East Tennessee Periodontics, LLC focuses on providing patients with advanced restorative dental treatments for replacing missing teeth and the effects of periodontal disease. Dr. Robert Cain and Dr. Pamela Cain help patients build conservative and comprehensive treatment plans that restore health, function, and aesthetics to their smiles.
We take a team approach for a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing result that will support the health of your smile for many years. From single-tooth implants to implant-supported dentures, our dental care team is equipped to meet your needs under one roof with personalized care.
Dental Implants in Knoxville, TN
Dental implants are the more stable and natural solution for replacing missing teeth. With modern advancements in dental technology, dental implants are now more widely used than ever for lasting and stable tooth replacements.
Affordable dental implants can be used to successfully and securely replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth, or secure a denture when an entire arch of teeth has been lost or removed. Hardin Valley, TN periodontist Dr. Robert Cain provides comprehensive dental implant treatment plans for consistent and quality results.
Dental implants can:
- Replace a tooth that is chipped, cracked, missing, decayed, or can not be corrected with a dental crown
- Secure dental bridges or dentures
- Maintain the shape and appearance of the jaw
- Support a permanently secure dental crown
- Provide a stable foundation for teeth
Benefits of dental implants include:
- Prevents bone loss
- Simple and easy to maintain
- Look and function like natural teeth
- Long-lasting results
- Safe for adjacent natural teeth
- Eat food without restrictions
- High success rate
- Improves the appearance of the smile and lower face
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Even one missing tooth can impact the health of your entire mouth. Right when you lose a tooth, the jawbone in the area starts to deteriorate. Gums recede, and the teeth around the missing one are more likely to suffer from tooth decay or other problems. When your jawbone deteriorates, the facial muscles in that area sag as well. It prematurely ages you in the face when that area of tissue is sagging.
If you’ve had orthodontic treatment previously, missing teeth can reverse the effects of it. When a tooth goes missing, all of the other teeth shift to try and fill in the gap. They’re going to move around and won’t stay in the exact alignment that was achieved when you had orthodontic treatment. Because some are missing, some teeth take on more pressure than others when you bite down. Those teeth are going to wear down faster and have a higher risk of chipping or breaking.
Missing teeth give you an uneven bite, too. Not only does this impact the pressure on the teeth, but it also leads to the development of TMJ disorders. The jaw doesn’t track the way it properly should when your bite is uneven, wearing down the jaw joint. You experience popping and clicking and have problems using your jaw properly. Replacing your teeth with dental implants helps to prevent these problems from developing.
Depending on where the missing teeth were located and how many you’re missing, this impacts your everyday life. If molars are missing, it can be hard to eat a balanced, healthy diet because you can’t chew food properly. If the missing tooth or teeth are in the front of your mouth, it can make you self-conscious. A lisp or speech impediment can develop because you don’t have all the necessary teeth. We believe you should have a functional smile that you’re happy to show off.
What To Expect: Dental Implants
Patients who choose dental implants can expect a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smiles. Dental implants stabilize the oral foundation while providing the most natural-looking smile. Dr. Robert Cain is a highly trained restorative dentist with over 20 years of experience providing comprehensive dental implant procedures.
The Dental Implant Process
The dentist completes the dental implant procedure in 2-3 visits at our Knoxville, TN dentist office. Your treatment will begin with a thorough oral health exam. Dr. Cain will work with you to build a personalized and conservative treatment plan to address your dental concerns and meet your cosmetic goals.
Through strategic planning, Dr. Cain will determine the best placement for your affordable dental implants and schedule your surgery date. During implant surgery, Dr. Cain will place the implants into the jaw for a stable and permanent restoration.
After your surgery, Dr. Cain may provide a temporary restoration to restore temporary function. After your implant is completely healed, your permanent restoration will be custom designed, fabricated, and secured to your implant.
One of the best perks of dental implants is that they don’t require any complex maintenance. With a removable denture, it has to be removed at night to rest the gums, and you’ll need to clean it meticulously to remove dental adhesive and prevent bacteria growth. With dental implants, you simply brush and floss your teeth as you would normally.
Sedation Dentistry for Dental Implants
During your dental implant surgery, you will have the option to choose sedation dentistry for your maximum comfort. For patients experiencing dental anxiety or fear of the dentist, sedation dentistry can help ease their concerns making it possible to receive the dental care they need to restore function, health, and beauty to their teeth and gums. At our office, we offer multiple types of sedation so that you can determine the best one for your needs.
Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas. You inhale it through the nose throughout your procedure. It both takes effect and dissipates quickly, so you’re able to drive yourself to and from your appointment. It keeps you relaxed and a bit euphoric while you’re breathing it in.
Oral conscious sedation comes in the form of a prescribed pill that you take before coming to your appointment. It’s deeper sedation, and you’ll need a ride to and from the office because the effects last longer. You’re not put to sleep but are incredibly relaxed throughout the procedure. You may not remember parts or all of your procedure.
Dr. Robert Cain is certified to provide IV dental sedation. This is the deepest form of sedation, and you most likely won’t remember anything from the procedure. We recommend this to patients that are suffering from severe dental anxiety or if we’re performing multiple procedures in one day.