Dental restorations are highly desirable, especially for patients who have experienced tooth extraction or loss. Missing teeth impact more than just the appearance of the smile. They can cause patients to experience difficulty in eating to properly digest their food or have frustrations in speaking clearly. With restorations such as dental implants, Dr. Clint Bruyere finds that good candidates for these services are excited to learn about dental implants and how they can be used for tooth replacement.
Dental implants are titanium posts placed in the jaw of the bone and restored over the top abutment with a variety of restorations. The implant acts as a natural tooth root once did and is supported in the mouth with osseointegration, or bone growth. The implant is held firmly in place with the jaw to function at its best. Dental implants are used to replace one, several, or all the teeth in the dental arch.
While patients missing teeth have several options to choose from, they are often excited to have dental implants placed. Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement and continue to be the most popular option. It is because dental implants are:
When more than one tooth in a row is missing, some patients opt for a restoration called a dental bridge. This bridge uses the adjacent teeth to support it. If there are no adjacent teeth, then a dental implant can be used to act as the foundation on one or both ends. Additionally, several implants can be used along the dental arch to anchor a full denture in place. This provides better stability and function than a denture with denture adhesives. Patients with implant-retained dentures are more confident and can enjoy all their favorite foods without worry.
Longview, Texas patients interested in dental implants are encouraged to call Dr. Clint Bruyere at (903) 708-6116 to request a consultation appointment. During the initial evaluation, our team will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.