Dental Implants for Nashville
For years, tooth replacement options only restored the parts of the teeth that are visible when patients smile. While this allowed patients to enjoy improved cosmetic appearance and increased ability to eat a variety of foods, without the root system, patients’ oral health was still at risk. Dental implants offer an alternative. By replacing the roots and crown of teeth, these restorations not only provide the most stable and secure replacement option, they also offer significantly improved oral health compared with the traditional tooth replacement solutions. Contact our Nashville dental team to find out more or schedule a dental implant consultation today.
Dental implants are versatile enough to support any number of replacement teeth because they mimic the smile’s natural structure. Regardless of the number of dental implants necessary to support a specific restoration, the placement procedure is the same. Prior to the surgical procedure, patients visit our office for a treatment planning session where we determine the ideal positioning of the implant post. The day of surgery, a small incision is made in the gum line, and the implant post is inserted and covered with a protective cap. For three to six months, a process known as osseointegration occurs where the supportive alveolar bone and gum tissue regrows around the implant fusing with the post as it would natural tooth roots. Once this process is complete, patients return to our office where their restoration is placed.
Implant Crowns & Bridges
Patients missing one tooth or up to four consecutive teeth, will need an implant supported dental crown or bridge. An individual missing tooth or two in a row are typically replaced with a single dental implant supporting a crown or two connected crowns. Patients with three or four consecutive missing teeth will usually need two dental implants to support either side of a fixed bridge.
Patients with more extensive tooth loss will likely need an implant supported partial or full denture. Like their traditional counterparts, these prosthetics are composed of a series of replacement teeth set into a gum colored base. Rather than being supported by surrounding teeth or through natural suction, implant supported dentures are connected to strategically positioned dental implants for optimal stability. We offer both fixed and removable solutions depending on patient preference.
Mini Dental Implants
As the name implies, mini implants are smaller versions of traditional dental implant posts. They are a great option for patients with minimal jaw bone density who would still like added support for their tooth replacement prosthetic, and those patients who need to replace smaller teeth (like the front teeth). The placement and restoration process for mini implants is the same, but the osseointegration stage is typically much shorter.