Dental Implants in Thompson’s Station, TN
Healthy Tooth Replacement for Long-Term Confidence in Your Smile
If you have missing teeth or damaged teeth that need extracting, you may be able to replace them with dental implants at our office in Thompson’s Station, TN. They provide a long-term solution for tooth loss by restoring both the root and the crown with a natural-looking and fully functional replacement.
There are three parts that make up a dental implant: the titanium post, which is placed into the empty tooth socket and acts as the root; the abutment, which connects the post to the crown; and the crown, which is customized to blend in with the other teeth. A dental implant’s three-part design provides a stable and reliable replacement for damaged, extracted, or missing teeth.
At Southern Oral & Facial Surgery in Thompson’s Station, TN, we proudly offer a variety of dental implant treatment options to patients looking to achieve a complete and healthier smile. Contact our Thompson’s Station office today to schedule your appointment.
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
Look and Function Like Natural Teeth.
Dental implants are uniquely designed to mimic the appearance and function of your regular teeth. Their self-supportive nature means you can eat whatever you want without worrying about them breaking or falling out.
Unlike traditional replacement methods, which must be replaced after 5–10 years, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime when cared for properly.
Prevent Dental Shifting and Bone Loss.
When teeth are not replaced after they are lost or extracted, it’s common for nearby teeth to begin shifting into the empty space. The jaw bone loses the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and begins deteriorating. Implants replace the entire tooth down to the root, meaning the jaw bone gets the stimulation it needs, and nearby teeth are unable to move into the empty socket.
Eat your favorite foods with confidence because dental implants function just like regular teeth. Caring for your new teeth is as easy as caring for regular teeth as well. They simply require routine brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist for cleanings.
The integration of your new tooth and your jaw bone prevents bone loss, which also means your facial appearance remains intact. When teeth are missing and bone loss occurs, it can cause facial sagging and an altered facial aesthetic. Implants help you maintain your natural appearance and confidence.
Dental implants preserve tooth alignment, prevent bone loss, restore your ability to eat, and eliminate the need for dentures.
Types of Dental Implants in Thompson’s Station, TN
- Immediate (Same-Day) Implants. We can perform your placement procedure immediately after your extraction. Doing so helps avoid a second procedure and provides immediate tooth restoration.
- Single Implants. Our surgeons can place a single dental implant anywhere in the mouth to restore or replace a tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. A dental implant can be inserted to support a bridge where multiple teeth are missing next to each other. Traditional bridges require your healthy teeth to be ground down for the bridge, but when an implant supports the bridge, your natural teeth are protected.
- All-on-4® Treatment Concept. Four dental implant posts are inserted into one or both dental arches and used to secure a fixed denture. This type of full-arch restoration allows patients to leave our office with a new, fully functioning set of teeth.
Dental Implant Surgery
There are generally two steps in the implant treatment process: the initial placement of the titanium post and the attachment of the prosthetic crown. Some patients require a bone graft prior to placement, which involves increasing the height and width of the jaw bone to provide adequate support for the dental implants. During the consultation, we will go over the details of your treatment, take 3D scans, and discuss your options for anesthesia.
The surgery lasts about 1 hour per implant. Your oral surgeon will administer the selected form of anesthesia, make a small incision in the gum tissue, and place the implant post. It takes several months for the post to fuse with the jaw bone. Once ready, your restorative dentist will place the final crown.
There is a waiting period between the placement of the titanium post and the prosthetic crown, which is necessary to let the post integrate with the jaw bone. This waiting period is the biggest concern our patients have during treatment because they wonder how their smile will look with a missing tooth. In many cases, we can attach a provisional (temporary) tooth to the implant post at the time of placement. This option is popular for patients who are replacing front teeth with dental implants. It’s also beneficial because the provisional tooth preserves the natural appearance and shape of your gums, which helps create an optimal aesthetic result at the end of treatment.
We use the highest quality of materials for our dental implants so our patients can enjoy beautiful, lasting results.
