If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be the most effective way to restore your smile. Jody Jones, DDS, offers dental implant placement at his practice in Nashville, Tennessee, and can help to recreate your beautiful, natural-looking smile. Call the practice to learn more about dental implants or schedule an appointment online.
A dental implant is a high-quality replacement tooth that looks and functions just like a real tooth. The base of the implant is a titanium screw that serves as the replacement tooth root because it’s fused into the jawbone. The top of the titanium screw has an abutment which is the foundation of a dental crown that mimics the top of the tooth. These three pieces are attached permanently and the final result is a very lifelike tooth in the space of your missing tooth.
Dental implants provide a number of benefits to patients with missing teeth, including:
When a tooth is missing, there’s no root attached to the jawbone which means the bone can start to disintegrate. Without enough stimulation, the jawbone will slowly disappear which means other teeth can start to shift and compromise your bite. Jawbone loss can also change your face shape and smile over time. Dental implants help prevent bone loss and also preserve your smile and face shape.
Dental implant surgery involves using CT scanning technology and planning software to determine optimal placement. Dr. Jones may need to extract teeth to make room for implants or remove several damaged teeth before replacement.
He uses a special surgical technique to place the implant in the jaw and you’ll need to wait several weeks for the implant to assimilate into the jaw bone. Dr. Jones then attaches the abutment and dental crown to complete your tooth replacement.
Some insurance companies will cover some or all of the cost of dental implants because it’s an advanced tooth restoration procedure that affects the function of your smile and oral health. Dr. Jones’ staff can review insurance coverage and benefits with you during your consultation.
If missing teeth are compromising your smile and oral health, dental implants can help. Call the practice to learn more or schedule an appointment online.