There are a lot of questions to be answered regarding dental implants.
If you or someone you know is considering an implant/implants, Dr. Homonnay and his team will make sure you receive all the information you need to make your decision.
Call (615) 221-8837 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation!
What is a dental implant?
Dental implant technology has improved drastically over the last decade, and dental implants have become the treatment of choice when it comes to tooth replacement.
After you lose a tooth, your jawbone tends to shrink a bit. A dental implant is placed where the permanent tooth once was in order to mimic a natural tooth and reduce bone loss. Dental implants look and feel extremely natural and provide the needed support for your jaw to function.
Dental implants have a success rate of over 95%, which is far more predictable than many other tooth replacement options. Dental implants can be used in different ways; they can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, support a bridge, or support a denture.
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Dental implants have many important advantages compared to a bridge or leaving a space without a tooth.
A bridge crowns both teeth adjacent to the space, which then become one unit. This means that you cannot floss between the teeth in that area, and food can pack into that area more easily. Also, if the adjacent teeth are normal, health teeth – crowning them may not be the most conservative treatment approach.
If you leave the space without replacing it, your bone is susceptible to resorption. The teeth around it begin to shift, and as this happens your bite can change. As the teeth around the space drift, it can become difficult to clean your teeth in that area. It is our opinion that dental implants are the most successful long-term investment in replacing tooth loss, and they give a natural appearance to your smile.
How do I get my dental implant?
The first step in moving forward with a dental implant is to schedule a consultation. During this meeting, Dr. Homonnay will evaluate the bone height and width and discuss whether immediate placement is an option, or if the the two-stage approach is needed (sometimes a bone graft is needed before the implant is placed).
The process of getting a dental implant can last up to one year. The implant needs several months to completely integrate and heal before your final custom tooth (the crown) can be placed on top of it. Implant placements are actually a relatively minor procedure, and can usually be done under simple local anesthesia.
For more information on whether a dental implant is the right decision for you, or for a consultation, please contact our team at (615) 221-8837.
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