Tooth replacement services such dental implants provided in Longview, TX area dental practice
Dr. Clint Bruyere is a dental provider in the Longview, TX area who offers a variety of services to improve the smile. When patients need tooth restoration or replacement, they have several options to choose from. Tooth loss requires replacement to keep the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and creating other problems. When patients are missing natural teeth, they may be advised to consider solutions such as dental implants.
Understanding dental implants
Dr. Clint Bruyere recommends dental implants for patients who are in the following situations:
- Are seeking a permanent option to replace a single lost tooth
- Are interested in a way to anchor a dental bridge without an adjacent tooth
- Want to stabilize full dentures to keep them firmly in place
- Want a biocompatible replacement solution
Our team of professionals work with patients to determine if dental implants are right for them. These restorations are titanium posts that the dentist surgically place into the jawbone. Then, restoration services begin. A single tooth replacement is achieved with a dental crown over the abutment of the dental implant. A bridge can be placed, using the dental implant as an anchor on one or both sides. For patients who have full dentures, implants are placed along the dental arch and then the denture snaps over them for optimum stabilization. Dental implants are incredibly versatile, which makes them useful in restorative dentistry.
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Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants do require patients to have enough bone in the jaw. The jawbone is stimulated when the implant is put in place, and bone grows around the implant to keep it stabilized. This is what makes a dental implant one of the strongest solutions. Determining candidacy is done during the initial evaluation and with the use of x-rays to see the bone and to determine appropriate placement. The dentist must take great care in ensuring placement of the implant does not affect the sinus cavities. Additionally, the bone must be strong and the smile free from periodontal disease or areas of decay. To maintain the dental implant, patients must take proper care of their smile, poor oral hygiene habits can keep patients from being a candidate for this restoration.
What is the process of receiving a dental implant?
The entire process starts with a visit to the Longview, TX area practice. Dr. Clint Bruyere will provide a physical evaluation to check the health of the smile and take x-rays to check the bone underneath. Patients will also learn about dental bridges and dentures as alternatives if they desire different solutions. Once patients choose to move forward with dental implants, plans are made for oral surgery, during which the implant is put into the jawbone. The gum tissue is sutured to heal, and patients may have a temporary restoration placed over the top of the implant until the bone growth process completes. Osseointegration can take several weeks before the implant is ready for the final restoration over the top. Patients are advised regarding post-operative care to reduce their risk of infection or other problems which can occur. The placement of dental implants with Dr. Clint Bruyere is often highly successful when patients take care of their implants. Once the implant is completed with the final restoration, patients take care of their smile as they should with regular brushing and flossing after every meal. Our dentist will also monitor the dental implant over time to ensure it is functioning at its best.
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At the practice of Dr. Clint Bruyere, patients in the community of Longview, TX can learn about the various solutions available to them for enhancing their smile’s functionality after tooth loss. Contact the office by calling (903) 708-6116 or visiting Suite G at 444 Forest Square. Our staff is here to help you address concerns within the smile and improve overall oral health and wellness. We are dedicated to offering the latest techniques and most advanced solutions for patients who are ready to transform the function, beauty, and health of their teeth and gums! Call today and get started on the road to better oral health!