Do you have missing teeth in your smile zone? Are your traditional dental bridges not cutting it anymore?
Dental implants provide a permanent and natural looking solution for missing teeth. We offer dental implants in Knoxville, TN at Today’s Dentistry. A dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire set of missing teeth. The process may take a couple of months, but it offers the best long-term results. For dental implant restoration, Dr. Pamela Cain works with her trusted local surgical partner, periodontist Dr. Robert Cain. Dr. Robert is a periodontist who works closely with Dr. Pamela Cain to coordinate dental implant treatment.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
It is important to replace missing teeth as quickly as possible to avoid damage to your gums, bone, or alignment of your bite. Dental implants are the best option to prevent further damage to your mouth from lost teeth. They not only give you a beautiful new tooth, but also support your overall oral health. Teeth serve a very important role in the appearance of the face by supporting the lips, cheeks, and jaw structure.
When you are missing teeth, premature facial sagging can occur. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can make you look younger. They fuse to your jawbone and support your facial structure, as natural teeth do. Traditional dentures and dental bridges do not offer this much long-term support.
With dental implants, it will no longer be difficult to eat or speak, and you will regain confidence in social situations. Replacing missing teeth can improve your quality of life.
Dental Implants in Knoxville TN Case Study
Before: The patient’s two front teeth were abscessed and had to be extracted.
After: Two implants were placed where the teeth were missing, a pair of temporary crowns were placed first, then the implants were restored with porcelain dental crowns that look very undetectable.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What benefits do teeth implants offer?
Most forms of tooth replacement don’t stimulate jawbone growth. After we lose one or more teeth, the body stops sending doses of crucial nutrients to the surrounding jawbone tissue, causing it to dissolve, which in turn leads to further tooth loss and an aged appearance. Even if you wear a bridge or denture, the dental ridges will still change shape. However, dental implants stimulate jawbone growth, meaning your facial structure is preserved.
Can anyone receive dental implants?
We look for patients without enough sturdy jawbone tissue to support the new teeth. If you have lost jawbone tissue due to tooth loss, you may first need to undergo a bone grafting procedure. In addition, we look at the presence of periodontitis. The advanced stage of gum disease, periodontitis can cause the new teeth to fail. We will need to address any underlying gum issues before proceeding with tooth replacement.
What if I lost multiple teeth?
If you’ve lost multiple teeth, then we can use multiple implants to secure a bridge or denture that is fixed in place.
Do implants require periodic replacement?
Bridges and removable dentures often require replacement as the jawbone changes shape. However, since dental implants prevent loss of jawbone density, they can last for decades or possibly even a lifetime.
The Dental Implant Process at Today’s Dentistry
In order to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Cain will conduct a comprehensive evaluation. The entire oral system is considered including the teeth, gums, jaw joints and muscles. Using digital x-rays and other diagnostic tools, she will create a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Robert will place the implant, a tiny titanium post, into the bone. The dental implant will be allowed to heal and integrate with the natural bone, serving as an artificial root for the new tooth. Once the implant has healed, a dental crown will be secured into place.
With proper care and maintenance, a tooth implant is a permanent solution for tooth loss. Materials used in the dental crown will be selected carefully depending on where in the mouth the tooth is being replaced. A dental implant will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. You will be able to eat and drink without special restrictions!
Alternatives to dental implants in Knoxville, TN may include full or partial dentures, and dental bridges. Consider upgrading your old dentures to modern implant-supported dentures with Dr. Pamela Cain at Today’s Dentistry. Schedule an appointment by calling (865) 219-3622, or online today.