Cost and Value of Dental Implants
We make oral surgery affordable to more patients by accepting many payment methods and offering financing options. We will provide you with a cost estimate during the consultation, which factors in the number of implants, anesthesia, insurance, and the need for additional procedures.
By choosing dental implants, you are taking a step in the direction of better oral health. They have high success rates and superior longevity compared to removable dentures. Patients with dentures often find them cumbersome and dislike having to go without teeth during meals and cleaning. Dental implants, however, remain in your mouth at all times.
They are the only tooth replacement option available that fuses to the jaw bone to prevent bone loss associated with missing teeth. Dentures and bridges only cosmetically restore your smile, doing nothing to protect the health of bone underneath. If you are looking for a long-term tooth replacement solution with natural-looking results, dental implants at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery are the right choice.
Missing or failing teeth can affect proper speech, oral health, and oral function. Partial dentures, bridges, and dental implants are restoration options that replace missing teeth and improve your smile.
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
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."
Irene Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I came to see Dr. Clark; I was referred by my dentist that I needed an extraction because I had a gum infection, and the bone was deteriorating. When I got here, I had met with Dr. Clark; I was extremely apprehensive because I had never had anything like this done, but after meeting with him I was very much at ease and understood the fact that I was going to have to have an extraction done and then an implant. I was also impressed with the fact that he has a medical MD, which also put me at ease and showed me that his expertise is even more experienced than somebody who might not be. The staff, actually there are different personalities, but each one of them are very experienced, know exactly how to handle anxiety, and give you detailed information of what the steps of the procedure will be. Actually, my extraction was just about pain-free. My recovery was excellent, and I do want to add this that being in the medical field, the care was absolutely phenomenal, and Dr. Clark personally makes a call to check on you to make sure you’re okay, and it was very impressive."
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."
Tim Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"I knew that I had a tooth that was broke. I knew that I would have to have a dental implant. I came in; I met with Dr. Clark near Spring Hill, TN. I understood the procedure. His office staff came in, and they walked me through the financial responsibilities, and I had the procedure the same day. It took about an hour and a half, and the procedure was over. I went home; I took the pain medication or the medications as prescribed. I had absolutely no discomfort, no swelling; it was easy. And then that night, Dr. Clark gave me a call. It wasn't a courtesy call. I could tell that he was sincere about it. The next day, I got up and felt fine. There was no problems whatsoever. I've had three implants done, with two different oral surgeons, and again, I would go nowhere else. I recommend going to Southern Oral Facial Surgery for anyone in the Spring Hill, TN area."
Andy Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Coming into this practice, you get a very strong sense of professionalism. [The] staff here is wonderful. They always make you feel at ease. They always greet you with a smile and just extremely professional. The doctor here is highly, highly educated—really knows what he’s doing. My procedure here was extremely successful. The recovery was quick and easy, and the doctor reached out to make sure that I was doing okay after the procedure that evening, and that really meant a lot to me. To my friends and family in Brentwood, I would absolutely recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery."
Frequently Asked Questions
Who qualifies for dental implants?
Patients with missing or failing teeth are candidates for dental implants. If there is not enough jaw bone to support the implant, we can insert a bone graftto help more patients qualify for implant-based restoration.
Can dental implants be done in one day?
Same-day or immediate implants are inserted at the same appointment as a tooth extraction, provided the patient has enough jaw bone to support the implant. Full-arch restoration is completed in 1 day and is sometimes referred to as a “same-day smile.” This procedure involves extracting the remaining teeth, inserting dental implant posts, and attaching a fixed denture to completely restore a patient’s smile.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
Oral surgeons are trained to administer all types of anesthesia, which you can choose from for your oral surgery. Simple implant placements, where the socket is prepared and bone grafting is not necessary, can be performed with local anesthesia. More complex procedures that involve extractions or multiple placements may require IV sedation. These options keep you comfortable and relaxed during your procedure.
Does food get under implants?
Your implant will act just like your other teeth, which means food can get stuck around it. Brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth clean and avoid plaque buildup.
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