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 potentially permanent solution to 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 dental implants:
- The titanium post, which is placed into the empty tooth socket and acts as the root. For several weeks after its placement, it fuses with the jaw bone until it’s sturdy enough to support the remaining two parts.
- The metal abutment, which attaches the post to the crown.
- The prosthetic crown, which is custom designed to look and function like a natural tooth. Once the crown has been attached, your dental implants are complete.
Their three-part design provides a stable and reliable replacement for your damaged, extracted, or missing teeth.
What does the procedure involve?
There are generally two steps in the implant treatment process: the initial placement of the titanium post and the attachment of the prosthetic crown. How long treatment lasts depends on your individual patient needs and your specific condition. Some patients require a bone graft prior to placement, which involves increased the height and width of the jaw bone to provide adequate support for the dental implants. This procedure can cause your treatment to take more time.
When dental implants first became popular, treatment was often more conservative. If you needed teeth extracted before placement, your oral surgeon required a healing period before you could return for your implants. Nowadays, though some providers still maintain this requirement, our office in Thompson’s Station offers immediate placement. This means that Dr. Clark, Dr. Young, or Dr. Lewallen can perform your placement procedure immediately after your extraction. Doing so helps you avoid a second procedure, an extended treatment process, and having to wait longer for your new tooth. There are some cases where waiting to heal after a tooth removal is necessary, but we will discuss this and the possibility of immediate placement at your consultation appointment.
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. Fortunately, we offer several options to ensure you don’t worry about your smile. 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. Dr. Clark, Dr. Young, or Dr. Lewallen will discuss whether connecting a provisional tooth is appropriate for your treatment.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Look and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are uniquely designed to mimic the exact 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.
- Long-term solution for restoring teeth. Unlike traditional replacement methods, which must be replaced after 5-10 years, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime if 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 socket. The jaw bone also 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.
- Easy care routine and worry-free eating. Eating your favorite foods is not a problem with this tooth replacement solution 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.
- Maintain natural appearance. 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.
Am I a candidate for dental implants in Thompson’s Station, TN?
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, we encourage you to visit our office in Thompson’s Station for a consultation. Your oral surgeon will review your health history, examine your current condition, and determine the best treatment for your needs. You can learn more about the procedure on our website, by calling our office, and by scheduling an appointment at our practice.