Our surgeons coordinate with your dentist to provide state-of-the-art implant-supported dentures at our Oak Ridge, TN, and Crossville, TN, practice. Dental implants provide the best support possible for your dentures, and they also offer significant benefits for your long-term oral health. With the aid of our advanced imaging technology, we will place four or more dental implants. After you have healed, your family dentist will attach a permanent, highly lifelike restoration. In some cases, we can provide teeth in a day.
To receive dental implants, you should have a strong jawbone. Unfortunately, bone recession follows tooth loss, so if you have waited to address missing teeth, your candidacy may be compromised. To determine your candidacy for dental implants, one of our surgeons will take x-rays and 3-D cone beam CT scans of your jaw. In some cases, your doctor may be able to maximize the existing healthy tissue in a compromised jaw to support implants. However, if you have lost a significant amount of bone tissue, he or she may suggest a bone graft.
Before your implant surgery, your doctor will use SIMPLANT® software to create an individual surgical guide. He or she will then perform a virtual surgery on a computer screen. You will be able to watch the entire process, asking questions and participating in treatment planning. Next, SIMPLANT® will produce a physical surgical guide so that your doctor can precisely place your implant posts.
With implant-supported dentures, you can eat all of your favorite foods without worrying that your denture will slip out of place.
Implant surgery itself can vary significantly for each patient. In most cases, however, we will supply general anesthesia, so you will be sedated for the entire process. To place the implants in your jaw, your surgeon will create tiny incisions in your gums. You could receive between four and eight posts on each dental arch. The exact number will depend on the type of dentures you choose and the natural structure of your jawbone. When the implants are in place, your surgeon will carefully close up the incisions.
In some cases, we can provide same-day dentures in collaboration with your regular dentist and a dental lab. When you have completely healed, your family dentist will attach your permanent restoration. Depending on the type of implant you receive, may need to wait until you have fully recovered before you can wear implant-supported dentures. In the meantime, you can continue to wear a removable prosthetic.
Implant-supported dentures are much more stable than removable restorations. Typically, you will not have any dietary restrictions as a result of your restoration. You can eat all of your favorite foods without worrying that your prosthetic will slip out of place. You will also be able to speak more clearly, and you will have an overall increased sense of self-confidence.
Dental implants also have important advantages for your long-term oral health. Without your tooth roots, your jawbone will start to recede. Implants replace your tooth roots, producing the same regenerative signals that help you retain your jawbone tissue.
Learn more about implant-supported dentures and find out if they are a good option for you. Contact Oral Surgery Specialists of Tennessee to schedule a consultation.
Please use this form to contact us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.