Fill in the Gaps with Implant Dentistry
If you have ever felt frustrated about the function of your bridgework or dentures, it is time to consider the benefits of implant dentistry. The natural look, feel, and reliability of implanted teeth has given thousands of former denture-wearers, and those that have suffered from serious tooth loss, the perfect solution.
Vaca & Kirby Dental offers several treatment options, allowing you to experience a better way to recover your smile. Dental implants can be placed by Dr. David Vaca or Dr. Chris Kirby, both of which have been setting the standard for dental care in Longview, Texas and the East Texas area for over 20 years. They understand the positive impact implant dentistry can have on their patients.
Benefits of the Dental Implants Procedure
- Dental Health
- Improved Speech
- Improved Biting and Chewing
- Pain Relief
- Improved Appearance and Self-Esteem
Dental implants are non-removable dental devices that can replace lost teeth and help preserve the jawbone. An implant, which is essentially a small titanium screw, will be surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. When the entire treatment is completed, the implants will replicate the look and feel of natural teeth, so there will be no slipping or sliding as with removable dentures.
If you are in Longview, Texas or other areas of East Texas, call for a consultation with Dr. David Vaca or Dr. Chris Kirby to discuss dental implants. They can provide a permanent, fixed solution that can enhance your quality of life.
The first step of getting dental implants is the placement. This is a minor surgical procedure where one of the doctors will precisely position the titanium post(s) within your jaw. They’ll choose the positions based on a number of x-rays and scans. Afterward, you’ll be given 4-6 months to heal. During this time, the titanium will naturally bond with the surrounding jawbone, which is another reason why implants provide so much security. While you’re healing, you’ll wear a temporary restoration so that you’ll have new teeth from your very first visit. Once you have completely healed, you’ll return to our office to have your final restoration placed.
Implant-Retained Crowns and Bridges
These restorations, much like their traditional counterparts, can be used to replace a single tooth or a row of missing teeth.
For a single tooth, an all-porcelain crown will be attached directly to the implant post. Dental porcelain is ideal for this procedure because it is able to mimic a natural tooth in shape, size, color, and even feel.
This crown can, if needed, be attached to prosthetic teeth to replace a row of missing teeth. Implant-retained bridges have the advantage of being able to be placed without needing the surrounding healthy teeth to be filed down to support it.