Dental implants at our Knoxville, TN, practice are the strongest, longest-lasting solution to replacing missing teeth. In addition to drastically improving your ability to speak and to eat, they also help retain bone mass in the jaw for better oral health. If you choose this state-of-the-art tooth restoration method, Dr. Gary Kinder will refer you to a local implant specialist for your dental implant placement surgery. Once you have fully recovered, he will work with a dental lab to fabricate your customized dental crown, bridge, or denture and affix it permanently to the implants. Dental implant-supported restorations look, feel, and function more like your natural teeth than any other option available.
The Dental Implant Process
The titanium implant is first inserted into your jaw with a simple surgical procedure. Over a period of months, the implant heals together with the bone. After it has stabilized, we will permanently attach a dental crown or other type of tooth replacement with a connector to the implant.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are synthetic tooth roots made of titanium. They are designed to integrate into the jawbone for supreme support for a dental crown or other type of tooth restoration. Because your body perceives them as tooth roots, they stimulate the jawbone to retain bone mass. This helps prevent further tooth loss, and also helps maintain a fuller facial appearance. Candidates for dental implants should be free from periodontal disease and have adequate jawbone structure to support the implants. If you do not have sufficient jawbone mass, you may need a bone graft to become eligible.
Dental implant-supported restorations look, feel, and function more like your natural teeth than any other option available.
Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Tooth loss generally occurs from decay, trauma, or disease. Although Dr. Kinder will do everything possible to help save your natural tooth, an extraction is sometimes necessary to help prevent further damage. Once tooth loss occurs, it can lead to jawbone degeneration and dental misalignment. Replacing your missing teeth as soon as possible helps protect your remaining teeth and oral health, and helps you avoid problems with speaking and eating.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
Dr. Kinder will perform a detailed examination to evaluate your candidacy for dental implants and to help formulate your personalized treatment plan. Since he does not personally place dental implants, Dr. Kinder will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon in the Knoxville area to perform dental implant surgery.
During your implant placement procedure, the oral surgeon will administer anesthesia and optional sedation for your comfort. Once the area is completely numb and you are comfortable, the surgeon will make small incisions into the gums and carefully insert the small posts into your jaw. The extent and length of your procedure will depend on the number of implants being placed. The procedure typically takes one to a few hours.
Because the implants require an extensive four to six month recovery, known as osseointegration, the oral surgeon will carefully monitor you over the next few months to ensure the implant posts are fusing properly with your jawbone. Once you have healed, he will attach a connector called an abutment to the dental implant, which provides a stable attachment for the crown, bridge, or denture. This recovery will take about one to two weeks.
When you have fully recovered, Dr. Kinder will take impressions of your mouth for the dental lab to use in designing your customized, natural-looking restoration. In most cases, the restoration fabrication process will take one to two weeks. After it is delivered, a follow-up appointment will be set for Dr. Kinder to attach your lifelike dental restoration to the implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement available. Patients with implant-supported restorations can enjoy:
- Long-lasting results
- Healthy jawbone structure
- Improved oral health and functionality
- Improved aesthetics and self-confidence
Don’t let missing teeth inhibit your smile or dental function. Contact our office today to schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Kinder.