Did you know that dental implants are now considered standard of care? So what does this mean to you as a patient? It means that if you are a candidate to replace missing teeth with dental implants your dentist has the obligation to inform you of this whether or not he/she places implants. Modern dental implants have been around since the 1970’s. They have undergone many changes since then but the basic concept is the same which is replacing the root structure of the tooth and then putting a crown on top of the implant which simulates a real tooth in strength and longevity. Dental implants also help preserve bone.
How did implants become standard of care? Dental implants now have an extraordinarily high success rate. This is backed by decades of extensive research. Only about 10% of dentists place implants due to the extensive training it takes. Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio, Dr. Camacho stays abreast of advancements in dentistry and is constantly educating himself in the latest procedures in order to offer his patients the very best care and we do offer dental implants. This means you are presented with an ideal treatment plan to address your dental needs. You can be assured you will have all options available to you not just what a particular practitioner is trained in.
Although many patients steer away from dental implants due to the description of placement (screwing something into the bone sounds painful, yikes!) having an implant placed is, in the majority of cases, an easy procedure with little to no complications or pain. This is because there are no actual nerve endings in the bone. A very small amount of local anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue where the implant will be placed. Pain medication is not even prescribed. I have had extensive dental work done myself and have had two implants placed which were the easiest thing I have ever had done. I had one placed in the morning and was back at work that afternoon.
It is important to replace missing teeth since spaces where teeth have been extracted start to collapse the arch. It also causes the opposing tooth to start to drift down or up in order to find something to chew against. Even one missing tooth can create a negative snowball effect on your oral health.
Call today for an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for dental implants. Even denture wearers can greatly benefit from an implant supported denture.
Edward J Camacho DDS
Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio
16535 Huebner Rd Ste #102
San Antonio, Tx 78248