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Dental Implants in Nashville

Replacing missing teeth is essential in order to maintain oral health, but the majority of tooth replacement options only restore half the dental structure. Dental implants are the only option that replace the entire tooth roots and crown. Schedule a dental implant consultation or keep reading to find out more about this restorative treatment option.


Implant Placement

Dental implant tooth replacement is a two phase process. The first phase of treatment is the surgical placement of dental implants below the gum line. Before we recommend dental implant restoration, our team determines whether patients are healthy enough and have adequate jawbone density to undergo dental implant placement. The procedure itself is minimally invasive, and patients who are healthy enough to undergo minor medical procedures typically experience no adverse health effects. Those patients with immune compromising illnesses like diabetes may need to partner with a physician to ensure their health prior to placement. For those patients with significantly diminished jawbone density, dental implant placement may also be a challenge. However, it’s not impossible. Bone grafting and unique types of implants make it possible for more patients every year to replace missing teeth with dental implants.

The surgical placement of implants is very straightforward. A small incision is made in the gum line, and an implant post is inserted into the jawbone. The number and location of implants and the amount of time necessary to complete the procedure varies based on the number of missing teeth. Following implant placement, a healing period of several months is necessary to allow the titanium implant post to fuse with the jawbone offering support for a dental prosthetic.

Many patients fear this procedure will be painful and require long periods off of work or from other activities. However most of our patients report minor soreness after the procedure and return to work often that same day if not the next.


Implant Restoration

Once the implant has fused with the jaw, patients return to our practice for implant restoration. Using high quality, custom dental prosthetics, our team connects replacement teeth with implant posts restoring smiles stably and effectively. Restorations may require the placement of abutments to attach the prosthetic to one or more implant posts, and for partial and full dentures, we provide both removable and permanent attachment options based on patient preference. Any tooth replacement solution can be anchored to a dental implant for increased stability, and to preserve jawbone density and gum tissue volume. We offer single tooth replacement with implant supported dental crowns and multiple consecutive and nonconsecutive tooth replacements with implant supported dental prosthetics.


Implant Supported Dental Prosthetics

We offer implant supported dental prosthetics for those patients missing several consecutive or nonconsecutive teeth. Our implant retained tooth replacement options include:

  • Implant supported dental bridges – like traditional fixed bridge, the implant supported option is a prosthetic composed of one or more replacement teeth fused together, but instead of attaching to surrounding teeth, the prosthetic is supported by implants. Some patients choose to replace a full arch of teeth with several implant supported fixed bridges for the most natural looking and feeling restoration.
  • Implant supported partial dentures – a partial denture is a number of replacement teeth attached to a gum colored base used to fill in gaps left by missing teeth and is attached to patients’ smiles with clasps. The implant supported version can either be removable or permanently attached to implants.
  • Implant supported full dentures – full dentures are a row of replacement teeth set into a gum colored base shaped to connect with patients’ gum tissue through natural suction. The implant supported option requires a smaller, lighter base and can be removable or permanently attached to implants based on patient preference.