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
- 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.
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
Ross Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I had a real problem with a molar in my upper mouth, and I went to see a person who might do a root canal on it, and that person said there wasn’t enough bone there for that to be done. It would just be wasting my money, and she recommended that I come see Dr. Clark and have the tooth extracted. When I first saw Dr. Clark, he said he’d have no problem doing the extraction, but because I had significant bone loss, he had to first do something, which he called a sinus lift, and then again, because of insufficient bone, Dr. Clark said I had to have some bone grafting done, which would take a little extra time. So, he did all that, and then when I had sufficient bone, he did the implant, and I now have a nice tooth in there, painlessly. Yes, I would very much recommend Dr. Clark."
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."
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."
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."
Teri Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"When I walked into this practice, I felt very welcomed, starting from the front desk all the way back to the doctors and his assistants. My overall experience was wonderful. The staff is absolutely great. Everybody went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. The doctor here is just a sweetheart and he makes me feel very comfortable. I had a very successful procedure. I am beyond pleased that I chose this practice to have my procedure done. I would highly recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery."
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