Placing Dental Implants

placing dental implants

placing dental implantsServing patients of Erwin, Jonesborough, and Greeneville TN

If you have decided to receive a dental implant to replace your lost tooth, then you have made a great decision. An implant is the finest treatment option that currently is available in restorative dentistry. If cared so properly, a dental implant should last your entire life.

By choosing an implant, you are not just restoring the hole in your smile; you also are making a choice that safeguards your long-term oral health. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement that replaces the root of the missing tooth, providing the continual stimulation to the jawbone that previously was provided by the tooth’s root. Without it, your jawbone would begin to diminish, resulting in your remaining teeth shifting out of place, and causing an unbalanced bite or crooked teeth.

Having a dental implant is a big decision that entails a major, intensive procedure. If you have decided to receive a dental implant, here is some additional information on how Tusculum Dental Care places dental implants at our Greeneville dental office.

The first step in any implant procedure is the consultation with your implant dentist

Any dentist who is going to install a dental implant should schedule you for one of these consultations. At this appointment at our facility in Greeneville, you will sit down with one of our restorative dentists to review every aspect of the procedure. We also will evaluate your past health history to identify any potential pre-existing conditions that may hinder the procedure and determine your candidacy to receive a dental implant. This consultation also is the ideal time for you to ask any questions you may have related to the implant procedure.

During this appointment, members of our team of oral health professionals may conduct diagnostic tests to provide the dentist with more information about your orofacial system, which aides in developing a plan for the implant installation. You also will receive a comprehensive breakdown of the estimated cost of the implant procedure, as well as an expected timeline.

What to expect from the implant procedure

Receiving a standard dental implant entails at least two appointments at our office, which are scheduled multiple months apart. At the first appointment, the implant itself is installed. This is a screw made of a durable metal such as titanium that is inserted surgically into the jawbone. As you heal from this procedure, a process that usually takes four to six months, the screw fuses with the jawbone, permanently replacing the missing tooth’s root. At the second appointment, the implant is topped with a crown that has been matched to the shape and color of your other natural healthy teeth.

Know your options when it comes to dental implants

An implant is used to replace a single lost tooth but, for patients who have several missing teeth, receiving an implant for each tooth can be too expensive and take too long. For these patients, the All-on-4 implant system may be an option. This revolutionary system can replace multiple missing teeth, up to and including an entire dental arch of teeth. These replacement teeth are anchored into the mouth by four implants that are installed at strategic locations in the mouth.

Click here to learn more about the All-om-4 system, or see some frequently asked questions about All-on-4.

Implant Dentistry in Greeneville

Not all dentists in Greeneville have the qualifications to install dental implants. This procedure is a significantly intensive one, and you should choose a dentist with specific experience in implant dentistry, as well as oral surgery. You can trust Dr. Craig Shepherd and Dr. Nathaniel Renner to perform this procedure in a safe and effective fashion. If you have decided a dental implant is right for you, call our office at (423) 639-7575 to schedule a consultation.

Tusculum Dental Care is proud to serve the oral health needs of patients in the areas of Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin in Tennessee.