Dental Implants in Franklin, TN
For a Complete Smile, Turn to the Long-Term Tooth Replacement Solution
If you are missing a tooth or need to have a tooth removed, your oral surgeon may suggest dental implants for tooth replacement in Franklin, TN. They replace both the root and the crown of your tooth, providing you a long-lasting solution that looks and feels like your natural tooth.
Dental implants include the implant post, the abutment, and the custom-made crown. These parts replicate the appearance and function of a healthy, natural tooth. Our board-certified oral surgeons offer many types of dental implant treatments to patients in need of replacing teeth in Franklin, TN, and surrounding areas.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that prevents bone loss. See how they work and how they can improve your smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
A Long-Term Solution.
Most traditional methods, such as tooth-supported dental bridges, offer patients a solution for missing teeth for as little as 5–10 years. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
Implants feel just like natural, healthy teeth, and many patients forget they even have them. With implants, you will not need to worry about temporary or removable dentures or tooth-supported replacements that may fall out or loosen during everyday activities.
Easier Speaking and Eating.
They enable you to bite into and properly chew your favorite foods without worry. Dental implants don’t require any special care; you just need to brush, floss, and have routine professional dental care, just like natural teeth.
Retain Natural Facial Aesthetics.
Because implants help to maintain the natural bone that holds teeth in place, patients can avoid the common shrunken or sagging appearance that happens when teeth are missing.
Protect Oral Health.
They keep neighboring teeth from shifting or moving in the mouth that commonly occurs when a tooth is lost and not replaced. This shifting worsens the longer a tooth has been missing. Dental implants prevent adjacent teeth from shifting into the open space and because the post fuses to the jaw bone, they protect the bone from deteriorating due to tooth loss.
Dental implants preserve tooth alignment, prevent bone loss, restore your ability to eat, and eliminate the need for dentures.
Types of Dental Implants
- Immediate (Same-Day) Implants. By combining tooth extraction and implant placement, our surgeons can save you time and money. More importantly, it allows you to have your replacement tooth sooner.
- Single Implants. One dental implant can replace one failing or missing tooth anywhere in the mouth, including front teeth and molars.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. Traditional bridges require your healthy teeth to be reshaped to fit the bridge. Instead, a dental implant can support the bridge and protect the need to damage your other teeth.
- All-on-4® Treatment Concept. This full-arch restoration procedure uses four dental implant posts to secure a new row of teeth in one or both dental arches.
Dental Implant Surgery in Franklin, TN
The overall length of treatment can vary based on each patient’s individual needs. Some patients require a bone graft procedure to create or restore the correct height and width of their jaw bone in the area where the dental implant will be placed. We will outline the details of your specific treatment during the consultation. We will also take 3D scans and discuss your options for anesthesia during this visit.
Your surgeon will administer the selected form of anesthesia, make a small incision in the gum tissue, and place the implant post. This post will fuse to the jaw bone over the course of a few months. When you have fully healed, your restorative dentist will place the final, custom-made crown.
In many cases, we can even connect a provisional (temporary) tooth to your post at the time it is placed. This can be particularly beneficial when replacing front teeth with dental implants. An immediate provisional tooth helps to preserve the natural shape and appearance of your gums, which often leads to a more aesthetic final result. Your doctor will discuss whether connecting an immediate provisional tooth to your dental implant is the right treatment choice for you.
We use the highest quality of materials for our dental implants so our patients can enjoy beautiful, lasting results.
Dental Implant Cost and Value
Every patient is unique and the cost for treatment varies. We factor in your choice of anesthesia, the number of implants you need, if you require bone grafting or extractions, and your insurance. At the consultation, we will provide a cost estimate for your treatment.
Dental implants are more than just a way to replace a tooth—they have the power to make you feel confident about your smile. With dental implants, you can enjoy eating, smiling, and laughing again. Patients with removable dentures often feel embarrassed about having to remove them during meals and cleaning. Plus, dentures must be replaced every few years and cleaned in special rinses.
With dental implants, there is no special care. Brush and floss regularly, and your replacement tooth will serve you for many years. They have a high success rate, are the only replacement solution to prevent bone loss, and are incredibly versatile to match your unique needs.
Teeth are vital to proper speech, oral health, and oral function. Partial dentures, bridges, and dental implants are restoration options to consider for replacing missing or failing teeth.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
Dentures can be a great way to restore the appearance of missing teeth. However, they do not restore full oral function and many patients find them uncomfortable. You can replace full or partial dentures with dental implants and enjoy a secure, long-term solution for tooth replacement.
