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Missing teeth can make your days harder in both little and big ways. Perhaps they make you smile differently so the gaps won’t show, or maybe you’re not able to eat your favorite foods simply because you can’t chew them. Missing teeth can be a major nuisance, and over time, they can actually drastically impact your overall health. Thankfully, Dr. Meredith Davis and our team can offer you a permanent solution so that you’ll be able to laugh, talk, and eat with ease again: dental implants.

Implant Placement

Animation of implant supported dental crownA dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed into your jawbone to recreate the root of your tooth. No other restorative procedure can accomplish this, and this is why implants have the strongest, most secure hold of any tooth replacement method available today. These posts also support your jawbone just like natural teeth, which will help preserve both your oral health and the shape of your face. To place them, you will undergo a minor surgical procedure where the implants will be placed into your mouth via a small incision in your gums. Afterward, you’ll be given 4-6 months to heal, during which time the implants will actually bond to the surrounding bone, providing an even better hold. Then, you’ll return to our office to receive your replacement teeth.

Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges

Model of fixed bridgeIf you are restoring a single tooth, we’ll use something called an implant-retained crown. This will be connected directly to the implant using a small screw called an abutment. Your crown will be made entirely of dental porcelain, which is one of the strongest and most natural-looking materials available today. In fact, since the crown is held in place under the gum line just like a real tooth, it’ll perfectly blend in with the rest of your smile.

For a row of consecutive missing teeth, an implant-retained bridge is the perfect answer. You’ll have a single implant-retained crown placed, and this will be attached to prosthetic teeth that will seamlessly fill in the gap. When compared to traditional bridges, implant-retained bridges are much more stable, last longer, and they don’t require healthy teeth to be filed down to hold supporting crowns. This means they are able to give you your smile back while preserving more of your natural teeth.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Model of implant retained dentureDo you have dentures that pop, click, slip, or irritate your gums? If so, dental implants can offer you a solution! You’ll be able to smile confidently and eat anything you like with ease thanks to an implant-retained denture. Rather than using small metal clasps or natural suction to hold them in place, implant-retained dentures rely on durable titanium posts that are bonded to your jaw. Thanks to this hold, the dentures will never move around in your mouth unexpectedly, and they’ll keep their comfortable fit for much longer.

Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement by everyone in the dental field, and you can get them right here in Richardson, TX. Are you ready to smile confidently again? If so, you can get started today simply by contacting our office.

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