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About Our Dental Implant Procedures

Implants, in general, have revolutionized the way we practice dentistry. In the unfortunate event a person loses a tooth due to gum disease or other causes, we now have a way to replace just the one missing tooth or many teeth.  Essentially, we keep a one-tooth problem a one-tooth problem by replacing the problematic one before it affects an adjacent tooth.  Implants have been shown to be up to 98% effective.  They allow us to keep bone where it should be, keep facial features consistent and develop the most aesthetically pleasing outcome possible in cosmetic dentistry.

While we do not place traditional dental implants, we do work very closely with our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Periodontist in the planning and placement phases.  Once the implant has integrated, the pt. returns to our office for the fabrication of the final restoration.  There are many different sizes and types of artificial tooth implants we utilize in our office to mimic the look of a natural tooth.

A temporary anchorage device, or mini-implant, is prescribed by a referring Orthodontist when additional anchorage is needed to move teeth into their optimal position.  A small 1.8mm implant is inserted, oftentimes, without the use of anesthesia or sedation dentistry.  This temporary anchorage device will enable an orthodontist to move teeth into proper positions that otherwise would have been very difficult to obtain.  Once treatment is concluded, the mini-implant is removed with virtually no discomfort at all.

Edentulism, total loss of teeth, can be a devastating condition physically and mentally.  Facial profiles can change due to the loss of not only teeth but the bone that is used to support the teeth.  This can lead to unwillingness to smile, a decreased self-esteem and the inability to eat foods you once loved.  We now offer restorative dentistry procedures, and we are able to place mini-dental implants as small as 1.8mm in width, which helps retain your denture without the use of dental adhesives.  This procedure is a good alternative to traditional dental implants and will restore your chewing function. The mini-implants can be placed in a minimal amount of jaw bone and gum tissue and will prevent further bone loss.  Mini-implants are typically placed and fitted to your denture in a one and a half to two-hour appointment.  These affordable dental implants cause the patient little discomfort which can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers once the implant placement is complete.

Contact Our Dentistry in San Marcos

When it comes to emergency dental care, family dentistry, and pediatric dentistry, Carothers Family Dental is here for all of your needs.

If you are looking for more information about dental restoration, dental implant surgery, tooth extraction, partial dentures, dental crowns or any other tooth replacement option, don’t hesitate to contact our office at (512) 396-4288. We will gladly discuss your options and find a solution that works for you and your budget to ensure your able to afford your dental implants in San Marcos, TX.