Dentistry of Nashville is proud to offer high-quality dental implants to our patients who wish to restore their smiles.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that supports a porcelain crown. The base of the implant is referred to as the implant fixture. It fuses directly with your jawbone through a process called “osseointegration.” This is an essential part of the implant process because osseointegration allows your jawbone to develop a secure foundation to support the dental implant. Without that support, your jawbone can start to deteriorate and give your face a more sunken appearance.
Unlike other tooth replacement options such as dentures or dental bridges, dental implants restore both the surface area and the root of your tooth. This makes them the healthiest treatment option available for missing teeth.
With dental implants, your face and smile will look healthier, allowing you to enjoy the same quality of life you had before you lost your tooth. Our implants are topped with a handcrafted porcelain crown that looks and feels natural. If you’re looking to improve your smile, we invite you to read more about our dental implant process below.
The Dental Implant Process
At our practice in Nashville, we’ll perform every step of the implant process in one convenient location. In some cases, Dr. Fleming will recommend one or more supplemental procedures to prepare the patient for the dental implant process.
In most cases, the dental implant process will look like this:
Initial Consultation: The first step towards your new smile is scheduling your initial consultation. One of our highly-qualified implant dentists, Dr. Elam, Dr. Fleming, or Dr. Vaughan, will perform a comprehensive oral health evaluation, checking your jawbone density and the state of your gum tissue to determine if you’re ready for dental implants. In some cases, supplemental procedures such as bone grafting or gum augmentation will be necessary to prepare the patient for implant surgery.
Dental Implant Placement: The next step is for our dentist to place your dental implants. The procedure involves creating a small hole to insert the titanium implant fixture into the jawbone. We do everything we can to make the procedure as painless as possible, but sedation is available if you request it.
Adjustment Period: Following your surgery, it will require between 3 and 6 months for the implant to become integrated with your jawbone. This is a very important period in the dental implant process, so it’s vital for patients to keep the surgical site clean and free of irritation.
Crown placement: Once the implant fixture is fully acclimated to your smile, our implant dentist will place the abutment (a connecting piece that goes in the middle) and your attractive new prosthetic crown. Now you’ll be ready to face the world with confidence in your new smile.
At Dentistry of Nashville, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming are involved in every step of the implant process. From surgically placing the implant in the bone, to restoring your smile with a beautiful crown, we are here with you! Contact us to find out more about replacing your teeth with dental implants.