Dental implants are most often the best treatment for replacing missing teeth. Because the titanium implant posts are surgically placed in the jawbone, they provide the most durable, stable, and long-lasting support for dental restorations currently available.
People who have lost teeth might feel self-conscious when smiling, laughing, or even talking. Inserting dental implants where teeth have been lost due to trauma or tooth decay can increase a person’s confidence. Dr. Clint Newman offers dental implants to his Nashville, TN, patients and offers a unique compassion for each of their situations.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Two of the most obvious benefits to dental implants include the hygienic and cosmetic improvements that can be made for someone who is missing teeth. However, there are many other advantages to the procedure.
- Dental implants are such close replicas of natural teeth that eating habits won’t need to be changed.
- The feel, function, and appearance of implant teeth are almost exact to those of natural teeth.
- Implant teeth are not bonded or attached to other teeth.
- Because the stimulation of the jawbone from chewing is transferred to the dental implants, they are known to prevent bone loss.
- Providing a strong foundation for new teeth, implants help patients experience improved chewing ability and give them the ability to eat without worrying about loose dentures.
- Enunciation and phonetic aptitude is vastly improved by dental implants.
- The long-term success rate of dental implants is close to 100%
- Function just as the natural teeth, meaning there are no diet restrictions
- Artificial teeth that can be cleaned and cared for just as the natural teeth
Because the titanium implant posts are surgically placed in the jawbone, they provide the most durable, stable, and long-lasting support for dental restorations currently available.
Understanding the Procedure
Dr. Newman’s procedure for dental implants begins with inviting his patients to the Nashville office for an extensive and informational consultation. After examining the health of your teeth, gums, and bones, Dr. Newman will establish the most appropriate course of action for your treatment. You will be given plenty of opportunities to ask questions about the procedure and ensure that you are as prepared as possible for the treatment.
A Landmark in Dentistry
Dental implants are a direct replacement for lost tooth roots. They completely restore the function of your bite while preventing jawbone atrophy.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
An oral exam and consultation with Dr. Newman is the best way to determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants. For our patients in Nashville, dental implants are generally best-suited for candidates who meet the following requirements:
- Gums that are in healthy condition
- Substantial jaw bone (for patients who do not have enough healthy bone material in the jaw, a bone grafting procedure may be performed prior to placement of the dental implants)
- Commitment to maintaining the dental implants and restorations through routine dental care and good oral hygiene habits
- Willingness to undergo oral surgery and accept the chance of risk or complication
Unfortunately, dental implants will not be the right choice for all of our patients. Some situations that may exclude a patient as a dental implant candidate include:
- Heavy smoking (which can negatively affect the oral health and decrease the chance of success for dental implants)
- Jawbones that are continuing to grow (typical in young patients)
- Certain chronic diseases, such as immune deficiencies and uncontrolled diabetes
- Use of certain medications
- Habit of grinding or clenching the teeth (which can put too much pressure on the dental implants)
For his patients who are not good candidates for dental implants, Dr. Newman will discuss alternate restorative dental treatments, including dental bridges and dentures.
With Dr. Newman and his highly trained staff make receiving dental implants at our Nashville office a great experience. Please contact us online with any questions about the procedure or call (615) 385-3507 to schedule a consultation.