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Dental Implants – Longview, TX

Natural Looking Tooth Replacement


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 those who 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 whom 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. If you are in Longview, or other part of East Texas, call for a consultation at Vaca & Kirby Dental to discuss dental implants. They can provide a permanent, fixed solution that can enhance your quality of life.

Older female patient with healthy smile

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are non-removable dental devices that replace lost tooth roots and help preserve the jawbone and supportive gum tissues. 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 tooth roots, so there will be no slipping or sliding as with removable dentures.

Animation of dental implant supported crown

Benefits of Dental Implants

Before we begin your dental implant supported treatment plan, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of all of your available treatment options. We want to make sure you feel completely confident before we begin repairing your smile. Some of the many benefits of tooth replacement using dental implants include:

  • Implant posts replace tooth roots and provide improved dental health by creating the necessary stimulation to ensure you maintain jawbone density and gum tissue volume.
  • Completely self-sustaining, implant supported replacement teeth do not rely on your surrounding healthy teeth and other oral structures for support, making them better for your oral health.
  • The close to natural end results mean that you can speak clearly, eat all of your favorite foods, and smile with complete confidence.
  • When properly cared for, dental implant supported restorations have a 90 to 95% success rate after 20 years.

Model of dental implant retained bridge

Indications for Dental Implants

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.

Missing One Tooth

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.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

A row of missing teeth can be replaced using an implant-retained bridge. These restorations are anchored to implant posts on both ends, and they have the advantage of being able to be placed without needing the surrounding healthy teeth to be filed down to provide support. For both consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth, we will be happy to offer a partial denture to fill the gaps in your smile. These partials are attached to between four and six implant posts.

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Missing All Your Teeth

To replace one or both rows of teeth, we will use an implant-retained denture. We offer a variety of implant denture options. Traditional implant dentures use four to six strategically positioned implant posts for support. We also offer the innovative All-on-4 and Teeth-in-a-Day denture treatments to improve success rates and comfort for these advanced restoration options.

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How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are small posts that function like your tooth roots. In order to receive a functioning dental implant, you need to have adequate gum tissue volume and jawbone density. Then, the implant post is inserted into the jawbone. Over the course of several months, the implant fuses with the supportive bone and gum tissue. Then, we attach abutments that anchor your replacement tooth or teeth. Once the abutments are in place, we design and craft your replacement tooth or teeth, recreating your flawless smile from the roots up.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

During your tooth replacement consultation, we’ll walk you through every step of the treatment process, including the cost of each phase of treatment. There are three main phases of treatment you’ll need to consider the cost of when budgeting for dental implants – preparatory procedures like extractions and tissue grafts, implant placement surgeries, and the attachment of an abutment post and replacement tooth or teeth. Every patient’s plan will be different, and the cost fluctuates dramatically based on a variety of factors, including:

  • Number of missing teeth
  • Number of dental implants
  • Materials and manufacturers
  • Use of dental sedation to ensure comfort

We are happy to process dental insurance claims for any covered aspects of dental implant tooth replacement, and we will work with you to receive low and no interest financing when possible.

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Caring for Dental Implants

Dental implants allow you to make a long-term investment in your quality of life. If you care for them properly, you will enjoy a 95% success rate. There are several things you can do at home to ensure your new smile last for several decades. Besides brushing and flossing, it is best to take the time to protect your new smile from any potential complications.

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Galileos 3D Cone Beam Scanner

We utilize the Galileos 3D cone beam scanner for many treatments available in our Longview dental office, including dental implants. We use our cone beam scanner to plan your tooth replacement process from the roots up. The Galileos system allows us to see a complete three dimensional view of the area where a tooth needs to be replaced as well as how the whole bite fits together. This makes it possible for us to precisely plan your dental implant surgery and design your replacement teeth. In short, the Galileos system improves our ability to care for patients at every stage of the implant tooth replacement process.

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