Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are not only an eyesore for you but can cause many oral and health problems. Dental implants are one of the best ways to fix teeth that have been extracted due to damage or dislodged from an injury.
Missing teeth can make it harder to chew, which can cause you pain, discomfort and even make you not want to eat if you have a missing tooth. This can damage your other teeth over time, as well.
Having a missing tooth can also lead to gum disease and bone loss of the mouth. This is because chewing helps stimulate the tissues in the jaw to keep their integrity. Without that stimulation, tissue loss can occur. The teeth also protect the gums from foods and drinks, so gum disease and gum loss can occur without the teeth.
Dentures are a less invasive option than other teeth replacement options. Dentures can replace full or partial dental arches of missing teeth. However, they are also not a permanent option, and some people do not want to deal with the application process or the maintenance of dentures. Our dentist, Dr. Roy Thompson, offers partial and full denture options at his practice in Murfreesboro, TN, but if you want a more permanent option, you may consider dental implants.
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, the team at Dr. Roy Thompson Dentistry has you covered.
Dental Implants in Murfreesboro, TN
Dental implants are a cosmetic procedure used to replace and restore your smile from the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth. Depending on your dental needs, our dentist, Dr. Thompson, will go over our implant options and the total treatment cost with you before starting any work. We believe it is important to provide our patients with education and full disclosure about any dental services that may be done with us because we want you to feel confident and make the best-informed decisions about your dental health.
Process of Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is typically an outpatient procedure and its performed in stages. The stages are done to allow healing between procedures, and your specific needs may determine the length of time it takes to complete the process. After a full comprehensive exam, digital x-rays, and 3D images are done, Dr. Thompson will create a treatment plan and go over every step of the process with you.
Tooth Removal/Root Canals
Before the surgeon begins placing dental implants, other work may need to be done first—like tooth extractions or root canals. Removing damaged teeth can sometimes be done on the same day as the first operation, depending on the strength of your jaw and gums.
Chewing exerts extreme pressure on the jawbone. If your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft, you may need bone grafting before the implant surgery.
Once damaged teeth are extracted and bone grafting is complete, the doctor will prepare the jaw for the dental implants. Again, sedation is needed for this procedure.
First, the dentist will cut open the spot in your gum where the implant will be placed. The cut must be deep enough to expose the bone and then drill holes deep into the bone to place the metal posts. These posts will serve as the root of the tooth.
Since you will have a gap where your tooth is still missing, a temporary denture will be put in its place while your gums heal.
Osseointegration, the process of the jawbone growing back with the posts, begins once the posts are placed in your jawbone. This process can take several months but helps provide a strong foundation for the new artificial tooth.
Abutment placement can be done while the metal post of the dental implant is being implanted. However, sometimes the patient may have to wait until after osseointegration and undergo surgery to place the abutment. The abutment is the piece where the dental crown attaches.
Artificial Tooth Placement
Once your gums are healed, the dentist will make impressions of your remaining teeth to create the dental crown that will be your new artificial tooth. There are several options you can choose from for your new tooth. You can choose a removable, fixed, or a combination of both.
Types of Implants
We can offer several different types of implants at our dental office in Murfreesboro, TN.
- Single Dental Implant
- Multiple Dental Implants
- All on 4 Dental Implants
- Same-Day Dental Implants
Cost of Implants in Murfreesboro, TN
Dental implants are a lifetime investment towards your oral health and for your smile. Not only do dental implants give you your confidence back, but they also become a permanent part of your mouth, making eating easier again and helping to maintain the structure of your jaw and facial structure.
Dental Implants can seem expensive compared to other, more simple options like dentures, but while dentures will probably need repairs or replacement, dental implants rarely ever need attention with proper care. In addition, they will last a lifetime, and the overall cost versus the money spent over time for denture maintenance can be a big difference.
Your dental insurance provider may cover some of the costs of dental implants. You should contact your insurance company to ensure our office is in-network and see what they cover before receiving treatment. For more information on what our dental implants cost, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Thompson.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Your oral health and dental health are important to us. We accept new patients and welcome anyone in Murfreesboro or surrounding areas to visit our dentist for all of your dental needs. Your smile deserves all the teeth to be in place, and we can help restore that smile if you are missing any teeth. For more information about our services, cost information, office hours, and to schedule an appointment, visit https://drroythompson.com/ or call our office at 615-896-1330.