dental implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dr Devine Dental Implants

dental implantsServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

If you’ve been following our blog for any length of time, you’ve seen us talk about dental implants, and the different ways they are used in dentistry to replace missing teeth. However, some of you may be new to our blog, welcome, or maybe you just aren’t sure what dental plants are, which is why we are going to discuss this revolutionary procedure today. Let’s go back to the basics of dental implants.

Dental implants represent the finest tooth replacement option available in the field of dentistry. They actually have been around for decades, although recently have become increasingly popular, and more affordable, than ever.

Consisting of three components – a titanium post, abutment, and a specially made porcelain dental crown, a dental implant replaces the entire structure of a missing tooth, down to the root!

The titanium post is surgically embedded into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. The purpose of this post is to provide a strong, stable base for the crown, and to provide constant stimulation to the jawbone to resist resorption. Resorption or bone deterioration occurs slowly over time after a tooth is extracted. It causes other teeth to drift out of alignment, which could create gaps between teeth or cause teeth to become crowded or overlapped. No other tooth replacement option provides this necessary stimulation to the jawbone.

Next, the abutment is placed on the implant. This piece serves as a connector between the implant post and the final portion of the restoration, which is the dental crown. Now, keep in mind that in many cases, the implant post is placed first, after which a six month healing period is necessary before completing the remainder of the procedure.

A dental crown is specially made to attach to the abutment. Just like any other dental crown you receive from your Nashville cosmetic dentist, this one will look and feel just like a natural tooth. We even choose the color of porcelain that best matches your other teeth. After the crown is permanently attached to the abutment, your treatment is finished.

Why choose an implant?

As we mentioned, a dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that provides that necessary stimulation to the jawbone. Furthermore, dental implants look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. Dental implants are easy to care for because you simply brush and floss them just like you would your natural teeth. In fact, oral care is essential when it comes to getting a dental implant because failure to keep your mouth clean as recommended by the American Dental Association by brushing twice a day and flossing daily could increase your risk of implant failure or gum infection. Otherwise, your implant is designed to last a lifetime, unlike other tooth replacement options such as bridgework or partial dentures that tend to need replacing about once every decade or so.

What are the different uses for dental implants?

Dental implants serve multiple purposes and can be used in different ways when it comes to replacing missing teeth. They can be used to replace a single tooth or to create a stable base for a dental bridge to attach. Also, dental implants can be used as an anchor for a partial or complete denture. Nashville implant dentists at Devine Dentistry also offer Teeth-in-a-Day commonly known as the All-on-4 procedure, which replaces an entire dental arch of missing teeth in a single day by using shorter implants placed at precise angles in the mouth. No healing period is required to complete this particular procedure.

Dental Implants in Nashville

As you can see, dental implants are wisely versatile and provide the best option for replacing missing teeth. However, not everyone is a candidate. If you would like to see if dental implants are for you, please contact Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.

Devine Dentistry serves patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville in Tennessee.