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.

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

Tim Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure

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"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."

Ron Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure

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"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."

Jason Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure

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"Well, I came to see Dr. Clark to have my, actually, front two teeth extracted and implants placed. I had my front two teeth knocked out when I was very young, and basically, they were starting to fall out. I was a little nervous coming in at first, just because I didn’t know what to expect, kind of unfamiliar with the whole process. But once I came in, Dr. Clark and his staff was very good at explaining what was going to happen. My procedure went great; Dr. Clark said it was clinically almost perfect. I have a great smile now, very confident when I can talk and smile, so I was very pleased with the outcome. I would recommend Dr. Clark to any of my family, friends, associates; he is a great doctor, and I had a great experience with him."

Robert Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure

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"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."

Barry Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure

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"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."

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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