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Dental Implants and mini implants

Dental Implants and mini implants

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.

Dr. Rachel Nguyen uses the most up-to-date technology. With her 3D CT scanner, Dr. Nguyen can view all the features of your oral anatomy—your jawbone, teeth, nerves, etc.—in a 360-degree view. Then, she uses this data to plan your implant placement so that it is minimally invasive. Most of her patients report experiencing little postoperative discomfort thanks to this.

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself into the jaw bone. Next, an incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed, the gums are sutured.

The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time, the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. After the implant has healed, it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the number one choice of how people today are choosing to replace their missing teeth. Implants allow people to eat the foods they love again, smile, and live a healthy lifestyle, things that many individuals who wear removable dentures avoid. At Rosewood Dental of San Antonio Dr. Rachel Nguyen offers patients solutions for missing teeth using various procedures and techniques. Mini Implants, Single Tooth Replacements, All on four treatments, and even Same-Day Implant Surgery are our areas of expertise.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Many people get scared of the pain that placing a dental implant might cause. But, they should remember that placing an implant is often an easier task than extracting a tooth. Dental implants are placed after applying local anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain during the process. However, they might be in slight discomfort for a few days after the surgery. It will go away once your mouth gets adjusted to the implants.

At Rosewood Dental, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement options. Dr. Rachel Nguyen will recommend the best treatment plan that fits your lifestyle, budget, and oral health is.

Why should I get dental implants?

  • It will improve your overall facial appearance

  • Your speech will also improve

  • Once you get accustomed to dental implants, they would be very comfortable for you.

  • You can eat your food without any hassles or worries

  • It will give a boost to your self-esteem

  • Dental implants will lead to an all overall improvement in your oral health

  • It is very durable and hence would last you for many years

Implant Care and Maintenance

There are only two ways an implant can lose attachment to the bone and fail once it has successfully fused: poor oral hygiene or excessive biting forces. Poor oral hygiene and/or a lack of regular cleanings can lead to a destructive bacterial infection called Peri-implantitis. Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this. Excessive biting forces can come from either a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth or an insufficient number of implants to handle the forces generated by your bite. You should receive the correct number of implants so this does not happen. And if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, a night-guard will be recommended to protect your implants. After all, implants are a long-term investment in your smile, your health, and your well-being, so it’s best to protect your investment.

Taking care of your dental implants is very important so that it can sustain you for many years. Maintaining your oral hygiene routine is the main trick here. Also, visit your dentist at least twice a year to ensure that your teeth and implants are in the right condition.


Dental Implant Options


All-on-4 Treatment

Full Arch Implant Restorations offer a stable, natural-looking replacement for several missing teeth or an entire dental arch.

At Rosewood Dental, we utilize advanced technology that allows us to place an entire set of teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth with just four or six dental implants, often referred to as “All-on-4 or 6 implants. This type of implant procedure allows us to place just implants on the top and the bottom jaws in order to create a new smile for our patients. This implant procedure also allows us to often restore a patient’s smile in just one day. More advanced and complex cases may take more time, but we do our best to provide our patients with the most effective and efficient treatment possible.


Single Tooth Replacement

Besides aesthetics and functionality, single tooth replacement can also help maintain the teeth’ alignment inside your mouth. Dental implants can help you regain a functional and attractive smile.

A dental implant provides the most natural solution to replacing a single missing tooth. A dental implant can be used to replace a tooth that is congenitally missing. It can also replace a tooth that has been lost due to accidents, tooth decay, gum disease or other reasons.

Designed to mimic both the complete structure and function of a natural tooth, a dental implant helps provide structural and functional support while enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. At Rosewood Dental Dr. Rachel Nguyen offers a single dental implant when her patients are missing only one tooth. Dental implants are an investment in your health, confidence, overall well-being, and if it properly maintained, can last a lifetime.


Implant Supported Dentures

An implant-supported denture combines the utility of restorative dental practices with the aesthetics of cosmetic dentistry. A patient can regain full dental functionality with an implant-supported denture and experience a significant boost in confidence.

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Patient wanted her dentures stabilized. Now her dentures will snap in and help with eating normal foods and speaking.

Missing single tooth replacement

testimonial from our patient that received 2 mini implants from our office. She first got a traditional implant done and was a lot happier with the mini implant process/cost.


Patient received 6 top mini implants. Patient now can snap dentures in and eat normal foods and speak without dentures shifting around. 

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