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
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!"
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."
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."
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."
Lisa Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I came to see Dr. Young to have teeth extracted and implants put in. I had teeth that were not able to be saved. I love coming in here; everybody’s so nice to me, and the procedures go by really, really quick, and I had no pain. I had a little bit of just throbbing after the initial implant, but after that, I had nothing; I didn’t have to take any pain medicine at all. Dr. Young is just so much fun; he’s always really nice, comes in with a smile, lets you know exactly what needs to be done and gets you right in. If anybody in the Brentwood, Spring Hill, Franklin area ever needed to have implants or extractions, I would definitely recommend Dr. Young and his staff."
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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