Dental implants are the gold standard in teeth replacement. Using biocompatible materials, dental implants are secured into your jaw bone, creating a secure, long-lasting foundation for restorations such as dentures, bridges, and crowns. Our doctors can evaluate your candidacy, coordinate, and oversee implant treatment, referring you to a trusted doctor for the surgical procedure. Then we can restore your implants at our Nashville, TN, practice. At Gulch Dental Studio we provide patients with a luxurious environment and high-quality dental care to ensure you receive the best treatment available.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide a superior restorative option for patients seeking a solution for missing or severely damaged teeth that cannot be repaired through restorative dentistry treatments. To replace the entire structure of one or more missing teeth, implants are used in conjunction with restorations. As an alternative to traditional restorations such as dentures, bridges, and crowns, dental implants can act as a secure foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth.
Dangers of Neglecting Treatment of Missing Teeth
There are many dangers associated with missing teeth that can have severe consequences on your oral health. Missing teeth act as a bacteria breeding ground which can lead to infection and increased risk of gum disease. In addition, you may find that your teeth begin to shift to fill the empty space left behind. This can lead to difficulty eating, speaking clearly, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Bone loss can also be caused by missing teeth as there is no longer stimulation in that area of your mouth. Without stimulation, you may begin to lose bone density. If you have suffered from bone loss, you may be in need of an additional oral surgery such as bone grafting or a sinus lift before you can receive implant-supported restorations.
Advantages of This Procedure
There are extensive restorative, cosmetic, and oral health benefits associated with dental implants and implant-supported restorations:
- Stop bone loss
- Improved comfort
- Unparalleled stability
- Relieve difficulty eating, drinking, or chewing
- Looks completely natural
- Prevent bacteria growth
- Improved self-esteem
- Maintain your natural face shape
Dental implants are a powerful solution for the right patient as they restore form and function while renewing the aesthetics of your smile. Our doctors can evaluate your dental health to see if implant-supported restorations are right for you.
Placing Dental Implants
The placement of dental implants requires a minor oral surgery. To begin the dental implant process, the oral surgeon or another type of specialist will create a small opening in your gum, allowing access to the jaw bone. The supportive post will be placed in the jaw, which will serve as the foundation for your implant-supported-restoration. The open space will be sutured closed and a temporary restoration will be placed until osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration means the posts have fully fused with the jaw bone. Generally, this process takes between three to six months.
Dental implants are a powerful solution for the right patient as they restore form and function while renewing the aesthetics of your smile.
Once the osseointegration phase is complete, an abutment will be attached to the implant. We will then take an impression to use as a model for your permanent crown, bridge, or denture. Customized restorations can result in a comfortable fit and natural appearance that matches the color and shape of your smile.
Providing Safe, Lasting Solutions
If you are missing teeth, we can provide a lasting restorative solution. Our experienced doctors have formed our practice on a basis of best practices, client satisfaction, and genuine care for our patients. Contact us online to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants.