental Implants & Implant-Supported Restorations

Even though tooth loss can start as a difficult journey, it doesn’t have to end that way. You can achieve a spectacular, natural-looking, and fully functioning smile by working closely with a professional dental implant dentist.

Dr. Nikhaar Keshwani of Babcock Family Dental in San Antonio, TX, can help you transform your smile and help you regain confidence via restorative dental treatments, like dental implant-supported restorations.

Dental Implants Defined

Technically, dental implants are medical devices that act as artificial tooth roots. Dr. Keshwani surgically installs dental implants into the jaw to hold a dental prosthesis (like a dental crown) in place.

Implant-Supported Restorations Defined

Although many people refer to “dental implants” as the entire prosthetic device, this is a common misconception. The dental implant is simply the screw-like device, and a dental implant-supported restoration is the false teeth themselves. Don’t get us wrong. Both parts (along with a connecting abutment) are all essential structures in this restorative dentistry procedure.

What makes dental implants unique?

When teeth are removed from the socket, the tooth roots go with them. Dental implant-supported restorations are the only type of dental restoration that serve as a substitute for a tooth root. Aside from appearing natural, implant-supported restorations are incredibly durable and can prevent bone loss.

Many people have fallen in love with their dental implant-supported restorations because they can:

  • Reliably replace one or multiple natural teeth
  • Preserve jawbone and facial structure
  • Be taken care of and treated much like natural teeth
  • Feel comfortable
  • Protect gum health
  • Serves as a long-lasting solution

Signs You Qualify for Dental Implants

Because dental implants are a complex procedure, they might not be for everyone. When looking for dental implant candidates, Dr. Keshwani is looking for indications of:

  • Missing teeth
  • Good oral hygiene
  • Solid bone density
  • Overall excellent oral and general wellness
  • Not suffering from bruxism habits

Still, don’t let these qualifying factors discourage you from asking about dental implants. Dr. Keshwani can devise a customized treatment plan to get the vital dental work you need.

What to Expect When Getting Dental Implants

Obtaining dental implants is a multi-step process and can take months to complete. As far as timelines go, this is generally what you can expect:

  • Initial consultation: Dr. Keshwani will discuss your oral health goals, establish candidacy, and create a treatment plan based on your needs.
  • Preliminary procedures: In some cases, preliminary procedures are necessary for dental implant candidacy. For instance, if you have an inadequate jawbone to support a dental implant, you must receive a bone graft before our restorative dentist can install a dental implant.
  • Dental implant surgery: Dr. Keshwani meticulously inserts the dental implant in the jawbone.
  • Healing Period: Dental implants fuse directly with the jawbone over a few months through a process known as osseointegration.
  • Abutment placement and final restoration: After the dental implant fuses with the jawbone, Dr. Keshwani can attach the abutment and final restoration.

Book a Dental Implant Consultation in San Antonio, TX

The only sure way to determine if dental implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation.  Call 210-732-3333 or message us online to schedule a dental implant consultation at Babcock Family Dental. Here, Dr. Keshwani and her friendly team can give detailed recommendations of the best restorative dental options for your smile.