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.
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
Ron Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Well, I was in need of some dental implants, and quite frankly, I had gone to one of his competitors for my first implant and did not really like the procedure the way that it was performed, and I had heard a lot about Dr. Clark from my dentist, and he recommended him — highly recommended him. Several years ago, I had two teeth extracted on the bottom and had bridges put in, and the bridges were just getting old — probably 15 years old — and felt the need to have those removed. So I came to Dr. Clark to have those implants put in in absence of the bridge. I’m quite impressed with the first implant that Dr. Clark performed, and it was almost night and day to the first. Whereas when you go to some doctors, they come in, they say hi, and they perform the procedure, and then they’re off to the next patient. But Dr. Clark is the type of fella where actually you can get to know him. Southern Oral & Facial Surgery has the best staff in this industry."
Barry Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Well, I broke a tooth when we lived in California, and I got a temporary crown, and then when we got to Franklin, we found Dr. Clark, and I wanted the dental implant, so we came and met him, and he did a great job. I'm very happy with the work he did. The procedure went great. I came in, and he did extract the tooth — there was not much left — and then he put a post in and let it heal, and then I came back in and had my implant put in. Dr. Clark is a very smart man. He is very good at explaining what he does, and so you have a good understanding of the process and procedures you're going through. He's very personable, very friendly. My wife and I both love him. If any of my friends or family needed dental implants in Franklin, Brentwood, or Springhill area, I would certainly recommend them to go see Dr. Clark."
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."
Brian Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"I had to come see Dr. Lewallen because I broke a tooth on a french fry, and I had to get it extracted, and I went ahead and elected to get a dental implant. I think the tooth had been dead for a while, so luckily, I was not in any pain. Oh, it went great with Dr. Lewallen. He explained everything that was going to be happening, told me the detail of everything he was going to be doing. Pretty amazing to see how the implant went in and what it actually is, and he showed me everything as he was doing it, and he literally had the tooth pulled and the implant put in within 30 minutes, it seemed like, or less, and I didn’t feel a thing. It was really smooth and easy. I would definitely recommend that all my friends and family come to see Dr. Lewallen at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery."
Kandy Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I met Dr. Young after some trouble with a four-tooth bridge that was getting worse. We had it checked and found that the root of the anchor tooth was broken, so I went in, and we had to see about how to repair that. Since it was three to four teeth we were considering, I also had a wisdom tooth extracted, and then Dr. Young was able to put in three dental implants and line everything up perfectly. After each procedure, Dr. Young would call me. He would ask how I was doing. He would ask if I needed anything, ask how I felt, and it meant a lot. I would recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery, probably Dr. Young, and I have already recommended them to several people."
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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