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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, we now have a way to replace just the one tooth or many teeth.  Essentially, we keep a one-tooth problem a one-tooth problem.  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.  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 implants we utilize in our office

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.  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 are now 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 will restore your chewing function, can be placed in a minimal amount of bone 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.  The patient has little discomfort and can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Contact Our Dentistry in San Marcos

If you are interested in any of these procedures, 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.