Maryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN
If you have lost a tooth, the finest tooth replacement option currently available in restorative dentistry is a dental implant. No other tooth replacement on the market more closely provides the same feel, function, and appearance of real, natural, healthy teeth than that of a dental implant.
An implant can be installed to replace a single missing tooth, or used to anchor a bridge or denture that replaces multiple lost teeth—up to and including an entire dental arch of teeth. Click here to learn more about our DIEM system, which provides patients with a new set of fixed, non-removable replacement teeth in a single day.
How does a dental implant work?
An implant consists of three parts:
- The implant itself, a titanium screw that is inserted surgically into the jawbone
- A prosthetic tooth, which is matched in shape and color to look just like your other teeth
- An abutment, which connects the implant to the replacement tooth
The advantages of a dental implant
The implant screw is what makes a dental implant the top tooth replacement option currently available. This is because the implant stimulates the supporting bone structure the same way as the tooth root. No other tooth replacement offers this replacement of the stimulation provided by the tooth root. Without this stimulation, the body absorbs the jawbone and results in teeth that drift out of place.
Other benefits of receiving a dental implant include:
- Permanent. Because an implant is inserted surgically in the mouth, it will not slip or shift like traditional dentures.
- Resistant to decay. An implant is easy to maintain. To clean it, just brush and floss your new implant the same way you do your other teeth.
At Cedar Street Family Dentistry, we construct a dental implant to maintain or even improve the alignment of your bite. This helps prevent oral health and cosmetic concerns.
What can I expect from the installation of an implant?
A dental implant procedure entails multiple appointments to our office, which likely will be several months apart.
At the first visit, after you receive an anesthetic to ensure you experience no discomfort throughout your procedure, Maryville implant dentist, Dr. Ben Sentell, surgically inserts the implant into your jawbone. Your jawbone fuses to the implant as you heal from this surgery. While every person heals differently, you can expect this healing process to take approximately 3-6 months.
At the subsequent appointment, Dr. Sentell will cover your implant with a permanent dental crown, which serves as the visible portion of the implant that resembles a tooth.
Installing a dental implant is a complicated procedure that only should be conducted by a Maryville implant dentist with significant experience performing the procedure, preferably one with a background in oral surgery. Dr. Sentell of Cedar Street Family Dentistry possesses this knowledge and experience worthy of completing a successful dental implant procedure.
Are dental implants right for me?
Dental implants are not a valid treatment option for children or any individual who suffers from gum disease. Dr. Sentell will perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health before beginning any work on an implant. We must treat the gum disease first before installing an implant. This is to ensure the success of your new dental implant. Click here to learn more about how we can treat your gum disease.
Dental Implants in Maryville
To learn more about dental implants or any of the other tooth replacement options available at Cedar Street Family Dentistry, call our Maryville office today at (865) 233-7640 to schedule your initial consultation.
Cedar Street Family Dentistry is here to serve patients in the areas of Maryville, Alcoa, and Knoxville in East Tennessee.