The Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth
Are missing teeth making it difficult to chew or speak clearly? Do you feel self-conscious about the gaps in your smile or the impact tooth loss is having on your facial appearance? Dental implants are the ideal solution! At Knoxville Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we can replace one tooth, several teeth or even all of your teeth with dental implants. A dental implant acts like your tooth’s root and will preserve your smile, jawbone and oral health. To learn more about your options for dental implants in Knoxville, read on or schedule a consultation with Dr. Eisenberg today!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws that replace the root structure of missing teeth. Dr. Eisenberg surgically places the screw into the jawbone where a tooth is missing, and the screw fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration. The implants are then uncovered and small abutments are attached. These abutments stick out of the gums and create a stable anchor for permanent crowns. Don’t worry, once the crowns are attached, the abutments won’t be visible at all.
The end result is replacement teeth that look and function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to smile, chew, laugh and speak with confidence. Unlike solutions such as fixed bridges or removable dentures, dental implants don’t affect adjacent, healthy teeth, result in bone loss, cause discomfort or look unnatural. They’re a far more stable, lasting and aesthetic option.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Lasting and Comfortable
Dental implants are embedded in your jawbone and act like your tooth’s root, making them a comfortable, long-term solution that can last a lifetime.
Dental implants create a stable anchor for replacement teeth. They look and function like your natural teeth and are virtually just as strong.
By preserving the jawbone and preventing bone loss, implants maintain your facial structure and prevent facial sagging for a more youthful appearance.
Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?
When you lose a permanent tooth, whether from injury, decay or periodontal disease, and it’s not replaced:
- The remaining teeth will shift to fill in the gap, which can have a negative impact on teeth alignment and your bite (how the upper and lower teeth fit together). This may create additional dental problems in the future.
- You might feel embarrassed about how your smile looks.
- Chewing and biting will be more difficult.
- Depending on which tooth, or teeth, you’re missing, your speech can be affected.
- The supporting jawbone will no longer be stimulated where the tooth once was, and the bone will be reabsorbed over time. This bone shrinkage and loss, especially in cases of multiple missing teeth, can cause the mouth and face to sink in, making you look older. It may also interfere with the health of the adjacent teeth and bone. It’s important to note that with dentures or fixed bridges, you’ll still experience bone loss.
- The other teeth will have to pick up the slack when chewing, leading to uneven, excessive wear and, in severe cases, further tooth loss.
Dental implant surgery is, well, surgery, which is why it should be performed by an experienced surgeon. As a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS), Dr. Eisenberg has specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, nerves, skin and muscles to achieve the best results possible. She also relies on the most cutting-edge technology for safe, efficient procedures with minimal post-operative discomfort.
The entire dental implant process usually takes between 6 and 8 months. Dr. Eisenberg will typically perform the initial tooth extraction and, if needed, a bone graft. When the bone graft has healed, she will place your dental implant.
Many patients choose some form of sedation for dental implant surgery. Our team is fully licensed and trained in offering a range of in-office sedation and anesthesia options, including IV sedation. Once you’ve been given local anesthesia and have been sedated, Dr. Eisenberg will place the titanium screw in your jawbone.
The implant will fuse with your jawbone during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration takes several months and there is no shortcut, however, it is the reason why you won’t experience bone loss and your implants will never slip or make embarrassing noises like dentures can.
The implants will be uncovered and Dr. Eisenberg will attach small abutments. When the implant has healed and fully fused with your bone, your cosmetic dentist will create a permanent prosthesis (replacement tooth) and attach it to the abutment. You’ll have a new tooth that functions and looks just like the rest of your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Systems We Offer
At Knoxville Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Eisenberg and our team use the Nobel Biocare, BioHorizons, BIOMET 3i, Zimmer, and Astra dental implant systems. The implant system we use for your case will depend on the system used by your restorative dentist. This ensures the dental implant and your permanent replacement tooth are the perfect fit.
Your Comfort is Our Top Priority
At our Knoxville, Tennessee oral surgery practice, we rely on cutting-edge technology and our in-depth experience to offer high quality care to patients of all ages in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. If you’re ready to maintain or restore your oral health and smile aesthetics, schedule a visit with us today!