Why dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement
in Maryville, TN
Proffitt Dentistry blends “old-fashioned” care with new technologies to support healthy teeth and to create teeth that “mimic” natural teeth in every way. Fortunately, there are many options to complete your smile, including dental implants. We are among the select general dental practices in and around Maryville, TN that can handle every aspect of the implants process in-house. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how we distinguish ourselves from other practices that offer or market such advanced restorative treatments.
The “basics” about a not-so-basic form of tooth replacement
Just like our dental office, the “magic” of dental implants is in the design. The implant itself is a cylinder made from a biocompatible material, such as titanium or zirconium. “Biocompatible” refers to how these materials are compatible with natural biological tissues.
The implant is strategically placed in the jawbone. If you are missing several teeth, more than one implant will be perfectly positioned to support the replacement teeth. So, each implant functions like a natural tooth root. In fact, the biocompatible material is designed to join the surrounding bone.
The implant is topped with an abutment, which connects to the restoration that is visible above the gumline. These restorations include crowns, bridges, and dentures. Since these new teeth are connected to the implant that is stabilized in the jaw, they are not going anywhere! Patients avoid the hassle, dissatisfaction, and discomfort associated with “traditional” prosthetics, such as ill-fitting removable dentures that require consistent repairs, relining, rebasing, and eventually replacement. Facial bone resorbs when it does not have stimulation from teeth through behaviors such as chewing and grinding down food. This process can alter the width and height of bone, and the shape of your face. As facial structure evolves, your denture will need to evolve with it.
Dental implant-retained dentures and other restorations avoid the many concerns commonly associated with dental prosthetics. The supportive bone stays strong; it continues to get stimulation from teeth that transfer the energy from chewing to the implant (artificial tooth root) in the jaw.
The superior choice for superior tooth replacement
Proffitt Dentistry has the training and equipment on site to complete every step in the dental implants process safely and precisely. Specialty care often comes with considerable cost. Our in-house capabilities support continuity of care, a convenient experience, and stress-free, no-hassle process.
Additionally, our team has invested in many state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies, which inform precision planning. We use digital imaging such as a 3-D Cone Beam scanner to take clear pictures of your mouth and associated structures at various angles. These technological features allow for a more complete evaluation and understanding of your oral anatomy and needs. We use this accurate information about the availability and quality of your bone to plan your treatment. To ensure lasting durability, functionality, and satisfaction with your new teeth, it is vital that implants be placed in exactly the right locations. We also use advanced diagnostics to inform additional procedures which may be needed, such as bone grafting to “build up” the treatment site in preparation for the implant.
We encourage you to contact us before you are in pain. Depending on the conditions that may be present in your mouth, we may be able to save your natural tooth. Alternatively, we can get you on the road to a healthy mouth again with implant-supported restorations that replicate the design of natural teeth.