If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, dental implants are a natural-looking and permanent solution to replace your teeth. Dental implants work by securing crowns, bridges, or dentures in your mouth. Dr. Travis Spillman, Dr. Thomas Ryan, and the rest of the team at Spillman Family Dental in Rockwall, Texas, install dental implants if you’ve lost teeth to injury or decay. Call to schedule an appointment to discuss dental implants as an option to restore your smile.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into your jaw to secure prosthetic teeth including crowns, bridges, or dentures. As your bone bonds with the implant in a process called osseointegration, it becomes firmly embedded in the jaw bone, serving as a secure foundation for dental work.
The dentists at Spillman Family Dental replace a single missing tooth with a custom-made crown secured to a dental implant with a connecting piece called an abutment. The dentists carefully examine your jaw, including X-rays, to ensure your jaw is strong enough to support the implant. The implantation process takes time, as you’ll need several months for the post to bond with your jaw before the abutment and crown can be fitted.
Unlike many other dental practices, the team at Spillman Family Dental offers customized abutments as well as dental crowns for dental implants. A custom abutment provides a uniquely secure fit for your replacement teeth.
Traditional dentures can become loose over time or require messy adhesives to stay securely in place.
Whether you need a partial denture to replace some teeth or full dentures to replace all your teeth, the dentists at Spillman Family Dental offer implant-retained dentures for a permanently secure fit. Your dentist begins the process by making a 3D scan of your mouth and impressions of your teeth, including any gaps left by missing teeth. This information is used to custom-make dentures that fit your mouth precisely.
Once your dentures are ready, your dentist implants the posts in your jaw and attaches your dentures. Over the next several months, you’ll have follow-up appointments in which your dentist checks the fit of your dentures and makes adjustments as your jaw heals.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device used to replace several adjacent teeth with a natural-looking device. Your dentist may suggest an implant-retained bridge to permanently affix the replacement teeth to your jaw. Implant-retained bridges are typically installed in a couple of steps, including implanting the posts, and creating and fitting your custom-made bridge.
Hybrid implants — also known as “smile in a day” or the “All-on-4®” — combine implants and a bridge to replace many or all of your teeth at once. Hybrid implants aren’t suitable for everyone, but the dentists at Spillman Family Dental will let you know if it’s a potential option for your replacement teeth during your initial consultation.
Call to schedule a consultation today and learn about your options for replacing your missing teeth.