To replace a missing tooth or teeth with a long-lasting restoration, Dr. William Shattuck is proud to perform implant dentistry for his patients in Haslet, TX. Implant dentistry uses surgically placed metal posts in your jawbone to act like the root of the tooth. The post(s) may be connected to a crown, denture, or bridge for a beautiful restoration that can be cleaned like natural teeth. Dr. Shattuck is also highly skilled at implant restorations for the very rare events when a crown or denture has become cracked or damaged. To fix a gap in your smile or restore an existing implant, make an appointment to get more information on implant dentistry at Radiant Dental Care. Dental implants may help if you don't want to deal with loose crowns or the hassle of removable dentures. Talk to Dr. Shattuck about what you would like and figure out if implant dentistry is a good option for you.
Implants can restore one or several lost teeth by connecting the implant to a crown, denture, or bridge. You may prefer implant dentistry if you have a removable or cemented dental restoration but don't like the appearance or fit, or if there's special cleaning needed. Dental implants can be treated just like your normal teeth with daily flossing and brushing. At your consultation, Dr. Shattuck will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. In some cases, a bone or gum graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to strengthen your mouth. Dental implants may not be appropriate if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for another issue such as periodontal disease.
What To Expect
To prepare for your dental implants, you may have teeth extracted, as well as gum and bone grafts. When you are ready for dental implant surgery, the necessary areas will be given local anesthesia to numb your mouth. Other anesthesia or sedation may be used to relax you throughout the treatment. Dr. Shattuck will start by making a surgical incision in your gums so the post can be placed in your jawbone. The incision in the gums will be stitched closed with some of the dental implant above the gums. This will be repeated if several implants are required. While the dental implant integrates into the gums and jawbone over the following months, a temporary cover will be placed over the implants. As soon as Dr. Shattuck decides your implant is stable, your permanent restoration (crown, denture, or bridge) can be connected to your implant and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
There may be some short-term inflammation in your mouth and lower face, plus discomfort, bruising, and minor bleeding after your implant procedure. Dr. Shattuck will talk to you about what is to be expected and what should be reported to our office. He may also give you a prescription for pain relievers and antibiotics. After your dental implants are integrated and your restoration is connected, you should develop a good oral care routine at home that includes daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual exams and bi-annual professional cleanings at Radiant Dental Care so Dr. Shattuck can evaluate the health of your mouth and implants. He will talk to you if your restorations or implants should be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
Based on your dental insurance company and personal coverage, part of the expenses of your implants and custom restoration might be paid for. We will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage and determine your personal cost. At your initial consultation with Dr. Shattuck, he may estimate your expenses and discuss payment methods we accept, our different payment plants, and information on financing via CareCredit.
Implants with custom restorations may be a good option if you are looking for a replacement for missing teeth that is simple to care for and can last for many years. Dr. Shattuck will explain the steps needed, starting with surgery for implant placement and your restoration options. To get more information on implants, schedule a consultation at Radiant Dental Care.