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An implant is a titanium metal post that is surgically placed into the area of a missing tooth. After a period of time of stimulated bone growth, a crown may then be placed on top of the implant. There are many benefits to having an implant to replace teeth. Implants are resistant to decay and are also a suitable substitute to a cemented bridge and a removable partial or denture. Placement of an implant is helpful because less drilling is required on adjacent teeth.
Patients are often fearful about the surgery and also about having long periods of time without teeth. Today, there are numerous ways for us to provide you with temporary teeth during the implant phases, so that no one has to worry about their smile. Implants must be well planned by Dr. Rice and carried out in proper stages to allow maximum rigidity and longevity to their design and the crowns that are restored on top of them. If you are wondering if implants are a good idea for you, be sure to ask Dr. Rice and her staff about how to improve your chewing ability, and get ready for a functional and beautiful smile.
Many of Dr. Rice's Brentwood area dental implant patients prefer permanent dental implants over traditional removable dentures for several reasons. Dental implants are nearly indistinguishable from a patient's natural teeth, unlike dentures which look artificial. While traditional dentures need to be removed nightly for cleaning, dental implants are a permanent tooth loss solution that require no additional maintenance outside of a good oral hygiene routine. Dental implants also allow patients to feel more comfortable while speaking and eating because dental implants are permanently affixed to the patient's jaw and won't shift or slip as with traditional dentures.
If you are interested in learning more about your tooth replacement options, especially dental implants, contact our Brentwood office at (615) 649-0556 to schedule your restorative dentistry consultation with Dr. Kellye Rice today.