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Dental Implants – Corpus Christi, TX

Fully Detailed, Comprehensive Tooth Replacement

Do you wish your tooth replacement felt truly natural and looked seamless in your mouth? While there are many solutions for replacing teeth, dental implants provide the best longevity, functionality and esthetics possible because of their unique integration process. Dr. Pitarra will walk you through each step of the treatment and help you decide if dental implants from our Corpus Chrisit, TX dental team are right for you. Call her dental office today and she’ll help you get started on planning your treatment!

Why Choose Sarah Pitarra, DDS for Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implant Placement Performed In-House
  • Exceptional Cosmetic Dental Treatments
  • Natural-Looking Restorative Materials

What is a Dental Implant?

Three animated dental implant supported dental crowns

Dental implants are unique tooth replacements that mimic both the crown portion that completes your smile and the root that’s integrated inside of your jaw bone. By replacing the root, you can begin stimulating your jaw once more and prevent bone material from resorbing back into your body. After the implant has had several months of time to heal, it will become fully part of your jaw moving forward. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement method that offers this level of functionality.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Woman eating a red apple after dental implant tooth replacement

When you have a replacement root, not just a crown, your jaw bone is receiving the stimulation it needs to remain strong and retain its current shape. This is what gives you the ability to not only chew the foods you want (including tough or crunchy foods like steak and apples), but also make sure your facial appearance does not change. After all, tooth loss causes the face to sag as your jaw begins to break down due to lack of stimulation. With dental implants, you can avoid that entirely.

Since dental implants have such a high success rate, you can have confidence that they will last a very long time when practicing routine oral hygiene. With over 30 years of use, it’s truly the longest-lasting tooth replacement available in dentistry to date. Unlike bridges, you don’t even need to modify existing teeth just to have them placed.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Older man and woman laughing after dental implant tooth replacement

Dental implants allow you to enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth because they replace the entire structure of the tooth. This creates several advantages that are not possible with other treatments, including:

  • Replaces the Root & Tooth: The implant post substitutes the root to stimulate your jawbone while also providing a secure foundation for your restoration.
  • Long-Lasting: Dental implants can last for several decades with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene.
  • High Success Rate: Dental implants have over a 95% 10-year success rate.
  • Natural Function: Regain as much as 70% of your biting force.
  • Enhanced Esthetics: All-ceramic materials allow your restorations to look natural.
  • No Damage to Other Teeth: Dental implants do not rely on your natural teeth to support them to improve your oral health overall.

Missing Single Tooth

Animated dental implant supported dental crown placement

A biocompatible implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone to act as a new root. A special fixture called an abutment is connected to it to attach your dental crown.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

One or more consecutive missing teeth are replaced with an implant-supported bridge. Your prosthetic teeth are carefully crafted to match the appearance of your natural ones. The bridge is held in place using a dental implant at either end instead of placing crowns on the adjacent teeth.

Missing All Your Teeth

Animated dental implant supported denture

You can forget about slipping and irritation when speaking, chewing, or smiling. You can anchor your denture to your jawbone using an average of 4 implant posts. In some cases, the entire arch can be replaced in just one day.

How Dental Implants Work

Animated parts of dental implant supported dental crown

At our dental office, we perform all steps of dental implant treatment, including the placement and the restorative phase (where we determine whether you need a crown, bridge or denture to cover your dental implants.) We also place an abutment, which fits inside of the implant and gives the restoration a reliable foundation. Keep in mind that the length of your overall treatment will vary based on how specific your oral health needs are. For example, single tooth implants will take less time to complete than 3-unit bridges.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Man talking to dental team member about the cost of dental implants

Every dental implant treatment is unique because not only will the number of teeth you need to replace vary from another patient’s, but the specific teeth you need to replace can also influence your final cost. Additionally, those who need to undergo periodontal therapy (to stop a gum infection) or bone grafts (to expand the amount of viable bone tissue) will see their costs go up. With that said, dental implants are seen as the most cost-effective tooth replacement option mainly because they are designed to last for multiple decades, while other treatments do not.

Dental Implant FAQ’s

Man with dental implants in Corpus Christi smiling

Are you still curious about dental implants in Corpus Christi? For any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office and speak with one of our friendly team members. Until then, we’ve also provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants! Read on to learn more.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

We will always ensure that you’re numb and comfortable before beginning the surgery. Most likely, you’ll be sedated for a greater sense of relaxation, plus your jawbone doesn’t contain very many pain-sensing nerves. The only slight discomfort you will experience is a little bit of soreness after the procedure, but this can be easily managed with our prescription or over-the-counter pain medication. Additionally, you can use a cold compress to numb pain and ease swelling. If it seems like your soreness is getting worse instead of better after 2 to 3 days, contact our office right away.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

One of the benefits of dental implants is their predictability. As long as you get this treatment from a skilled implant dentist in Corpus Christi like Dr. Pitarra, your implants will have a success rate of over 95%. Mostly, the success of your dental implants relies on how well you care for your smile, your diet, and maintaining regular dental checkups. Additionally, the success of implants can depend on the location they are placed. For example, molars receive more strain from your daily chewing compared to your front teeth, which could slightly increase their likelihood of failure.

Am I Too Young to Get Dental Implants?

Because your jaw isn’t fully developed until adulthood, dentists won’t use dental implants for anyone under the age of 18. That said, your jaw may not be fully developed until your mid-20’s, which is why the initial examination of your mouth during your consultation is so important. Dental implants need a healthy and strong jawbone in order to function properly. Notably, men’s jaws will typically take longer to develop than women’s do.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Dental Implant Surgery?

As soon as a day after your surgery, you’ll be able to resume your normal activities. However, avoid strenuous exercise during the first week or so because it could delay the healing process. Bleeding will subside after a few days, and your swelling will stop after about 3 to 4 days. Be sure to take our prescribed medication or over the counter medicine to manage any soreness you may have. The healing period is called osseointegration, which can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I Have Dental Implants?

Dental implants and the restorations that come with them are personalized to meet your specific needs. Once your custom-made restorations are placed, they will look just like your original grin. In fact, dental implants allow your crowns or bridges to mimic the way your natural teeth emerge from your gums for the most beautiful smile.