Improving Smiles with Dental Implants in Collierville
Dental implants have quickly become the most popularly requested tooth replacement option in America, allowing patients who are missing natural teeth to enjoy a fully functional bite once again. At Joshua Holcomb, DDS, our comprehensive menu of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry services includes everything you need to restore your smile's beauty and balance, including full mouth reconstructions and dental implantology services.
Dental Implant Process
A dental implant is a tiny biocompatible post that is surgically placed within the jaw where a missing tooth or teeth once stood. This new root gradually fuses with the bone of your jaw via a process known as osseointegration. This process, which takes about two to six months, ensures that your implant will remain sturdy and secure for decades to come.
When the implant has solidly fused to the jaw, a custom restoration is affixed to it, completing the process. Using the latest in implantology technology, Dr. Holcomb is able to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of missing teeth with crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures. The materials used to craft your restorations look and feel like natural tooth enamel, so you never have to worry that your smile looks false or man-made. Instead, you'll be able to smile, eat, and speak with complete confidence.
Dental Implants Benefits
When you lose a tooth, the bone tissue in your jaw around the empty socket begins to deteriorate over time. If the tooth root isn't replaced in a timely manner, the breakdown of bone can spread, putting other remaining teeth at risk. In addition, a gap in your smile leads to a shift in surrounding teeth as your remaining dentition struggles to adjust to the new work of chewing without proper support.
With dental implants, your remaining teeth are held in their proper places. The implant itself replaces the tooth root, thereby preserving the structural integrity of your jaw bone. Because the implant is firmly rooted in your jaw, you never have to worry about a slipping denture or an unbalanced bridge. Your new teeth look, feel, and function just like your natural dentition, allowing you to enjoy a wide range of foods that would otherwise be prohibitively difficult to eat.
The cosmetic benefit of dental implants cannot be understated, either. When you are missing teeth, you likely feel less inclined to smile in public, particularly at work or in social interactions. You may attempt to cover your mouth when you feel like smiling or laughing. With a beautifully crafted restoration attached to a dental implant, you can finally feel free to express yourself naturally, resting assured in the knowledge that your teeth look as great as you feel.
Schedule Your Dental Implants Consultation
If you are missing one or more teeth and you are considering your tooth replacement options, we invite you to contact us today (901) 850-0300 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holcomb and our caring, highly trained team of oral healthcare professionals. We can explain the dental implants process further and determine which oral treatment option best suits your unique needs. Conveniently located at 435 New Byhalia Rd., Collierville, TN, 38017, our state-of-the-art dental practice warmly welcomes patients from all of the surrounding areas, including Pembrook, Germantown, Bartlett, Memphis, Olive Branch, and beyond.
Dental Implant FAQs
Now that you and Dr. Holcomb have decided that dental implants are your best tooth replacement option, you may still be wondering about a few details. (Most patients do!) Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
Most of the time, dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that is used in other operative procedures such as knee and hip replacement. For patients who are allergic or sensitive to metal, there are also implants made of zirconia or ceramic.
Will the Surgery for Implants Hurt?
That’s probably the most frequently asked question. At the start of the procedure, Dr. Holcomb administers a local anesthetic to the site. Once the anesthesia is working, you won’t feel pain. There may be some pressure as the dentist works, but your safety and comfort will be assured throughout surgery.
If you need help relaxing during the procedure, there is conscious sedation. Dr. Holcomb will prescribe a mild oral sedative for you to take before your appointment. Then, the surgery is performed while you relax in the dentist’s chair.
What is the Recovery Like After Surgery?
If you only have one dental implant placed, then you will likely be able to return to normal daily activities after your appointment. However, if you need more than one implant, then you may need a day or two to rest. While you recover, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, eat soft foods and brush gently around the surgical site.
How Long Will It Take to Heal?
That depends on how many dental implants you have. For one implant, healing takes between three to six months. If you’ve had more than one then healing runs a few months longer. While you heal, the implant and surrounding bone tissue integrate. Called osseointegration, this process is what anchors the implant, providing a strong foundation for your tooth restoration.
What Happens After Healing?
After your gums have healed and the implant is firmly set in your jawbone, you will return to our office to have the abutment attached to the implant. Then, in about two weeks, we will attach the appropriate tooth restoration.
How Long Can Implants Last?
Dental implants in Collierville may cost more initially, but unlike other tooth replacement options they are designed to last a lifetime. Stick to a strict oral hygiene routine at home and attend regular dental checkups, so the integrity of your implants can always be assured. Dental implants enjoy a 98 percent success rate. Take care of your implants and they will give you years of smiles!
Cost of Dental Implants
You really need to take several factors into consideration when analyzing the cost of dental implants. First, there is the cost of the implant and the number of posts you need to firmly secure your new teeth.
Next is the cost of implant surgery. Fortunately, Dr. Holcomb is able to perform the procedure in the office, so you won’t need to be referred to an oral surgeon, which could increase your cost.
Finally, there is a charge for the new tooth restoration. Depending on how many teeth you are replacing, you’ll either need a dental crown for a single tooth, a fixed bridge for several or a full denture to replace an entire row of teeth. These vary in price and will affect your total expense.