Traditional tooth replacement solutions like fixed bridges and dentures only replace those parts of missing teeth that are visible above the gum line. Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted below the gums allowing our team to replace the lost root structure as well as providing natural feeling support for the replacement tooth or teeth. Dr. Paige Prather has completed advanced training the allows her to safely and successfully complete dental implant supported tooth replacement procedures all in the comfort of our Franklin, TN dental office. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implant supported tooth replacement, read on or call our team to schedule a consultation today.
To replace missing teeth with dental implant supported restorations, patients will need to undergo a two phase treatment process. The initial phase requires the surgical placement of one or more dental implant posts below the gum line. Because dental implant supported tooth replacement requires a surgical procedure, we’ll need to complete a thorough health history prior to recommending this treatment option. As long as you are healthy enough for minimally invasive medical procedures, have not experienced serious concerns related to surgical treatment, and you have adequate jawbone density to support the implant post, we can typically provide dental implant supported tooth replacement. We can typically work with physicians if you’re taking one or more prescription medication or suffer from an immune compromising illness like diabetes.
When we determine dental implants are right for you, we can begin the surgical implant placement process. The procedure itself is relatively straightforward. We’ll need to place a small incision in the gum tissue where we’ll insert the dental implant post. As long as there is adequate jawbone density to support the implant, the implant will begin fusing with the bone and gum tissue mimicking natural root structure. This process is known as osseointegration. If you do not have adequate bone density to support the implant, we may need to perform a bone graft prior to dental implant placement.
Following the placement of the dental implants, patients will need to wait three to six months for the osseointegration process to be completed prior to returning to our office where we’ll attach the dental restoration. While this may seem like a huge time commitment, the results are much longer lasting than other dental restoration options.
When the osseointegration process is complete, patients will come back to our Franklin, TN dental office where we’ll attach their restoration. For a single missing tooth, patients will have a custom crafted dental crown attached to their implant using an abutment. The abutment is a connector that is attached prior to the restoration appointment, and used by our dental lab to craft a custom crown. We can also create a same day dental crown using our CEREC system to complete your dental implant supported tooth replacement.
For those patients who have experienced more advanced tooth loss, we offer restoration using dental implant supported prosthetics. Our tooth replacement prosthetics include: