If you’re looking to restore the normal function and aesthetics of your mouth after losing one, multiple, or all of your teeth, Paul Weintraub, DMD may recommend that you get a dental implant to support a crown, bridgework, or dentures to fill the gap. A dental implant refers to a biocompatible fixture that is surgically placed into the jawbone underneath an area with missing teeth, so it can fuse with the bone to provide a strong and stable artificial tooth root that can support the replacement tooth.

More and more patients in Tyler, TX are beginning to appreciate the benefits of replacing missing teeth with implants. Generally, filling the gap using any tooth replacement option will prevent adjacent teeth from tilting or shifting, which might misalign your bite and cause other dental problems. Failure to replace missing may also cause those on the opposing jaw to grow irregularly because there’s no mate to make contact with, leading to gum irritation and chronic sore spot in that area.

While dental implants can prevent all of these issues, they’re preferred to other tooth replacement options because they stimulate the bone tissue under the gums and prevent it from shrinking shrink away (resorption). Since the replacement tooth is connected to the underlying bone via the implant, it can stimulate it when chewing to prevent boneloss and premature aging of the face. Moreover, replacement teeth supported by implants feel like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat, talk, and clean them like normal. The restoration is also safe, highly successful, and permanent, meaning that it can last a lifetime with proper care.

Dental Implants - Tyler, TX

Dental implants can be used to support a crown when replacing one tooth. Depending on your specific case, Dr. Weintraub may also use them to:

  • Support removable dentures - the stability of implants can provide a more comfortable and secure fit
  • Serve as temporary anchorage devices (TAD) for orthodontic procedures - dental mini-implants can function as anchorage for moving crooked teeth with an orthodontic appliance. The implants are then extracted when the orthodontic treatment is completed.

That said, there are several factors that may affect your suitability as a candidate for dental implants, including:

  • Position of the missing tooth in the mouth
  • Quality and quantity of jawbone in the area with the gap
  • General health of the patient
  • Cost of treatment

Learn more about dental implants

To find out whether you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants, please contact our office in Tyler, TX to schedule an appointment with Dr. Weintraub to discuss your case and plan your treatment.