We offer a variety of options for replacing missing teeth to meet the needs of every patient. For many, the best choice may be dental implants in Longview. Some patients express concern about the idea of an oral surgery. However, the placement of implants is actually very safe, comfortable, and predictable, when performed by a skilled surgeon. Clint Bruyere, D.D.S. works with some of the most talented oral surgeons in Longview.
When you visit Dr. Bruyere, he will examine your oral health and bone structure, and then clearly explain your options. Despite the vast benefits of implants, there are a few drawbacks for some patients. If your teeth were lost due to gum disease, you have probably lost some of your jawbone as well. A bone grafting procedure may be needed before implants could be placed. Smokers will be advised to quit before the surgery, as this habit can increase the risk of implant failure. You will be given all of the facts, so you can make an informed decision.
This step may sound intimidating, but implant placement is far from major surgery. Most patients describe it as comparable to having a tooth extracted. The area is completely numbed while your jawbone is prepared and the implant or implants are placed. Even if you are getting several implants, the process can be completed in a single visit, with minimal discomfort.
Any residual soreness you may feel should fade quickly. However, the healing process in the bone will take several months. This is because the bone does not just heal around the implant; it actually fuses with the implant. This unique property, known as osseointegration, is responsible for the superior stability of implants. It also prevents the bone deterioration that is commonly associated with tooth loss.
When the titanium implant has securely integrated with the jawbone (usually in three to six months), it is time to place your new tooth or teeth! The exact procedure will vary, depending on what type of restoration you have chosen. Typically, an abutment (small cylinder) will be attached to the implant, as well as the restoration. It acts as a connector, and like the implant, it is never seen.
Dental implants can be used to support a bridge, denture, or specially designed crown. The result is a dazzling smile that looks natural, and can last a lifetime. If you think implants may be right for you, call (903) 708-6116 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Bruyere.