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Dental Implants – Tullahoma, TN

Restore Missing Teeth and Improve Your Quality of Life

Over the past two decades, dental implants in Tullahoma have become the premier solution for replacing missing teeth. Unlike other restorative options, implants replace the entire structure of the tooth above and below the gum line. This provides the strongest and most stable results as well as a completely natural appearance. They can be used to replace any number of teeth, and with the proper care, they can last over three decades. The best way to learn whether this is the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with your implant dentist in Tullahoma, Dr. Petty, today! Our team of dental professionals would love to answer any questions you may have!

Team-Based Dental Implant Treatment

At Petty Dental, our office partners with only the best local oral surgeons to place your dental implants. Once the surgery portion of your treatment is completed, you can return to our office to receive high-quality, custom-made restorations provided by Dr. Petty. To learn more about this treatment and what it could do for you, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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There are countless advantages to dental implants. They come highly recommended by patients and professionals alike because they’re an ideal solution for nearly anybody suffering from tooth loss. Through the process of osseointegration, where the titanium posts naturally fuse with your jaw, they are able to prevent bone deterioration and promote long-term oral health. This also allows them to be the closest solution to your natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with total confidence.

By far, the greatest benefit of dental implants is that with routine oral hygiene by brushing twice each day and flossing, they can last decades. Although they have a higher up-front cost than, say dentures, they can actually save you money, time, and hassle down the road.

Indications for Dental Implants

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Whether you’re missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can help. To be considered for the procedure, it’s important to have good oral and overall health and enough jawbone density to support the titanium posts. There are also preparatory procedures we can schedule to help with that. Once you’re approved to get dental implants by your dentist in Tullahoma, there will be a variety of new restorative solutions available to you.

Missing Single Tooth

If you have a single gap in your smile that needs a replacement tooth, an implant-retained custom-crafted crown is a great choice. Your existing teeth won’t have to be altered in the process, allowing you to maintain optimal oral health and preserve your natural smile.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you’re missing multiple teeth or even an entire row, implants can still be the best solution to replace them. Unlike traditional bridges and partial dentures, implant-retained ones offer a longer-lasting and more stable solution.

Missing All Teeth

With implant-retained dentures, a custom-made prosthetic is designed that simply snaps onto a set of implants placed into your mouth. This offers numerous advantages when compared to a traditional removable dentures such as added stability and a stronger bite.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dental implants may have a higher up-front cost, but they’re actually an incredibly economical solution for patients looking for lasting results. Unlike other restorations that need to be replaced every five to  10 years, implants can last decades with the proper care. Also, you won’t need to pay for all of your procedures upfront, just as you get them over the course of several months.

At Petty Dental, we are firm believers that patients shouldn’t have to put their oral health on the back burner in an effort to not break their monthly budget. That’s why we offer additional financing options through CareCredit. Don’t hesitate to contact us, we’d be more than happy to walk you through the financing aspect of your procedure! 

Dental Implant FAQs

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If you’re ready to restore missing teeth and improve your quality of life, then it’s time to give our team a call to discover if dental implants are right for you! Of course, it’s only natural to have a few questions before you’re ready to commit to a treatment plan. We’ll be more than happy to address all your questions in person as we walk you through the entire process during your consultation. In the meantime, we’ve gathered some dental implant FAQs below so you can learn more about them. If you’d like to learn more or if you’re ready to schedule your next appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Traditional tooth replacement options like dentures and dental bridges only last 5-10 years before they lose their fit and need to be replaced. On the other hand, since your dental implant is embedded into your jawbone and will actively work to keep it strong, your dental implant should never come loose or need to be replaced. In fact, most patients can easily expect their dental implants to last a lifetime with the proper care!

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

Practically anyone with missing teeth can get dental implants. You’ll need to be well enough to undergo minor oral surgery, be free of oral health issues like gum disease, and have adequate jawbone density. Even if you do not initially qualify for dental implants, preliminary procedures like periodontal therapy or a bone graft can get you on the path towards becoming a dental implant candidate.

Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?

There is no upper age limit for dental implants! As long as you are healthy and have a strong jawbone, we can help you replace any number of missing teeth. Many patients who are a bit older will naturally have jawbone deterioration, which can pose a threat to dental implants. Fortunately, with a bone graft, sinus lift, or ridge expansion from one of our trusted local specialists, we can help you achieve the strong, stable smile you deserve.

Am I Too Young for Dental Implants?

We do not recommend dental implants for patients who are under the age of 18 years old. Dental implants fuse with the jawbone in order to stay in place, but a young adult’s jawbone will continue to grow and change until about the age of 18. To ensure your teenager’s tooth replacement is successful, we will wait to place a dental implant until we are certain their jawbone has stopped developing.

Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?

At first, hearing that getting dental implants requires minor oral surgery may sound somewhat intimidating. But we’re here to put your fears to rest and reassure you that you have nothing to worry about. In fact, most patients are pleasantly surprised at how easy and comfortable the procedure is! We entrust this vital part of your dental implant treatment to trusted local specialists, who will take every precaution to ensure you are as comfortable as possible while having your dental implants placed.

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