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How Dental Implants Work – Green Hills, TN

When Dental Implants Become Your Smile

A diagram of a dental implant.

Over the years, dentistry has only become more and more advanced. This means that modern solutions are increasingly being utilized to solve some of the most common problems Americans deal with every day, one of them being tooth loss. The fact is at least 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and solutions like dental implants work to restore the entire tooth, not just the visible crown. To learn exactly how it gets done, keep reading or schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Kirby today!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

A closeup of a mouth with an implant placed.

During your first appointment regarding dental implants, Dr. Kirby will make sure that your oral health is in order before beginning any sort of dental implant treatment. This involves examining the condition of your gum and bone tissue in greater detail, confirming the number of teeth you need to replace to restore your smile (as well as which teeth you need to replace), and whether or not you need a preparatory treatment (i.e. bone grafts, sinus lifts, periodontal therapy) to make implants viable again. Once we have a clearer picture of what your implant treatment will look like, we can schedule you for surgery at a later date.

Dental Implant Surgery

A pair of dental restorations.

Dr. Kirby works with trusted implant specialist to complete the surgical portion of your dental implant treatment. You’ll meet with them to have your implants placed, whether you’re replacing one tooth or all the teeth in your arch. The process is relatively straightforward. To start, a small incision is made inside of your gum tissue and the implant is placed directly into your jaw. Then, the gum tissue is sealed and the titanium post is given several months of time to heal and integrate with your oral structures. This process is very important to ensuring a long-lasting bond.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment 

Over the next four to six months, your implant will slowly integrate with your jawbone tissue. This process, known as osseointegration, is what gives your tooth replacement the long-lasting bond that it needs to remain stable through daily use. After the integration is complete, we can attach the abutment to the implant so that your permanent restoration has a proper foundation. After a few more weeks of healing occurs, in this case the gum tissue healing around the implant and abutment, we can place the final restoration(s).

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

During the final phase of your treatment, we’ll begin the process of designing and fabricating your permanent restoration. Whether it’s a single tooth you intend to replace or a full arch of teeth, your next restoration will be made with natural-looking porcelain and acrylic materials. At your final appointment, we’ll attach the implant-retained restoration to your implant and make sure that it remains even with the rest of your bite. We’ll also make any adjustments as needed, if for any reason your replacement tooth (or teeth) do not feel comfortable, we’ll take the necessary steps to modify it until it feels right.