If you are missing teeth because of an injury or accident, gum disease, tooth decay, or age, Dr. Robert Cain offers comprehensive replacement options and expert care. Patients seeking a natural-looking, durable and highly functioning solution should consider dental implants. Dr. Cain is a periodontist who has provided expert implant dentistry since 1997. East Tennessee Periodontics, LLC is currently welcoming patients from Maryville, TN who are missing teeth to schedule an implant consultation to learn more.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
One or more missing teeth can lead to secondary oral health complications. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. Bone loss, especially from multiple missing teeth, can change the shape of face creating a sunken in look. This can make a patient appear much older than they really are. A missing tooth creates a void that will cause the surrounding teeth to shift towards the gap. This can cause bite issues making it difficult to chew and speak normally. Patients with missing teeth are also more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay and additional tooth loss. Aside from the oral health reasons, missing teeth will also drastically lower a person’s self-confidence and quality of life.
Tooth extractions are sometimes a necessary procedure that can help patients restore their oral health. Dr. Cain may recommend pulling the tooth due to severe tooth decay or damage. A tooth extraction is used only when necessary. As a skilled periodontist and implant dentist, he can painlessly remove the teeth and immediately surgically place the dental implant at the same time at his Maryville, TN area dentist office.
Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants
Dr. Cain will always recommend dental implants if the patient qualifies for them. They are the most natural solution for missing teeth because they look, feel, and function like real teeth. Teeth implants will typically cost more than other restorations but they are a long-term investment in your overall and oral health. They offer more benefits and prevent the need for further advanced dental care.
A dental implant is actually a tooth root replacement that is effective once the tooth has been lost or pulled. It resembles a screw and is made of titanium, a biocompatible material. It is implanted in to the jaw bone via a surgical procedure. It will eventually fuse with the surrounding bone and serve as the base support for a dental restoration. Multiple dental implants will be placed to support a denture or bridge if the patient is missing several teeth. A single dental implant is placed to support a dental crown when a person is only missing one tooth
The single greatest benefit of dental implants over other solutions is that the implant replaces the missing tooth root. This provides stimulation for the bone (just as the tooth root once did) and prevents bone loss. There are little to no eating restrictions since the restoration is secured by durable implants. Even though dental implants cost more than other teeth replacement options, when properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. Other benefits of teeth implants include:
- High success rate
- Does not healthy teeth
- Improves appearance of smile and lower face
- No worry of dentures slipping or falling out
- Look exactly like your natural teeth
- Superior durability and longevity
- Improves speech
- Increases comfort
Schedule A Consultation
If you are missing teeth and considering dental implants, contact East Tennessee Periodontics to learn how dental implants can restore function, beauty, and health to your smile. Our dental care team focuses their work on periodontal and dental implant dentistry for the long term well being of our patients. Contact our Knoxville, TN periodontal office or request a consultation online. We are currently welcoming patients from Maryville, TN who are suffering from missing teeth to our practice.