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Restore Your Smile with Tooth Replacement Options at GPS Dental

At GPS Dental, we want to make sure our patients always have strong and healthy smiles. It’s so important to our daily lives that we can smile, eat, and talk with confidence.

If you’re missing teeth, those daily tasks can become a challenge; however, we can help you restore your smile. While keeping your natural teeth is always the number one option, sometimes replacement options are needed to restore and maintain a healthy smile. We can help you decide which of our tooth replacement options, implants, dentures, or implant-supported dentures, is best for you and your smile goals.

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Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants

Dental implants can fix multiple teeth, a single tooth, or a full set of teeth – so the options are plenty, making dental implants a popular option for replacement. Implants require three major steps to consider and can take a series of visits to our office to fully complete the process:

  1. Surgical implant placement
  2. Healing from the surgical placement of the implant(s)/temporary teeth placement
  3. Replacement of any missing teeth with crowns

While the process may sound extensive, the benefits of dental implants are many.

Benefits of Dental Implants:

  • Look and act like natural teeth
  • Durable, long-lasting
  • Feel strong and stable
  • Help preserve bone tissue and bone
  • Allow you to brush and floss normally

Learn More about Dental Implants HERE.

Restore Your Smile with Dentures

There are two major types of dentures:

  • partial dentures
  • complete removable dentures

The keyword being “removable“.

Unlike dental implants and implant-supported dentures, traditional partial or complete dentures are removable, not permanently implanted into your mouth. Dentures can be a quick, non-invasive, and more affordable fix to missing teeth.

If you’re experiencing tooth loss from gum disease, injury, or tooth decay, dentures can help your appearance and smile and also restore your ability to speak and eat.

Learn More about Dentures HERE.

Restore Your Smile with Implant-Supported Dentures

While implant-supported dentures are similar to traditional dentures, the difference lies in the use of implants for retention instead of adhesive. The implant can reduce the bulkiness of traditional dentures and give more space for the tongue.

This means that the ability to taste food with dentures will be greatly enhanced. They’re also sturdier and there’s no need for any adhesive at any time because the dentures are so well supported by the implants. This helps preserve bone, tissue, and muscle tone in the face as well to maintain a more youthful appearance.

Learn More about Implant Supported Dentures HERE.

GPS Dental Can Restore Your Smile and Your Confidence

If you’re not sure which tooth replacement option is best to restore your smile: dental implants, dentures, or implant-supported dentures, schedule your Smile Consultation appointment with Dr. Skrobanek and his expert team in San Antonio, Texas. There is not a one size fits all treatment plan when it comes to tooth replacement, after a thorough exam and a discussion about your smile goals, we will create a customized treatment plan for your individual needs to restore your smile and your confidence.

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek’s experienced and friendly team at GPS Dental offers family dentistry for all ages in San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we promote dental health awareness to our patients and provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implantssleep apneaTMJ / TMD Treatmentcosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at 210-633-3477 to make an appointment.

Dental Implant Guide: Tooth Replacement Option of 2022

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Your Dental Implant Guide in 2022

Humans have been creating new methods for replacing missing teeth since ancient civilizations. We’ve come a long way from swapping missing teeth with bits of bones and shells. In today’s age, dental implants are an extremely reliable and advanced method for replacing missing teeth. If you’ve considered restoring your full smile with dental implants, then this is the year to move forward! With such a high success rate, dental implants are becoming the first and most popular choice among patients and dentists alike. Let’s talk about why that is.

What are Dental Implants?

To break it down in our dental implant guide, dental implants are devices consisting of small posts made of titanium. These posts are substitutes for tooth roots and will connect to an abutment, which is built on top of the implant post. The abutment allows the artificial tooth to be connected to the implant post. So, three parts come together to create on naturally-looking, strong tooth.

Learn more about Dental Implants from The ADA HERE.

Advantages of Dental Implants

There is a lot to learn about dental implants – the process, how they’re maintained, advantages, healing time, etc. It’s important to make an informed decision if you’re considering dental implants in the near future. Here are some of the many advantages to take note of:

  • Dental implants fully restore a smile, replace any missing teeth
  • Dental implants can last 20 years or more
  • Supports facial structure
  • Look like your natural teeth
  • Easy to keep clean, less work than dentures
  • Not prone to cavities
  • Boost confidence
  • Benefits your oral health and overall health
  • More secure than dentures
  • Comfortable bite
  • Restore full function of the mouth

Candidates for Dental Implants

Now that you’ve learned about the many advantages dental implants can provide in our dental implant guide, you may be wondering if anyone can get them. For many patients, dental implants are the best option for smile reconstruction. To be considered a good candidate, you’ll need to have good overall health and a reasonably healthy mouth. You will need to have a jawbone that is strong enough to support the implants, and gums should be free of gum disease.

