Most people don’t understand how important it is to have a full smile. In addition to creating an unsightly appearance, missing teeth can result in tooth and jaw misalignment, dietary limitations, and additional tooth loss. Also, research indicates that up to 20 percent of teeth adjacent to missing teeth will fall out within a few years if lost teeth are not replaced.
What are Teeth Implants?
Dental implants enable patients to look like no teeth are missing while receiving all the permanent benefits that come with a stable, natural tooth. Constructed from bio-compatible titanium, teeth implants are small, metal posts that are surgically inserted into your gum line. One post and crown are placed in each empty socket to act as teeth, roots and crowns.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentistry?
Before the implant dentistry process begins, Dr. Erpenbach, Knoxville dentist, will perform an evaluation of your whole mouth to make sure you are in good oral health and have sufficient bone density structure to support the implants. If you have significant bone loss, Dr. Erpenbach may recommend a bone graft. Most patients who want healthy and complete smiles are great candidates for dental implants.
What to Expect from Our Knoxville Implant Dentistry
Initial Consult | Dr. Erpenbach will take x-rays to prepare for the flawless placement of your dental implants. You can discuss your comfort needs and what you want to gain from your implant dentistry experience.
Placement | An expert will place your teeth implants below the gums, into the jawbone. He can ensure your comfort with local anesthesia and dental sedation options.
Restoration | After your mouth heals, which can take anywhere from three to six months, Dr. Erpenbach will secure the permanent crowns to the implants, allowing you to smile and use your mouth normally with confidence and ease.
From diagnosis to restoration, we will make your implant dentistry experience totally seamless. Dr. Erpenbach will complete your diagnosis and then send you to a talented oral surgeon in the very same building. Dr. Erpenbach and the oral surgeon work closely to ensure the perfect placement of your dental implants.
If you are ready to replace a missing tooth or teeth permanently with teeth implants, please contact our office in Knoxville today to schedule an appointment.