If you are missing teeth, you deserve the most secure and realistic restorations available. That is why Iroquois Family Dentistry proudly offers state-of-the-art dental implants treatment. We can provide aesthetic, long-lasting, and remarkably stable restorations to top dental implants, which replace missing teeth and protect your long-term oral health. Our Nashville, TN, practice uses CEREC technology and years of experience to craft restorations conveniently, quickly, and with the utmost precision. Dr. K.B. Parkes, Dr. Gary Waltemath, or Dr. Karen S. Keenan can oversee your entire treatment to ensure the highest level of care possible.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. These small, titanium posts can support all types of dental restorations. The right implant-supported prosthetic for you will depend on the degree of tooth loss you have experienced. If you only have one missing tooth, an implant-supported crown will be sufficient. An implant-supported bridge or denture is required if you need to replace multiple teeth or even a full dental arch.
In order to receive dental implants, it is essential that you have a healthy jawbone. Strong bone tissue will support the posts for long-term results. If you have suffered significant bone recession, this may affect your candidacy. Fortunately, you may be able to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift to improve your chances of successful treatment. By supplementing your jawbone structure, your practitioner can create a solid base for the implants.
The Restoration Process
Dental implants are placed in the jawbone during a minor, outpatient surgery. Over the next four to six months, the metal posts will fuse with your bone during a process called osseointegration. Eventually, the dental implants will replace your tooth roots, becoming a permanent part of your jaw. When you have fully healed, Dr. Parkes, Dr. Waltemath, or Dr. Keenan can attach your custom restoration.
Because dental implants function almost identically to tooth roots, your restoration will never slip out of position. You can eat all of your favorite foods without any restrictions, as well as speak and smile with confidence.
We will use our CEREC system to take impressions of your gums and natural teeth. These highly detailed scans allow us to design a restoration that will have a near-perfect fit and a natural, realistic appearance. Your crown, bridge, or denture will then connect directly to the implants with abutment pieces or specialized dental cement. If you are receiving an implant-supported crown or bridge, we may be able to conveniently create your restoration in our office in a single appointment.
Though there are many restorative options to choose from, implants offer several significant advantages, including:
- Lasting solutions: Dental implants are extremely durable. With appropriate hygiene and routine dental visits, they will typically last the rest of your life.
- Stability: Because dental implants function almost identically to dental roots, your restoration will never slip out of place. You can eat all of your favorite foods without any restrictions, as well as speak and smile with confidence.
- Natural appearance: Your implant-supported restoration will look extremely lifelike because it will rest firmly against your gums. In contrast, other removable restorations require attachment pieces and adhesive. We will also use advanced materials to provide the natural-looking appearance you deserve.
- Jaw health: By replacing your dental roots, implants will also perform the same function in your overall oral health. As you chew and speak, the posts will send regenerative signals to your jaw. By triggering new bone growth, dental implants prevent bone recession and further tooth loss.
Understand Your Options
Dental implants and implant-supported restorations are an important investment. It is important to visit a practitioner who can provide the best possible results. Our office has been providing outstanding care since 1946. Each of our dentists is very experienced and knows how to create personalized, beautiful, and realistic restorations. We will continually monitor your progress after implant placement to ensure your smile remain strong, healthy, and aesthetic. To benefit from dental implants and our skilled treatment, contact us online or call (615) 298-2040 today. During an appointment, we can assess your candidacy, explain the cost of treatment, and answer all of your questions.