Whether you’re dealing with tooth loss due to trauma, illness, or poor dental health, prompt treatment is necessary. Living with tooth loss for a long period of time can cause your jawbone to deteriorate, your other teeth to shift, and your oral health to plummet.
Dentistry of Nashville is proud to offer dental implants to patients in Nashville, TN.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root created with a special titanium alloy that can fuse directly with your bone. This fusion process is called ‘osseointegration’ and it helps provide your jawbone with the support it needs after a tooth has been lost. When you lose a tooth, without that support, your jawbone can start to deteriorate and give your face a more sunken appearance.
Implant dentistry is the best restorative option for missing teeth, because unlike other restorative treatments, dental implants reinvigorate both the surface area of your tooth and the tooth root. With a dental implant, your face and smile will look healthier, and you will be able to attain the same quality of life you enjoyed before your tooth loss. Our dental implants are topped with a beautiful, handcrafted porcelain crown that looks and feels natural. A dental implant combined with a beautiful porcelain crown creates a perfect, comfortable tooth replacement.
The Dental Implant Process
At our practice, we can place and restore the implant in one convenient location. The duration of your treatment will depend on the state of your oral health, the number of implants that you need, and the length of the healing process. In general, the procedure will look like this:
Initial Consultation: Every patient must come to an initial consultation before having their surgery done. Drs. Elam, Fleming, and Vaughan will perform a comprehensive oral health evaluation to determine if you’re ready for dental implants based on your jawbone density and the state of your gum tissue. If you’re not quite ready, you may need supplemental procedures like bone grafting or gum augmentation to improve your oral health.
Dental Implant Placement: The next step is to have your dental implants placed. While you’re under sedation, one of the doctors will insert a titanium implant post through the gums and into the jawbone, directly in the site of your missing teeth. He may choose to attach the crown and abutment at this time or he may choose to wait.
Healing Period: After your surgery, you will need to wait anywhere between 3-6 months for the implant to integrate with your jawbone. This is a very important phase of the dental implant surgery, so it’s crucial that you keep the surgical site free from irritation.
Crown placement: Once the implant fixture is in place, the doctor can fit on the abutment (the connecting piece) and the prosthetic crown. After that, you’re done! The team at Dentistry of Nashville will send you out the door with confidence that you will enjoy 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.