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Dental Implants

Do you want to restore your smile and also ward off bone loss in your jaw? Dental implants are the only solution that can do it all.

While other options restore your smile, implants are the only solution that can also maintain your jaw, avoiding future dental issues.

Learn how the dentists at Cosmetic Dentistry of Knoxville, TN, can restore the beauty and function of your smile with dental implants. 

Why Replace Missing Teeth? It's Not Just Vanity

Missing teeth are not just a cosmetic problem. When you lose a tooth, you also lose the root, which plays an important role in maintaining a strong jaw. Without stimulation, your jawbone deteriorates and you may face a cascade of new dental problems. Crowns, bridges, and dentures coupled with dental implants restore both the visible portion of the tooth and the root. Some of the problems you may face if you are missing teeth include: 

Shifting Teeth

Each tooth helps support its neighbor. If even just one is missing, the empty tooth socket can deteriorate from bone loss and allow neighboring teeth to shift into the gap. This can cause misalignment and crooked teeth.

Uneven Wear

As tooth loss causes teeth to shift, they may no longer mesh neatly together. This may cause uneven biting forces and wear on teeth.

Facial Collapse

If you are missing a lot of teeth, a shrinking jawbone can cause the skin on your face to sag and your facial features to appear sunken, making you appear older than you are. 

More Tooth Loss

As your jawbone degenerates, it begins to weaken and shrink. As the bone recedes you may lose more teeth, which would require more extensive dental work.

Are You Ready to Smile Again? Is It Time to Safeguard Your Dental Future?

For more than 30 years, Cosmetic Dentistry of Knoxville, TN, has offered innovative dental techniques to help patients receive the finest care. Our trusted dentists, Drs. Ruth Bailey and Kasey Sliger, can help restore your smile and avoid complications associated with missing teeth.  

Whether you need just a single crown, a partial denture, or a full denture, we can create an implant treatment plan that will have you smiling and enjoying your favorite foods again.

Schedule a consultation at our practice, where we invest in modern dental technology to stay at the forefront of dental advances. We can discuss your goals and the best way for you to reach them. Call our Knoxville, TN, practice or send us a message to learn more.

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Maria Williams

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Doctors Bailey and Sliger have proven to be one of the best health-care choices our family has ever made ... Here’s an example: A family member’s relatively new dental implant — itself the result of tooth and bone loss from poorly-executed orthodontic treatment — had loosened, causing pain and MORE bone loss. The dentist who had installed the implant was out of ideas. We went to Dr. Bailey, who took time from her office schedule to go and meet with the maker of the dental implant. Together they studied the X-rays and deduced that the wrong mounts had been used to install the implant ... Doctor Bailey made the effort, got to the bottom of the problem, and arrested the bone damage. The implant has been secure and trouble-free for years now.

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What Exactly Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small post, often made out of titanium, that replaces the root of a missing tooth. Titanium is typically used in dental implants because it is biocompatible, which means it is not harmful to living tissue and does not produce an immunological response.

The dental implant is inserted into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone and will function as a tooth root. A connector piece called an abutment is attached so the implant can support a restoration.

Your restoration can be anything from a crown for a single tooth, which needs only one implant, to a full denture, which typically uses four or more implants.

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"The Gold Standard in Dentistry" 5-Star Reviews

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James Joy

2021

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Dr Bailey and her staff are really good.  They are professionally competent, well organized, safe and sanitary, and just really great people.  Thanks to all, your the best.

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Kenneth Robinson

2021

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Dr. Ruth and her staff are the gold standard in dentistry! You will not find a better practice in Knoxville!!

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Dental Implant Timeline 

Depending on your needs, your treatment at Cosmetic Dentistry of Knoxville may vary from this implant timeline, but in general, this is what you can expect:

Consultation

Dr. Bailey or Dr. Sliger will discuss your goals and perform a preliminary examination to determine if dental implants are right for you. If you are a good candidate, we will recommend a trusted Knoxville-area oral surgeon or another type of specialist to place the implant. 

Preparatory Procedures

If bone loss is present, you will need treatment from a specialist before beginning the dental implant process. We can treat gum disease in our office, if needed, to restore your periodontal health.

Implant Placement

The implant dentist will numb the treatment area so that you will not feel any discomfort from the procedure. A small incision will be made in the gums to allow for placement of the implants into the jaw. The number of implants will vary depending on whether you need to replace one tooth or several.

Healing Period

It will take between three and six months for the dental implant to naturally fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This step creates a solid foundation for the restoration. Some patients will wear a temporary during this time.

Abutment Placement

Once the implant has securely fused with the bone, the gums will be opened above the implant so that a connector piece, called an abutment, can be attached. This piece allows the restoration to be connected to the implant. It will take about two weeks for the gums to heal and create a natural seal around the abutment.

Impressions

After the area has healed, the next step is to create an impression of the treatment area to guide the design of your new teeth. We will also color-match the restoration to your natural teeth. All the information will be sent to a trusted off-site lab where ceramicists will carefully craft a lifelike restoration.

Restoration Placement

When the restoration is ready, your dentist will check to ensure it fits properly and that your bite is comfortable. If there is any question regarding the bite, the dentist will do a bite analysis with our Tekscan™ T-Scan system to ensure there are no excessive forces on the implant that could damage it. 

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Cosmetic Dentistry of Knoxville

For over 30 years the team of compassionate professionals at Cosmetic Dentistry of Knoxville has provided families in the greater Knoxville area with beautiful smiles through biomimetic dentistry. Our dentists are members of a number of national affiliations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of Cosmetic Dentists
  • American College of Dentists
  • International College of Dentists
  • Academy of Biomimetic Dentists

To schedule an appointment at our Knoxville, TN, dentistry practice contact us online or call (865) 588-1294.

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