Reconstructive and Implant Dentistry
Dental implants work because they are made from a material, which biologically bonds with living bone. The majority of modern implant cases utilize root form implants, which are secured into bone and can provide the anchor for one or more artificial teeth. A root form implant mimics the shape and function of a natural tooth’s root.
There are almost as many treatment options with dental implants as there are individuals with dental problems. The professionals at Implant and General Dentistry of Middle Tennessee are trained and experienced in implant dentistry and can suggest the implant type and treatment options best suited to your needs. Dental implants are the closest thing to perfectly natural teeth, and must be treated the same way. Implants are designed to last a lifetime. Proper brushing, flossing and regular, periodic check-ups are essential to ensure the lasting health of the implant.
The full procedure for placing dental implants is usually completed in three stages:
The first stage is the surgical placement of the titanium implant either into or over the jawbone.
This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia during a single office visit. New bone immediately begins its regeneration process, growing back around the implant and making it more secure.
It takes between 3 and 6 months for proper healing after implants have been placed. During this time you can wear a temporary partial or dentures so that you never have to appear without teeth.
Once the bone has had adequate time to fuse to the implant, the implant is uncovered and a small metal post, called an abutment, is inserted into the exposed top. Impressions are taken to fabricate the temporary and the final prosthesis (for example: a single crown, splinted crowns, bridge, implant supported denture).
In stage 3, the replacement teeth are adjusted and fitted onto the implant posts.