Keep reading to learn about the types of implants and associated risks. We also describe what to expect from dental implant surgery and how much the procedure may cost. What else to know.

The Process

First X-rays and impressions of your teeth will be made. Next, the implant will be placed. This is a surgical procedure where an anesthetic is given to eliminate pain. We will make a small incision in the gums to insert the implant into the jaw bone. This gives a sturdy post for the tooth to stay on. Once the implant is placed, the healing process begins so your implant can fully fuse to the jawbone.

After the healing process from the implants, an abutment (also known as a dental crown) is placed on the implant to prepare it for the false tooth. The abutment will support the new false tooth. Now, after that appointment, your false tooth can be placed (a custom crown) and your process is complete.

Learn more in this Dental Implant Guide

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GPS Dental Can Restore Your Smile and Your Confidence

After reading our dental implant guide, if you’re not sure which option, dental implant bridge or dentures to restore your missing tooth or missing teeth will be, schedule your Smile Consultation appointment with Dr. Skrobanek and his expert team in San Antonio, Texas. We treat each of our patients individually. We offer options for dental implants, bridge, or dentures … after a thorough exam and a discussion about your smile goals, we will create a customized treatment plan for your individual needs to restore your smile and your confidence.

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek’s experienced and friendly team at GPS Dental offers family dentistry for all ages in San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we promote dental health awareness to our patients and provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implantssleep apneaTMJ / TMD Treatmentcosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at 210-633-3477 to make an appointment.

Restore Your Missing Tooth: Dental Implant Bridge or Dentures

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When one of our patients comes in with a missing tooth, they typically have a lot of questions. So, we thought we’d try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions relating to dental implant bridge or dentures here.

Q. Why should I replace missing teeth?

A. Our patients always realize that a missing tooth affects their appearance; however, that’s not the only reason we should discuss tooth replacement options. Here are 3 main reasons:

  • Your appearance.
  • The gap left by a missing tooth can mean more strain is put on the teeth at either side.
  • A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes tooth decay and gum disease.

Q. What happens if I don’t replace my missing tooth quickly?

A. When a tooth is lost, the bone that used to support it disappears quickly. This leads to shifting teeth, tooth trauma and periodontal disease, aging of facial features and unnatural gums around a future tooth replacement, lack of bone support for future tooth replacement.

Q. How are missing teeth replaced?

A. This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are located in your mouth. The condition of the remaining teeth also affects the decision.

There are three main ways to replace missing teeth: dental implant bridge or dentures:

  1. Dental Implant: an artificial root is placed into the bone of the jaw and a crown or bridge is placed on top
  2. Fixed Bridge: prosthetic tooth that will be attached to the crowned teeth that surround the missing tooth
  3. Partial or Full Denture: removable false tooth (or teeth)

Let’s explain dental implant bridge or dentures in a little more depth …

Dental Implant

Dental implants act like artificial roots that can be permanently placed in the patient’s jaw bone. As the gum tissue and bone grow around the dental implant, they become a permanent anchor. A natural-looking porcelain crown will be made giving our patients a beautifully finished result that is attractive, yet helps to improve chewing, maintain bone and prevent teeth from changing positions. Dental implants can even prevent future problems with a patient’s bit.

Dental implants offer a permanent replacement for missing teeth and an effective solution that will look and feel as natural as your original teeth.

Fixed Bridge

What happens to a gap left behind in your mouth from a lost tooth? You can fill that gap with a fixed bridge. A fixed bridge is a prosthetic tooth that will be attached to the crowned teeth surrounding your missing tooth. Fixed bridges come in different styles, such as a surgically-implanted prosthetic, or a removable denture. No matter what you choose, your fixed bridge will fill the gap left behind from a missing tooth, as well as correct a misaligned bite and prevent your other teeth from changing position in your mouth. 

