A missing or decaying tooth can cause serious damage. Not only does it make eating difficult, but it also weakens the teeth around it causing further periodontal damage. Having a missing tooth can also wreak havoc on your self-confidence. Imagine the stress of meeting new people if you are constantly worried about your appearance. Or being hesitant to eat in front of others if you aren’t able to bite or chew properly. If you have a missing tooth, or need to have one extracted, you aren’t alone. 69% of adults have lost one or more of their permanent teeth. Fortunately you can bring confidence back to your smile, restore your dental health, and enjoy eating all of your favorite foods again.

Dental implant restorations are the most advanced therapy available to replace missing teeth. Dental implants look, feel, and act like your natural teeth, giving you the ability to chew and smile as if you still had the original tooth.

Research studies have clearly established the safety and effectiveness of dental implants, and Dr. Pryor is Nashville’s leading authority on the procedure. Dr. Pryor performs both the surgical placement of implants and the fitting of the final crown. Instead of being referred to an oral surgeon for the placement of the implant and then having to go back to your general dentist to finish the process, Dr. Pryor does it all from start to finish.

What Are Dental Implants?

During the implant process a titanium post is surgically inserted into your jawbone. The post acts as a replacement for the lost root of a tooth. This root was the foundation that supported the crown of the tooth. If this root is not replaced, a process of bone resorption starts to occur immediately because the bone in the area no longer has any stimulation. Because of this the bone starts to atrophy (disappear). This process is unavoidable unless the root of the tooth is replaced.

The only method for replacing a lost root is with a dental implant. Once a dental implant is placed in the area of the lost tooth, the post will naturally fuse to the bone creating new stimulation and stopping the process of resorbing.

Once the titanium post is in place, a part of the post sticks out of the gum and then a new crown is fitted over it. The final product will both look and function like a new tooth. Why choose Dental Implants?

Dental Implants Can:

  • replace missing teeth
  • tighten loose dentures
  • reduce or eliminate sore spots caused by dentures
  • eliminate the need for denture adhesives
  • prevent bone loss that occurs after a tooth is lost
  • prevent the shaving down of healthy teeth for conventional crowns
  • replace dentures with permanent teeth
  • provide patients with the confidence of real teeth
  • improve appearance
  • improve overall oral health
  • allow patients to eat all the foods they enjoy

For years, the treatment for missing teeth was to place a bridge or a partial at the site of the missing tooth. Replacing a single tooth is preferable to placing a bridge or wearing a partial. Instead of cutting down the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth to place a bridge or partial, implants are inserted into the jaw in between the healthy teeth. Most bridges and partials need to be repaired or replaced every five to ten years. If properly cared for a dental implant is a permanent solution, giving you a lifetime of use.

Implants can decrease the potential risk of decay and promote jaw health. When a tooth is missing it can degrade the integrity of the jaw bone and weaken the other teeth surrounding it. The bones start to deteriorate at the site of the missing root and facial structure begins to change. Implants help prevent any further breakdown of the jawbone and help preserve a patient’s facial structure. Implants can be used to replace single teeth, multiple teeth, or to secure a full set of dentures. Dental implants have been used for over thirty years are the best alternative to natural teeth.

Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

  • People in good general health
  • People approximately 15 years and older
  • People who would like increased chewing efficiency
  • People with loose dentures
  • People with missing teeth

New dental implants are the most predictable, long-term solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants have been used for over 30 years and can provide patients with a lifetime of permanent teeth.