If you are missing teeth, Dr. Robert Cain will recommend dental implants because they are the more stable and natural solution. Dental implants are now a routine procedure and offer a 98% success rate. Dental implants are the closest restorations available to your natural teeth.
With modern advancements in dental technology, dental implants are now more widely used than ever before for lasting and stable tooth replacements. The benefits of dental implants in our Knoxville, TN office compared to other treatments for missing teeth are extensive.
Why Choose East Tennessee Periodontics, LLC for Dental Implants?
Dr. Cain is a highly trained restorative dentist who has over 20 years of experience in providing comprehensive dental implant procedures in the Knoxville, TN area. He is highly experienced in the placement and treatment of dental implants for consistent and highly successful results.
Dental implants are best for patients who are missing a single tooth or several teeth. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, Dr. Cain also offers All-On-Four dental implants. All-On-Four allows dentures and bridges to securely attach to the jaw bone, providing a stable, functional surface for their dentures or bridges.
At East Tennessee Periodontics, we offer complimentary dental implant consultations. There is no one right treatment for any oral health concern. We treat each case on an individual basis.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Our dental implants provide a variety of advantages to patients with missing teeth.
They’re the Closest to Your Natural Teeth
Dental implants are the restoration that looks and feels the most like your natural teeth. The restoration is always custom-made so that it blends in with the size, shape, and shade of your natural teeth. When people look at your smile, they won’t even be able to tell that your teeth aren’t real. Implants are durable and should last you a lifetime, unlike other restorations that usually need repair or replacement.
They’re the only tooth restoration option that gives you back your full bite function. With other tooth replacement options, you have diet restrictions because they can’t chew and process certain foods. Dental implants don’t have that problem. They’re designed to be durable and permanent. You’re able to ensure that you get a healthy, balanced diet because you’re able to chew foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.
They’re Less Maintenance
With solutions like dentures, they require more upkeep and care. With removable dentures, you have to take them out every night so that your gums can get a rest. They usually require some form of denture adhesive, too, to keep the dentures in your mouth comfortably. Certain cleaning products are the only way to ensure that the dentures get completely clean. Denture soaks allow for a deep clean of the dentures and to ensure there’s no bacteria growth.
With dental implants, you simply brush and floss your teeth like you normally would. If you have a fixed bridge, we’ll teach you how to properly floss around it and provide any specialized tools you’ll need. Visit our office every six months so that we can provide a deep dental cleaning and exam to ensure that your oral health is on the right track.
They Stop Jawbone Deterioration and Keep Teeth Stable
As soon as you lose a tooth, the jawbone begins to deteriorate in that area that’s now missing the tooth root. With other tooth replacement solutions, the jawbone deterioration continues, even with your restoration. The fit of your restoration changes over time because the jawbone continues to deteriorate. You have to get the restoration adjusted or completely replaced to ensure that the restoration fits and is still functional.
Because the implant replaces the tooth root, it stops jawbone deterioration as well. Your implants don’t change in fit and won’t need adjustment in the future. Implants can even reverse some of the deterioration that’s already happened because they spur jawbone regeneration. The implant posts fuse with the jawbone to provide the stability they’re famous for.
A deteriorating jawbone causes the facial muscles in that area to sag. They aren’t supported anymore by teeth and adquate bone structure. A sunken face ages you prematurely and makes you look a lot older than you really are. Dental implants promote a natural look with a full face.
When you’re missing teeth, the teeth around them start to shift to try and fill in that gap. If you’ve previously had orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth, this can reverse the progress from the treatment. Your teeth are pulled out of position and your bite becomes uneven. An uneven bite means the pressure of your bite isn’t evenly distributed. Teeth are more likely to crack and break. An uneven bite can also cause problems with TMJ disorders and jaw function.
They’re Reliable and Don’t Harm Natural Teeth
You can smile with confidence when you have dental implants. Removable solutions like dentures or bridges are at risk for slipping or falling out when you’re in public. Eating or speaking can shift the restoration in your mouth, messing up your ability to speak or eat properly. Dental implants stay put and you don’t have to worry about them moving in your mouth. At most, the porcelain on a dental crown may crack and we’ll repair it.
When you’re missing teeth, the remaining teeth around the gap are at a higher risk of tooth decay or gum disease. These teeth also support a dental bridge if you choose that solution. But if the anchor teeth are natural teeth, they take on immense stress and pressure. They deteriorate faster and are also more susceptible to problems. Dental crowns can help take on the stress of supporting the bridge, but crowns still involve grinding down teeth to prepare them for the crown. Dental implants have no impact on the healthy natural teeth that are in your mouth.