Dental Implants Specialist

Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - Family and Cosmetic Dentistry -  - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Hollywood Park, San Antonio, TX

Losing permanent teeth increases your risk of more serious issues. Fortunately, dental implants can restore your smile, ensuring your mouth remains healthy for years. At Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - family and cosmetic dentistry, the team of expert dentists has years of experience placing and restoring dental implants. To make an appointment at the practice in San Antonio, Texas, call the office today or book online.

Dental Implants Q&A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are metal, screw-like posts that replace your natural tooth roots. They provide a foundation for dental restorations like bridges, crowns, or fixed dentures.

Dental implants are stronger and longer-lasting than other tooth replacement options. Because they integrate with your natural bone, you don’t need to use messy adhesives like you would with dentures. What’s more, with good oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist, implants often last a lifetime.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer many benefits, including:

  • Improved speech
  • Easier biting and chewing
  • Confidence
  • More defined facial structure
  • Convenience
  • Durability

Dental implants provide the added benefit of improved oral hygiene. When you replace missing teeth, you significantly reduce the risk of more serious issues like shifting teeth, gum recession, or bone loss.

What does getting dental implants involve?

At Erin McLendon DDS & Associates - family and cosmetic dentistry, getting dental implants takes at least three appointments.

First dental implants visit

If you’ve lost one (or several) permanent teeth and the team determines you qualify for implants, they numb your mouth with a local anesthetic and insert a series of titanium posts into your jaw. Afterward, your surgeon provides at-home care instructions and writes you a prescription for pain medication.

Second dental implants visit

A few months later, after the implants integrate with your jaw, you return to the office. The team takes digital scans of your mouth and sends them to a dental facility that specializes in the manufacture of custom restorations.

Experts at the facility use your impressions to design and create your crowns, bridge, or fixed dentures.

Third dental implants visit

When the team receives your custom restoration, you visit the office for the last time. The team administers a local anesthetic and carefully attaches your restoration to your implants. 

How do I care for my dental implants?

 To keep your dental implants in optimal condition, the team recommends:

  • Visiting the dentist two times a year for an oral exam and teeth cleaning
  • Brushing your teeth two times each day
  • Flossing before going to bed
  • Avoiding bad habits like chewing on pen caps or popcorn kernels

By following these guidelines, it’s possible to keep your implants working for years.

To explore the benefits of dental implants, make an appointment at Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - family and cosmetic dentistry by calling the office today or scheduling online.

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