Partial or Full Denture

We fit dentures to replace all or some of the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw. Dentures improve your confidence when you smile, as well as the clarity of your speech and your ability to chew. Modern dentures provide a firm hold and natural appearance to ensure maximum comfort and function.

  • Partial Denture: This is a plate with one or more false teeth on it. It may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. Both types may have clips (clasps) to help keep the denture in place in your mouth. Depending on where they are, some of these clips may show when you smile or open your mouth.
  • Full Denture: Full dentures are a set of custom-made removable replacements for missing teeth. Usually, they require all of the teeth in the upper and/or lower half of the mouth to be removed; after removal, the gums must heal over before the dentures can be fitted.

Q. Why are dental implants so popular?

Aesthetically, they look just like a healthy tooth; but they also keep the jaw bone stable. If you leave a missing tooth and don’t replace it, over time the jaw bone will disappear. Of course, this can lead to functional problems. Not to mention an aesthetic problem with your face. Because the jaw bone is what supports your cheeks, so the loss of it can lead to small changes, such as deepening expression lines in the face, or ultimately having the look of a collapsed jaw, all causing you to take on a more aged appearance!

Dental implants allow you to be able to chew your food without issue, including fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. They are easier to care for too; dental implants can be cared for the same way as natural teeth, with a toothbrush and floss.

We’ve talked about a lot, but we haven’t mentioned the greatest, most life changing reason for tooth replacement with dental implants… Implants are a permanent solution!

How wonderful is this? Ask any patient that had conventional dentures and decided to have dental implants placed for better support and they will tell you it was the best decision they’ve ever made!!

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What is the process when getting a dental implant:

  • First, Dr. Skrobanek surgically places the implant into the jawbone. He may recommend a diet of cold foods and warm soup and soft foods during the healing process.
  • Second, the bone around the implant heals. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place and can take some time. Some patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit. While other patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant.
  • Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth.
    • For a single tooth implant, Dr. Skrobanek will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth.
    • If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants.
    • Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.

Q. What is a porcelain crown?

A. A dental crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. They are typically bonded to the tooth and can be made from many materials. It’s easier than you think to turn broken, cracked, or decaying teeth into healthy, clean-looking teeth. Dental crowns, also known as caps, correct your teeth and strengthen them by fitting tightly over your existing teeth. They will mask the appearance of broken or decaying teeth and protect them from becoming even more damaged. Once it’s set, it’s just like having natural teeth.

Q. Why are porcelain crowns used?

  • to improve the strength or appearance of teeth
  • for a tooth that is severely broken down, has cracks, or has had a root canal to reinforce the tooth
  • needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth

Dental crowns will allow your tooth to function normally again without worrying about the tooth cracking.

Q. Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?

A. You can have a bridge only if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dental team will help you decide which is the best way of replacing missing teeth.

Q. Can I have a bridge fitted immediately after having a tooth removed / extracted?

A. It can take up to 6 months for your gums to heal properly after an extraction. This means that you may need to have a temporary denture before the bridge is fitted.

Q. How do I care for my bridge?

A. You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot access this area.

Q. When are dentures the best option?

A. Dentures and partial dentures are removable appliances that replace teeth when implants and bridges are not an option. They can be supported by remaining healthy teeth, implants, or they can replace all teeth. We treat all of our denture patients like Cosmetic Smile Makeover patients because we are restoring a patient’s smile.

Related Article: Is Tooth Replacement with Dentures an Option for You?

Q. How are dentures made?

A. We start by taking a series of photographs of our patients face from many different angles. Then we take accurate impressions of the patient’s teeth and their current bite. After careful study and planning we turn our information over to our laboratory artist who will make a custom set of teeth that fit great and look real.

Q. How do I care for my denture?

  • Dentures may break if you drop them. Always clean your denture over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop it.
  • To clean your dentures, brush and soak them every day. Brush your dentures first, to help remove any bits of food. Use a non-abrasive denture cleaner, not toothpaste. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface.
  • Make sure you brush all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface that fits against your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.
  • Soak your dentures every day in a denture-cleaning solution. This will help remove any plaque and stubborn stains that are left. It will also help to disinfect your dentures, leaving them feeling fresher. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Don’t keep your dentures in overnight unless there are specific reasons for you to keep them in.
  • If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, have your denture cleaned by your dental team.

Q. Should I take my denture out at night?

A. Your dental team may recommend taking out your dentures at night to give your mouth a chance to rest. If you do this, it is important to leave it in water to prevent any warping or cracking.

