There have been many remarkable advances in dentistry recently, and one that has benefitted millions of people dealing with tooth loss is dental implants. If you have heard of implants and wonder what all the hype is about, we would love to show you how they can benefit you.
What Is a Dental Implant?
When patients in Murfreesboro lose a tooth, they have several tooth replacement options to choose from. Dentures and bridges are popular, but they have limitations and only replace the missing tooth and not the tooth's root.
An implant is a dental appliance made up of a titanium implant post, a connector piece called an abutment, and the tooth restoration that shows when you smile. The implant acts as a replacement root and is surgically embedded in your jawbone. As it heals, the implant bonds securely with bone and tissue around it.
Dr. Murfree can replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth, or an entire upper or lower arch of missing teeth using implant dentures using dental implants.
Why Choose Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth?
A dental implant does one thing that other tooth replacements don't—they help prevent the breakdown of bone in your jaw. Chewing with an intact natural tooth transmits forces that stimulate bone regeneration. Losing a tooth means there’s no stimulation to grow healthy bone tissue, so the bone starts to shrink and deteriorate.
When the jawbone breaks down, neighboring teeth can become loose and may even need to be removed. As a result, other teeth shift and lead to misalignment of your dental bite. The results are also aesthetic because jawbone loss eliminates support for facial features, causing an aged or sunken appearance.
Because a dental implant does the work of the lost tooth root, it not only keeps the jawbone strong and healthy but also helps you retain a more youthful look.
What Is Involved with Getting a Dental Implant?
Dr. John Murfree has had advanced training and can expertly place your dental implant here at our friendly, comfortable Murfreesboro dental office. The first step is an evaluation using leading-edge 3-D cone beam imaging technology to confirm that your jawbone is strong enough to place a dental implant.
Placing a dental implant in your jaw is a surgical procedure that takes about an hour. While it might sound painful, it really isn't; there are no nerves in the bone to cause pain, and our implant dentist uses strong local anesthetics to numb the area so you won’t feel anything.
Next comes the healing period called osseointegration that takes about 3-6 months to complete. Once the implant has fully integrated with the bone, it can last a lifetime if cared for properly. Dr. Murfree will add a crown, bridge, or denture to the implant to restore chewing function and appearance.
Missing all your teeth in your upper arch, lower arch, or both? Using as few as four implants attached to a beautiful set of dentures, we can complete your smile, and your dentures will never go anywhere.
Discover Dental Implants in Murfreesboro, TN
If you have missing teeth, dental implants can have a dramatic positive impact on your comfort, appearance, and quality of life. Dr. Murfree offers full implant services, including bone grafting and leading-edge treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to promote faster healing of the implant.
Please call Murfree Dental to schedule an appointment to learn more bout dental implants.