The All-on-4® treatment concept secures a fixed denture with dental implant posts. Your new teeth will remain in place at all times and the implants prevent jaw bone loss, which dentures do not. If you wear a partial denture, we can replace it with multiple implants or an implant-supported bridge, eliminating the need for removable or uncomfortable appliances. Contact us today to learn more about denture replacement in Franklin, TN.
Types of Anesthesia
There are several anesthesia options available so patients can feel comfortable and at ease during treatment.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Implant Patients
Mike Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Everyone here was just so nice. As soon as I walked in the door, it just made me feel at home and at ease. From the get-go, it made me feel really comfortable. One of the things I noticed about the staff here that I loved so much was their smiles. The doctor explained everything to me in a way that I could understand, and that made me feel very comfortable. The procedure turned out great. It was very successful. The recovery went exactly as expected. I truly had an amazing experience here. It was awesome. I highly recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery."
Beth Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I had a tooth that was a root canal that was starting to bother me, and it was recommended that I either have an implant, a bridge, or a re-treat for the root canal. So I chose to do an implant because I've had an implant at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery before. The visit was comfortable. I'm very comfortable around Dr. Young. He made me feel relaxed. The staff is great. I would and I have recommended Dr. Young. If you could have a tooth pulled and have an implant, if it was enjoyable, it was enjoyable with Dr. Young."
Sharalee Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I came to see Dr. Clark because I’d had a failed dental implant, and I was looking for a second opinion to attempt a second one. He established a treatment plan where we could rebuild some of the tissue by using my own tissue to do a successful (hopefully) tissue graft, and then a bone graft to get more bone density so that we could once again attempt an implant. I was nervous, but I was desperate enough to just hope that he would have a way that would work. Dr. Clark took the time to review my case, and he came back with confidence. It helped me knowing that he was also a medical doctor and had lots of experience. I have now had a successful tissue and bone graft, and in a couple weeks, we’ll be able to attempt the, hopefully, final implant. The staff here at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery — very kind, very helpful, and I’ve enjoyed when I worked with them. I think they’re great; I recommend it!"
Carolyn Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I am one of those people who has cracked teeth, so we’re not sure whether I clench or whatever it is, but it was very painful, and I went to my regular dentist, and he immediately recommended Dr. Young and said, ”We need to do an implant on this one.” It went great, and I was very scared — I’d never had a tooth extracted. I expected to hear a lot of crunching and pulling, and it was just so — he was very gentle but very secure in what he was doing. The experience is — it shines through, that he’s got a lot of confidence, and he tells you what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. Never talked down to me like I was someone who wouldn’t understand the medical side of it, and I really appreciated that. I would definitely recommend that they come see Dr. Sean Young if anyone needs a dental implant."
Robert Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Well, actually, I went to my regular dentist, and I had a crown come out. I thought it just had to be cemented back in, and after my dentist looked at it, he realized that my tooth was broken. So he referred me to Dr. Lewallen in the office near Brentwood, TN. Back in the 50s and 60s, dentistry basically consisted of you go to the dentist to get a tooth extracted, or you go to the dentist to get a filling. Crowns and those type things, other than partials...that was science fiction then. I woke up, I thought, after about 15 minutes, and he said, “OK, you’re ready to go.” I said, “Boy, that was quick,” and he looked at me and said, “Well, you’ve been here an hour and a half.” I said, “You’re kidding.” I said, “I have no pain. I feel the same I did as I walked in the door.” I said, “I don’t get it,” and he said, “Well, this is the new dentistry.” So, was I pleased? Oh, you just can’t believe how much I was pleased. Visit Dr. Lewallen near Brentwood, TN."
Frequently Asked Questions
Do tooth implants hurt?
We make every effort to keep patients comfortable and calm. Oral surgeons are the only dental professionals qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia, which we happily offer to patients undergoing any type of procedure.
Do they put you to sleep for dental implants?
Patients undergoing a tooth extraction and immediate implant placement may only require local anesthesia to numb the area, while patients in need of more complex treatment may require IV sedation. General anesthesia, which renders patients totally unconscious, is typically reserved for intensive procedures such as corrective jaw surgery.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
Who is not suitable for dental implants?
Patients with suppressed immune systems or severe jaw bone loss may not be suitable for dental implants. If the jaw bone has weakened, we can place a bone graft to regrow bone. Severe atrophy, however, requires more complex bone repair before implant placement is possible.
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