If you’re missing one or several teeth in Farragut, Lenoir City, or anywhere else in the Greater Knoxville area, Dr. Luis and Dr. Tori Mariusso are here to help. We specialize in implant dentistry, and can permanently restore your smile with single-tooth implants. Contact us now to schedule your appointment and get started today.
Single-tooth implants, as the name implies, are used to replace one missing tooth. They consist of two parts. The first part is the implant “post” or “rod.” This is a screw-shaped piece of titanium, which is surgically implanted in the area where you’ve lost your tooth. Once it heals and bonds with your mouth, it works similarly to a natural tooth root.
This implant supports a porcelain dental crown. This crown is designed to look and feel just like a real tooth, and is permanently attached to the dental implant once it has fully healed and bonded with your mouth. Together, the implant and dental crown mimic the natural anatomy of your tooth.
To begin the process, you’ll need to come to Confident Smiles & Implants for a consultation. Dr. Tori or Dr. Luis will examine your mouth, take x-rays, and assess your condition to determine if a dental implant is right for you.
If you’re approved for a single-tooth implant, you’ll schedule your next appointment at Confident Smiles & Implants. At this appointment, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed, and then Dr. Tori or Dr. Luis will create an opening in your gums and jaw, and place the implant in the proper position. We also offer sedation dentistry to keep you comfortable during this process.
After your implant is placed, the initial healing process will only take a few weeks. However, it takes up to 3-6 months for the implant to permanently bond with your jaw. You will come in for a few follow-ups at Confident Smiles & Implants during this time.
When your implant has fully healed, you will come back to our office for your final appointment. Dr. Tori or Dr. Luis will check your dental crown to make sure it fits perfectly, and then it will be permanently attached to the implant.
With proper care, single-tooth implants will last for the rest of your life. They last much longer than other alternatives like dental bridges and dentures.
Single-tooth dental implants are completely indistinguishable from natural teeth. They will look natural when you smile and feel just like real teeth when you eat and speak.
Because the dental implant is implanted into your jaw bone, it prevents “bone resorption,” which happens when the jaw bone below a missing tooth is no longer stimulated by chewing and biting. This helps protect your overall oral health.
You can treat your single-tooth implant just like a natural tooth. To protect your oral health and your implant, all you need to do is brush twice a day and floss once a day, and see Dr. Tori or Dr. Luis for teeth cleanings and oral exams every six months.