Q. What is the alternative to a partial denture?

A. The main alternatives are a fixed bridge or a dental implant. A fixed bridge is made by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of the gap, and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the space. This is all made in the laboratory and then the pieces are cemented into place with special adhesives. The bridge can’t be removed.

Another option is an adhesive bridge. This has ‘wings’ that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth, with very little drilling needed.

Q. How do I choose the best tooth replacement option for me?

A. Be guided by your dentist. They will know the condition of your remaining teeth. Tooth replacement options include dental implant bridge or dentures – depending on the best option for your specific situation. Gone are the days of looking older than necessary because of a sagging jawline due to one or more missing teeth.

GPS Dental Can Restore Your Smile and Your Confidence

If you’re not sure which option, dental implant bridge or dentures to restore your missing tooth or missing teeth will be, schedule your Smile Consultation appointment with Dr. Skrobanek and his expert team in San Antonio, Texas. We treat each of our patients individually. We offer options for dental implant bridge or dentures … after a thorough exam and a discussion about your smile goals, we will create a customized treatment plan for your individual needs to restore your smile and your confidence.

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek’s experienced and friendly team at GPS Dental offers family dentistry for all ages in San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we promote dental health awareness to our patients and provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implantssleep apneaTMJ / TMD Treatmentcosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at 210-633-3477 to make an appointment.

Tooth Replacement: Choosing Between Dental Implants and Dentures

Choosing the right solution for your missing teeth can depend on multiple factors, and dentures and dental implants have their own advantages and disadvantages to also take into consideration. Missing teeth are unhealthy for your oral health and can also impact your self-esteem and your smile. That’s where tooth replacement options come in at GPS Dental. We offer both dental implant and denture options to restore a healthy, beautiful smile. The question is – which option is right for you? 

Related Article: Dentures vs. Implants: How to choose and why

Missing Teeth is Common 

Missing teeth are actually quite common today. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), Nearly 70% of adults aged 35 to 44 years have at least one missing tooth, and 1 in 4 people over the age of 74 are missing all of their teeth. Implant and denture procedures and technology have advanced incredibly over time. 

In fact, our forefathers, such as George Washington, would use a combination of rare hippopotamus ivory, human bone and metal fasteners to replace missing teeth. Today, our technology is much more advanced. Both dentures and dental implants serve the same function. They:

  • Improve speech
  • Support your facial muscles
  • Help you chew
  • Increase self-esteem 
  • Enhance your smile 

Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of dentures and dental implants. 

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Dental Implants

The AAID states that, “Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.” 

Read how dental implants are becoming increasingly popular.

Advantages:

  • Designed to function just like your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants cannot slip or fall out.
  • You won’t deal with bone loss or deterioration. 
  • Can eat all foods. 
  • A very long-lasting solution. 

Cons:

  • Cost – dental implants often cost more than dentures. 
  • Procedure/surgery – if you have multiple teeth missing, that could be multiple surgeries for the dental implants. You also have to have a healthy jaw to support the implants. 

Learn more about dental implant procedures according to The Mayo Clinic.

5 Signs You’re a Candidate for Dental Implants

Most people are great candidates for dental implants. There’s an estimated 125 million Americans that are missing one or more teeth, and if you’re one of them, it’s good to know if you’re eligible for a dental implant. Here are 5 signs of a good candidate.

  1. You have good oral hygiene.
  2. Your teeth and gums are in a good health condition.
  3. Your jaw has good bone density for the implants.
  4. You’re willing to stop smoking, or are a non-smoker.
  5. You have patience for the dental implant process, as it can sometimes take a bit of time to fully complete.

Related Article: FAQ: Dental Implants as a Tooth Replacement Option

Dentures

Dentures are removable sets of teeth that come in either full sets or partial sets. They stay in your mouth with an adhesive, and are often used for older patients, or patients who don’t have enough healthy teeth to support crowns/bridges. With so many advancements in denture dentistry, dentures look more natural than ever. 

Advantages:

  • Less expensive.
  • Restore your smile and support facial muscles.
  • Decrease the rate that oral bones will deteriorate. 
  • Removable for proper cleaning.
  • No surgery needed. 

Cons:

  • Can slip or move around.
  • You may have some restricted chewing capacity.
  • May need to be remade after time.

Denture Types Explained

Talking with your dentist is the key to finding out if tooth replacement with dentures is an option for you and if so, which denture option is best for you. 

Tooth Replacement with Dentures: Full Denture

A full denture will have teeth that are fixed to a plate, which then will sit over your gums and natural suction will keep it in place in the mouth. Each plate will be made with an acrylic material that is the same color as your gums, making it impossible to see the dentures when you smile. This creates an illusion of a perfect smile! 

Tooth Replacement with Dentures: Partial Denture

Partial dentures are made to go around any healthy teeth that remain. They clip onto any remaining teeth and are colored to match your gums as well. 

Learn All About Dentures from WebMD.

GPS Dental Can Restore Your Smile

To find out if you’re a dental implant candidate, call 210-633-3477 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Skrobanek. Our goal, at GPS Dental, is to make sure our patients have a healthy and beautiful smile and to achieve that result, it is important that our team partners with each patient. We look forward to helping you get the smile you deserve.

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek’s experienced and friendly team at GPS Dental offers affordable dental care for all ages in San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we promote dental health awareness to our patients and provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implantssleep apneaTMJ / TMD Treatmentcosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at 210-633-3477 to make an appointment.

Missing Tooth: Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Are you missing more than one tooth? You may be a great candidate for dental implants! Dental implants can fill in the gaps of missing teeth, can fully restore the look and feel of your smile, and are a great way to replace teeth. Missing teeth can do more than affect the look of your smile, but cause chewing disruptions and other oral health problems. Come visit us today to talk about dental implants!

Gum disease, tooth decay, injury, or a genetic condition can all cause a missing tooth. Regardless of the cause, dentures and dental implants can replace a lost tooth or multiple teeth. Learn more tooth replacement options HERE.

Learn More about Dental Implants from WebMD HERE.

5 Signs You’re a Candidate for Dental Implants

Most people are great candidates for dental implants. There’s an estimated 125 million Americans that are missing one or more teeth, and if you’re one of them, it’s good to know if you’re eligible for a dental implant. Here are 5 signs of a good candidate.

  1. You have good oral hygiene.
  2. Your teeth and gums are in a good health condition.
  3. Your jaw has good bone density for the implants.
  4. You’re willing to stop smoking, or are a non-smoker.
  5. You have patience for the dental implant process, as it can sometimes take a bit of time to fully complete.

Related Article: FAQ: Dental Implants as a Tooth Replacement Option

Most People are Good Candidates

Your dentist will first need to determine why you’re missing teeth. Your dentist will check the gums and the health of your mouth as well. Bone health will also be checked. If you have a strong jaw, then the implant will be supported well once it’s installed. Dental implants can be used in place of bridges or dentures and can replace just one tooth, or several teeth and have many advantages, such as:

  • The look and feel of natural teeth.
  • Durability.
  • High success rate.
  • Improve overall oral health.
  • Improves look of the jawline and protects facial bones.

Related Article: Dental Implant: 5 Facts About This Tooth Replacement Option

The Dental Implant Process

During dental implant surgery, a titanium post is placed into the socket of the missing tooth. The implant will heal and infuse with the bone and anchor to your jaw, making it secure. Then, once the post is bonded, a new component will be inserted and a crown will be placed to act as your new tooth.

Learn More about Dental Implants and the surgery HERE.

People at Risk

If you suffer from cancer, uncontrolled diabetes, smoking, alcoholism, or extreme gum disease, then you may not be a good candidate for a dental implant. These things can cause major risk factors for dental implants. However, dental implants are a case-by-case basis. Even if you’re suffering with a disease, you may still be able to get dental implants. We will work with your doctor to assess your situation and determine your candidacy.

Learn More about Dental Implants HERE.

GPS Dental Can Restore Your Smile

To find out if you’re a dental implant candidate, call 210-633-3477 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Skrobanek. Our goal, at GPS Dental, is to make sure our patients have a healthy and beautiful smile and to achieve that result, it is important that our team partners with each patient. We look forward to helping you get the smile you deserve.

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek’s experienced and friendly team at GPS Dental offers affordable dental care for all ages in San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we promote dental health awareness to our patients and provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implantssleep apneaTMJ / TMD Treatmentcosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at 210-633-3477 to make an appointment.

Tooth Replacement Options at GPS Dental: Dentures & Dental Implants

It’s easy to take our natural teeth for granted. We’re born with them, and we get used to their form and function. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by age 17, 7 percent of people in the United States have lost at least one permanent tooth because of decay. So, what happens when you lose a natural tooth? At GPS Dental, we offer two wonderful solutions to missing teeth; dental implants and dentures. Both options will restore the health and look of your smile!

Gum disease, tooth decay, injury, or a genetic condition can all cause a missing tooth. Regardless of the cause, dentures and dental implants can replace a lost tooth or multiple teeth. Learn more HERE.

Missing Tooth Replacement Options

According to The American Dental Association (ADA), missing teeth can have a great impact on your speech and function of your teeth and the surrounding teeth. Depending on the location of a lost tooth, chewing can become more difficult, and the look of your smile may be affected negatively. Let’s dive into the two most common tooth replacement options, both offered by Dr. Skrobanek at GPS Dental in San Antonio, TX.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an extremely common and effective tooth replacement option for a missing tooth. They also feel and look like a natural tooth and don’t require any extra tooth maintenance besides your daily oral health routine. Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots. Here’s how they work:

  • First, your dentist will need to assess the area where the tooth is missing. Impressions of your teeth and a CT scan may be necessary to scan the area and simulate the implant on a computer before the actual procedure. If your jawbone cannot support the artificial root, your dentist may add in a bone-like material before your dental implant can take place.
  • After everything is prepped and ready, your dentist will then place a titanium screw in your jaw. This screw is your root replacement. A cap is placed over the screw. Your jawbone will naturally grow around the screw and anchor it. The area will heal within the next several weeks.
  • Finally, your dentist will check to make sure the implant is secure and remove the screw cap. The screw cap will be replaced by a post. A dental crown will be cemented onto the post and your dental implant is complete.

Related Article: Dental Implant: 5 Facts about this Tooth Replacement Option

Learn more from WebMD about Dental Implants HERE.

Dentures

Dentures are a wonderful option for a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Complete dentures will replace all of your teeth, and partial dentures can replace some of your teeth. A partial denture will be removable and is often an inexpensive option.

  • Natural-looking teeth will be fitted to a pink base that looks like your gums.
  • Your natural teeth stabilize and hold the removable plastic base in place, although some dentures have a clasp that adjoins to natural teeth.

Related Article: Is Tooth Replacement with Dentures an Option for YOU?

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Dentures and Dental Implants: Which is Best for YOU?

Dr. Skrobanek and his team of experts will help guide you through the tooth replacement process, beginning with a consultation. Whether you are a candidate for dentures or dental implants, Dr. Skrobanek will explain your options and customize a treatment plan, based on your needs. Please call to schedule your consultation at GPS Dental and begin your journey to a healthy, beautiful smile.

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek’s experienced and friendly team at GPS Dental offers affordable dental care for all ages in San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we promote dental health awareness to our patients and provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implantssleep apneaTMJ / TMD Treatmentcosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at 210-633-3477 to make an appointment. 

Dental Implant: 5 Facts About this Tooth Replacement Option

 

A dental implant can do wonders for your smile, especially if you are self-conscious about any missing teeth.

Dental Implant: Overview

Simply put, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into your jaw to hold an implant (replacement tooth or bridge). The implant will match the surrounding teeth and blend into your smile seamlessly. 

Read more HERE about Dental Implant Procedure Information.

Dental Implant: The Facts

If you’re curious about dental implants as a tooth replacement option, these 5 facts will help you understand more about this procedure, including a bit of history you’ve probably never heard before. 

  1. Ancient Implants. Dental implants as we know them today were first invented back in 1952 by Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Branemark. However, historians have been able to trace dental implants all the way back to 600 AD. Ancient Mayans would hammer shells into their mouths as replacement teeth. Clearly, these ancient dental implants are nothing like the implants we are familiar with now – thank goodness!! Check out our previous blog, The Evolution of Dental Implants as Tooth Replacements. Today, in fact, dental implants are one of the most common and safest procedures in dentistry. It’s a dentistry marvel! 
  2. Tooth Loss is Very Common. According to the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation, over 240 million people in the world have experienced tooth loss. By 35, most adults will lose at least one permanent tooth. This means that it is common to need a tooth replacement and to have a dental implant procedure.
  3. Restorative Treatment. A common misconception about dental implants is that they’re similar to crowns. However, this is incorrect. Dental implants are restorative treatments and can actually help stimulate bone growth. Dental implants are actually artificial roots. They are placed inside the jawbone, are shaped like a hardware screw and have a success rate of 95%. Check out our blog, What Are Your Tooth Replacement Options, for more information.
  4. AAID Formation. Dental implants are the main reason the AAID, American Academy of Implant Dentistry was formed. In 1951, there was a group of dentists who were very successful with the outcome of their implant techniques. So, they formed the AAID to help spread their knowledge of implant technology and advancement. 
  5. Care Required. Once a dental implant is performed, the risk of getting a cavity in that tooth is gone, but care is still required. Daily brushing and flossing are so important for dental implants and can help the dental implant last a lifetime. 

