Dental Implants

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DENTAL IMPLANTS                

Dental implants provide a natural looking and feeling replacement for missing teeth.

At Aesthetic Smiles Dentistry in Shenandoah, Texas, experienced dentist Sojin Kim, DMD, carefully places dental implants to complete your smile so you feel confident. Call today or use the online tool to book your appointment to learn how dental implants can help your look and function. 

Q: What should I know about dental implants?

Dental implants are a tooth replacement that makes it feel like you have your natural teeth back. 


When you lose your teeth due to tooth decay, a disease, or a traumatic injury, your self-esteem and smile suffer. Dental implants help you bite, chew, and smile with confidence. These prosthetic teeth, firmly placed into your jawbone, are a sturdy, stable replacement that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.


Dental implants are titanium posts that your dentist surgically implants into your upper or lower jawbone. This screw-like post acts like the root of your new tooth. Once your dentist places the implant and your mouth has fully healed, the dentist mounts a custom-made crown (replacement tooth) onto the metal post. Because the implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide firm support for artificial teeth and don't shift around the mouth like some removable dentures.


These screw-like metal posts can also help crowns, bridges, and dentures stay solidly affixed to your jaw.

Q: Why should I consider
dental implants?

If you have missing teeth, dental implants are a smart solution. Beyond looking, feeling, and functioning like your natural teeth, dental implants:

  • Are a permanent, lifelong solution
  • Are a cost-effective way to replace missing teeth
  • Help maintain your natural face shape and restore your smile
  • Help keep your surrounding natural teeth healthy
  • Improve speech by allowing you to talk without worry
  • Don’t slip out of your mouth
  • Ensure the health of your jawbone
  • Enhance your ability to chew your favorite foods without pain
  • Make it so your teeth aren’t susceptible to cavities with an implanted crown


Dental implants offer a time-tested, predictable option for people who have missing teeth. 

Q: Am I a candidate for
dental implants?

Patients who are missing a single tooth or several teeth may be an excellent dental implant candidate. You should have healthy gums and adequate bone density in your jaw. 


You must also have a mature, fully formed jaw. Dental implants are not appropriate for kids, as their mouths have not finished growing. 


If you’re bothered by dentures that slip, or if it's time to replace a bridge or partial dentures, the team at Aesthetic Smiles Dentistry may recommend dental implants.