Dental Implants

Maryville and Knoxville, TN

Dental implants are becoming America’s preferred solution for one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are stable, solid and act as close as the natural tooth as we can get. They look and feel natural as well. There are a number of restorative options for missing teeth, not of which are as functionally effective and nor have the longevity that dental implants have.

There are many reasons for tooth loss such as trauma, disease and infection, but there is a big chance that dental implants can offer the ideal solution for your situation. After more than 25 years in service, the vast majority of dental implants that were placed in the United States continue to function and feel natural to those wearing them.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a replacement for a missing root of a tooth. The titanium implant post is anchored into the jawbone, allowing a natural looking custom made dental crown to be attached. The anchor stimulates growth of new bone, forming them together and holding the implant in place. The end result is an astonishingly strong, stable tooth that looks just like a natural tooth.

A dental implant is composed of 3 parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment that acts as the connection between the implant and the tooth that fits inline with the other teeth and the dental implant crown (permanent tooth), which fits onto the abutment for a natural looking appearance.

When a missing tooth is replaced by a dental implant, the fusion of the implant and bone provides stability, just as the natural tooth did, which is a major component of the jawbone solidity.

If several teeth are missing in the same area, patients can still enjoy the confidence and lifestyle benefits that are produced by dental implants. The dentist will place two or more dental implants, depending on the number of teeth that are missing. The new replacement teeth will then be attached to the implants to establish excellent function and prevent bone loss. The dental implants will serve as a stable support that tightly locks into the replacement teeth.

Dental Implants Have Outperformed Dentures And Bridges

Not long ago, patients had only two solutions for missing teeth other than doing nothing – fixed bridges and dentures. Neither offered a permanent solution for patients. Dentures aren’t fixed in place and move when patients are eating or talking if made poorly. This is an embarrassment for the person wearing them, but also substantial bone loss can occur over time since no root is affixed into the jawbone. (When teeth go missing the bone dissolves away) Fixed bridges, usually, affect the adjacent teeth and sometimes those teeth are healthy and it is not a benefit to the patient to have those teeth cut on.

People who have lost teeth often feel self-conscious when its time to smile or talk. Additionally, tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits, balance in the bite (way the teeth fit together) the muscles (which can cause additional symptoms and discomfort throughout the body) and this can lead to secondary health problems like malnutrition and even sleep related issues. Regardless of the nature of problems related to tooth loss, dental implants can provide scientifically proven results for the patient.

Same Day Teeth (Teeth In A Day) — An Evolution In Implant Dentistry

As implant science continues to advance, the concept of Same Day Teeth has proven popular with patients. Usually, there’s a three to six month integration period whereby the titanium post fuses with the jawbone. However, Same Day Teeth can be completed in just one office visit. Patients who have lost their teeth are especially excited about the prospects of having the procedure completed in such a short time. Ask Dr. Tommy Spears and Dr. Jake Goza if Same Day Teeth are right for you.

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