This implant option is often used to treat patients missing a small number of teeth. Single-tooth implants consist of two parts: the implant that acts as an artificial tooth root, and the crown that acts as an artificial tooth.
Full-arch implants use a series of 4-6 implants that are placed in the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth. These implants are used to support a removable implant-supported denture or a non-removable fixed bridge.
Overdentures, also known as “implant-supported dentures” are designed to snap into place onto a series of 4-6 dental implants. They are a great alternative to traditional dentures, since they do not shift or move in your mouth and help support the strength of your jaw.
Our dentists create implant-supported restorations of all types, including dental crowns, implant-supported dentures, and fixed bridges. Dr. Luis and Dr. Tori are experienced implant dentists in Farragut, and they will make sure that the results of your treatment look beautiful and feel natural.
During your consultation, Dr. Luis or Dr. Tori will determine if you’re a good candidate for implants. If so, they will develop your treatment plan using a 3D CBCT x-ray which is required for treatment. In some cases bone and gum grafting may be necessary for the long-term success of dental implants.
Your next appointment will be your implant placement surgery. A dental implant acts as your new tooth root, so it's essential that it's placed properly. With the help of 3D CBCT x-rays and sedation options, our team can place your dental implants accurately and comfortably.
After your placement, you’ll come back for a series of checkups to ensure that your healing process is on track. Once healing is complete, we will attach your natural-looking restoration.
To be a good candidate for dental implants, you must have a healthy mouth and jaw. If your jaw is not strong enough to support one or more implants it may be possible to strengthen your jaw with procedures like a bone graft or sinus lift. Call us today to schedule a consultation and see if you’re a good candidate!
It takes about two weeks for your mouth to recover from the initial implant placement process. Make sure to follow your post-operative recovery instructions during this time.
Over a period of 3-6 months, the implant will permanently bond with your jaw, becoming an artificial tooth root to which an implant-supported restoration can be attached.
You’ll come in for multiple appointments while you heal to have your implant-supported restoration built. Once your mouth is fully healed, your restoration will be permanently bonded to your implant.
The cost of dental implants varies for each patient and depends on your unique case.
It’s difficult to provide you with an accurate estimate for the cost of your treatment, as there are a variety of different factors that may affect the cost of your implant procedure. During your consultation, we will assess your smile to determine how much your treatment will cost. We offer a wide range of payment and financing options to bring the cost of treatment within your budget.
This depends on a few different factors. First, you must have a generally healthy mouth, and be free of common issues like tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease. If you have any chronic oral health issues, these must be dealt with before your implants can be placed.
Your jaw bone must also be healthy enough for a dental implant. If you get an implant soon after losing your tooth, you will likely be a good candidate for dental implants. However, if you wait, your jaw bone will begin to lose mass in a process called “bone resorption,” which is common after tooth loss.
If you lose a lot of jaw bone strength, you may need a “bone graft” before you can get a dental implant. This procedure involves opening up the area, placing bone powder around the jaw bone, and then stitching it shut and allowing it to heal. Over time, natural bone grows around the grafted bone, strengthening your jaw sufficiently to accommodate an implant.
You also must not be a smoker, or must be willing to quit smoking for the 6-8 month duration of implant placement and healing. Smoking tobacco or using other forms of oral tobacco can cause serious complications and impair the healing process. Because of this, some dentists may even refuse to treat smokers who want dental implants unless they cease smoking.
Not sure if you’re a good candidate for dental implants? Confident Smiles & Implants is here to help. Contact us online to get an appointment with Dr. Luis or Dr. Tori Mariusso, and find out if dental implants are the right option for replacing your missing tooth.
Wondering why dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth? There are a few reasons.
First, dental implants are the most natural method of tooth restoration. The design, which uses an implant to imitate a tooth root and a crown to replace a missing tooth, is very similar to the structure of a natural tooth. Implants never move or shift, so they look, feel, and function just like real teeth. You can even brush and floss single-tooth implants just like you would clean your natural teeth, with no special care required.
In addition to this, dental implants have a far superior lifespan compared to other methods of tooth restoration, such as partial dentures or dental bridges. This is because Implants permanently bond with your gums and jaw, and essentially become a natural part of your mouth. With proper oral hygiene, your implant will last you for the rest of your life.
The final, and perhaps most important reason, is that dental implants strengthen your jaw bone, and this is something no other tooth replacement does. The implant places pressure and force on your jaw bone when you chew and eat, which prevents “bone resorption,” where the jaw bone weakens after tooth loss. Over time, bone resorption can negatively affect your appearance, and treatments like bridges and dentures don’t stop this process.
For all of these reasons, dental implants are a great choice for restoring missing teeth. So don’t wait. Get in touch with Confident Smiles & Implants now to see if they’re right for you.