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Permanently Fill in the Gaps with Dental Implants in Spring Hill

There are different levels to everything, and when it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants are simply at the top of the heap. Nothing else provides high-quality restorative, cosmetic, and long-lasting benefits like they can. And, we’re proud to say that Family Dental Associates is one of the only practices in the area that can perform the entire procedure in-house. This means you’ll be able to get your smile faster, and we’ll be able to ensure a fantastic result. If this sounds like the solution for you, be sure to contact our office today for a consultation. We’re also happy to rebuild smiles for patients in Columbia and Williamson County.

How Dental Implants Work

The dental implant tooth replacement process is completed over the course of several phases of treatment. It begins with preparing your smile, which may include removing one or more damaged teeth, soft tissue or bone grafts, and other restorative dentistry procedures necessary to ensure optimal oral health before your surgical dental implant placement. Once your smile is prepared, we schedule your implant placement. This surgical procedure is minimally invasive. We make a small incision in the gum line. Then, the implant post is placed into the jawbone. Once in position, your implant posts will need to fuse with the supportive structures. This process can take several months. Then, we’ll need to design and craft your tooth replacement. 

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Before we begin your implant supported tooth replacement plan, we will answer your questions, review your options, discuss potential disadvantages, and explain the advantages of this treatment option. Implant supported tooth replacement has quickly become the go-to smile restoration solution, and some of the many benefits of this treatment option include:

  • Long lasting – implant-retained replacement teeth have a 90 to 95% success rate after twenty years compared with other restoration options like bridges and dentures that need to be replaced every five to ten years.
  • Natural function – implant posts replace the lost roots of teeth, recreating the natural function of your smile. These restorations, unlike other options, are completely self-supporting. They don’t rely on surrounding teeth or other oral structures for support, ensuring more natural function.
  • Optimal oral health – implant posts provide the stimulation for gum and bone tissue that is necessary to maintain healthy facial shape and oral function. Other tooth replacement options can actually cause additional damage to remaining teeth and gum tissue.
  • Improved confidence – because an implant denture is held firmly in place, you can speak clearly and smile with complete confidence in any situation.

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Indications for Dental Implants

What makes dental implants so special is that they replace your entire tooth structure from root to crown. This not only gives you a more secure hold for your replacement teeth, but it also supports your jaw so it will stay strong and full throughout your life. This is one of the keys to sustained oral health, and you simply can’t get that with other tooth replacement options.

The first step to getting dental implants involves placing them into your jaw. This is a minor surgical procedure where one of our doctors will make a small incision in your gums and position small, but extremely strong titanium posts within your mouth. To make this treatment more comfortable, we can offer you a variety of sedation options, but patients typically only need local anesthesia to have a relatively painless experience.

You’ll then be given 4-6 months to heal, during which the posts will bond to the surrounding bone just like real teeth roots! Once you have healed, you’ll return to our office to have your final restoration placed.

Single Tooth Replacement

If you are missing a single tooth, it can be replaced using an all-porcelain implant-retained crown. Dental porcelain is just as strong and durable as metal, but it can also perfectly mimic a tooth’s shape, size, color, and even feel. The only person who will know that it isn’t a real tooth will be you! To place it, we will connect it to the implant post using a small screw called an abutment.

Multiple Teeth

For a row of missing teeth, an implant-retained crown can be attached to prosthetic teeth to form a bridge. Implant-retained bridges, when compared to traditional ones, are more stable, last longer, and don’t require healthy teeth to be filed down to hold supporting crowns. This means we’ll be able to complete your smile while preserving more of your remaining teeth. For numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, we may recommend an implant supported partial denture. These prosthetics use a gum-colored base material to support any number of replacement teeth. The denture base is molded to fit between healthy teeth, and we place between two and four implant posts to provide support for the entire partial denture.

Full Row of Missing Teeth

Dental implants can also be used to support a full or partial denture. These dentures look just as natural as traditional ones, but they come with a multitude of benefits compared with traditional dentures:

  • Implant-retained dentures will never slip, pop, or click unexpectedly.
  • They support your jaw from below, and this will help them maintain their fit much better over time.
  • They allow for a much stronger bite force, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy a wider variety of foods easily.
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Dental implants can also be occasionally fitted to regular dentures to help them have a more secure and longer lasting hold.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implant Restoration

Your implant supported tooth replacement plan will be completely personalized to meet your needs, and this means it’s impossible to provide an exact estimate of the costs of treatment without reviewing your unique case. During your complimentary dental implant tooth replacement consultation, we will walk you through the costs of every step of the tooth replacement process. Our team members will help you to prepare for the out of pocket treatment cost, process insurance claims, and assist you in applying for low and no interest financing.

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3D image of an implant, abutment, and dental crownDental Implant FAQs

For anyone who hasn’t been through the dental implant process before, it can seem a bit overwhelming at first. We understand! As a dentist in Spring Hill with advanced training and technology, we’re proud to be one of the only local offices who handle the entire procedure from start to finish and have helped many people understand how it works over the years. To help you feel better informed and able to make the best decision, we’ve put together answers to the most common FAQs we hear about dental implants below. But feel free to contact us if there’s anything else you’d like to know!

Is Getting Dental Implants Painful?

It’s understandable that implant surgery seems like it would be painful. But, in truth, many people say that it was much easier than they expected and often compare it to having an extraction. Also, keep in mind that we truly want the procedure to be as comfortable as possible, so the very first thing we’ll do is make sure that you’re completely numb before starting.

In addition, we offer sedation dentistry so that even fearful patients can get dental implants without stress or anxiety. If that’s something you’re interested in, we’ll be more than happy to discuss your sedation options during your consultation.

How Quickly Will I Recover?

We recommend that patients take 2-3 days off to recover after their implant surgery. However, it usually takes around 5-7 days for the majority of the healing to occur. It’s normal to have mild to moderate swelling and tenderness in the area, but most people report that their discomfort was very manageable.

I’ve Been Wearing Dentures For a Long Time. Will implants Work For Me?

In most cases, yes. Before making a recommendation, we’ll spend time doing a very thorough evaluation during your consultation to make sure implants are a good choice for you. This will include a review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, and detailed, 3-dimensional images of your teeth and jaws to evaluate your jawbone density. If your jawbone is too thin or weak to support implants, we’ll likely recommend mini-implants and/or a bone graft beforehand to add bone density to the area before the procedure.

Will My Implants Be Successful?

Implants have been used for decades with great success. In fact, non-smokers have a success rate of around 97%! Implants have also been shown to be very safe and are made from bio-compatible, surgical-grade titanium – the same material that’s used in hip and knee replacements.

Do Implants Require Special Maintenance?

Fortunately, dental implants in Spring Hill don’t require complicated maintenance. Having said that, they do need a few basic good habits on your part to be successful:

  • Schedule regular checkups
  • Maintain good oral hygiene to keep the gum tissue healthy
  • If necessary, wear a nightguard to protect the implant from clenching and grinding forces
  • Don’t use tobacco

Implant failure is quite rare, but with these guidelines you’ll have an even better chance of enjoying your implants for life.