Dental Implants

New Braunfels, TX

Diagram of the dental implant procedure available at River Run Family Dentistry

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you have multiple options available to you such as dentures and bridges. But the one many would consider is closer to the experience of having natural teeth are implants. These are a permanent option that aims to mimic the structural integrity of naturally growing teeth and are rising in popularity. But are they right for you? At River Run Family Dentistry we want to help each patient make the best choices for their oral health.


What Are Dental Implants?

As mentioned above, dental implants aim to be the closest to having natural teeth. This means that dental implants involve the jawbone. Titanium “rods” are placed inside the jawbone with the attachment points appearing above the gums. What allows implants to mimic teeth is the fact the bone will essentially bond with these rods — allowing them to function like natural roots. The prosthetic teeth made of porcelain are then attached to the abutment points of the implants. This procedure requires two visits, one for placing the implants in the jawbone, and one for attaching the teeth.


The Different Types of Implants

Implants are versatile in that they can either replace a single tooth or an entire set of teeth — or anything in between. We will go over the three main types of dental implants.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Bridges are usually used to replace multiple teeth in a row, they require a support point — usually one on each side unless you are using cantilever bridges. The traditional method involves wearing down the enamel of two teeth on each side and placing a supporting crown on top of this abutment tooth. Implant-supported bridges essentially replace using natural teeth for support with implants

Single-Tooth Implants

As the name implies, single-tooth implants are designed to replace one tooth. They work similarly to other types of implants, but instead only one implant and one prosthetic tooth are used. 

Implant-retained Denture

These are meant to be an alternative to dentures and are considered the best way to give someone their full smile back if they are a good candidate. An entire row of prosthetic teeth is placed both on the top and bottom. 

It is worth noting that due to the complexity of both surgically installing implants and custom designing the teeth themselves, they are a costly option compared to other forms of teeth replacement. However, implants can last a lifetime and are the closest to having the original teeth you were naturally accustomed to. Some would consider that the cost starts to become closer to dentures if the implants are taken good care of over a period of decades.


Talk to Us About Tooth Replacement Options

If you are currently unhappy with your smile and would like to take the next steps towards a mouth that is both fully functional and visually appealing, we would love to help! At River Run Family Dentistry we are dedicated to helping each patient both retain and achieve the smile they are seeking. You can call our office at 830-387-3040 to ask any questions or schedule an appointment to go over your possible options. Your road to a better quality-of-life can start here!