Learn More HERE About Dental Implant Surgery.

Related Resource from WebMD: A Guide to Dental Implants

GPS Dental Can Help

As you can see, a dental implant can do wonders for your smile, especially if you are self-conscious about a missing tooth. If you’re curious about whether a dental implant is a tooth replacement option for you, please give us a call – we’d love to discuss dental implants with you. 

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek’s experienced and friendly team at GPS Dental offers affordable dental care for all ages in San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we promote dental health awareness to our patients and provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implantssleep apneaTMJ / TMD Treatmentcosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at 210-633-3477 to make an appointment.

Tooth Replacement: What Are the Options?

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Close your eyes and imagine, what would you do if you had a big event to attend, like your best friend’s wedding, and you broke your tooth… what would you do?

You certainly can’t attend with a huge gap in your teeth.

You need a tooth replacement; here are some options you may want to consider.

Why Teeth are replaced:

It’s no secret that your teeth are tough, but did you know that your teeth are in fact harder than any bone in your entire body! While this may come as a surprise to some, when you think about it this certainly does make a great deal of sense as your teeth have the extremely important task of breaking down your food for consumption. However even as tough as your teeth are, there are many factors such as hard foods, acidic substances, or simply neglect and old age, that can potentially damage or destroy your teeth; even an accident. Therefore tooth replacement is necessary if damage or decay occurs, and this can be accomplished several different ways to meet one’s particular needs.

What Tooth Replacement Options are Available?

There are three primary tooth replacement options available when having one or more teeth replaced, each of these options are designed to accommodate different circumstances surrounding the patient’s need for one or several replacements, and each option presents their own advantages and disadvantages.

Option 1: Removable Partial

Often considered the most economical of the tooth replacement options, the removable partial denture or RPD, is as its name implies a removable row of porcelain dentures that can be used both as functional teeth and to serve aesthetic purposes. While the RPD is a popular tooth replacement option due to it being least expensive of the options, and for being the most accommodating for older individuals who may need several teeth replaced. It does present certain drawbacks as well. Over the years there have been quite a few instances of RPD’s getting lost or going missing, particularly among elderly patients or folks on vacation, leading some to seek a more permanent solution.

Option 2: Fixed Bridge

A bridge or sometimes called fixed partial denture is much like the removable partial, a row of artificial porcelain teeth. However, the differences between an RPD and a bridge is not only the fact that the bridge is fixed (or non-removable) but also that the dental bridge provides greater comfort while chewing, requires less  cleaning, and is as convincing as actual teeth. Although more expensive than the RPD, the bridge is in many ways more effective and requires little time to be created.

Related Article: What I Wish I Knew Before I Got My Dentures

Option 3: Dental Implant

The third and perhaps most coveted tooth replacement option is the dental implant. Unlike the two previous options, a dental implant is more like an actual tooth that that has been specifically created to replace your old one. This ceramic, custom made tooth is strategically placed onto the jawbone of the patient, so that the bone and gums can grow around it over time, thus becoming the permanent replacement for the missing tooth. Although dental implants are more expensive than the previously mentioned tooth replacement options, they require the least amount of maintenance and attention as the others, in addition to providing authentic feel as a natural tooth.

Related Article: Dental Implants – The Lasting Fix for Front Teeth

Remember, although your teeth are tough, and can last a lifetime depending on the circumstances. If time has taken its toll on your teeth, there are several tooth replacement options available to keep you smiling.

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek and his experienced, friendly team at GPS Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the San Antonio, TX area. Our office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implantssleep apneaTMJ / TMD Treatmentcosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at (210) 633-3477 to make an appointment.