Dr. Robert Cain is a periodontist in Knoxville, TN that offers his patients quality dental implants under one roof. Dr. Cain will begin the process with a thorough evaluation of your dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals to ensure that dental implants are right for you. The next step is the creation of a personalized treatment plan that is customized to your needs and goals. The dental implant process, from evaluation to securing the dental restoration, usually takes five to eight months, and most patients don’t experience a disruption to their daily lives.
Dental Implant Process
The process takes place in three phases; dental exam and creation of treatment plan, surgical implantation of the implant and attachment of the replacement tooth. As a periodontist, Dr. Cain is qualified to perform all steps of the dental implant process at his Knoxville, TN dentist office.
Treatment plan – Once Dr. Cain has determined if dental implants are a good fit for you, he will create a very specific treatment plan tailored to you and your needs. No two patients are alike and each situation involving damaged or missing teeth is unique. Dr. Cain will discuss the plan with that takes into account the number and condition of missing teeth and the condition of your jawbone. Through strategic planning, Dr. Cain will determine the best placement for your dental implants and schedule your surgery date.
If Dr. Cain diagnoses you with gum disease, you will need to undergo treatment for that before you can continue on to your implant surgery. It is important be as healthy as possible in order for the implants to be successful.
Placing the Implant – If a tooth extraction is needed, that will be performed first. Then Dr. Cain will surgically place the dental implant, a tiny titanium post, into the bone at his Knoxville, TN periodontist office. The titanium post is designed to fuse with the jaw bone for a permanent bond that will support natural bone regeneration. The healing process can take anywhere from 3 – 5 months. Dr. Cain may provide you with a temporary restoration to restore temporary function while the implant heals and integrates with the bone.
Restoring the Dental Implant – While the dental implant is healing, your dental crown, denture, or dental bridge will be fabricated at a dental laboratory according to our specifications. Once the dental implant has fully fused with your jaw bone, Dr. Cain will attach the abutment to the implant post. Then the dental crown, dental bridge or denture is secured to the dental implant abutment for a permanent restoration.
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.