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Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants look like natural teeth and restore full functionality.

Dental implants look like natural teeth and restore full functionality.

Of course we all hope we never need dental implants, but if you find yourself in a situation where you do, our team is here to explain the process, as well as the benefits of going with dental implants. Some reasons you may end up needing one include having lackluster dental hygiene and limited preventative care, or other reasons like lifestyle, smoking or unhealthy diet, or a traumatic event. All that said, if tooth loss is affecting your quality of life, dental implants are a great treatment choice, and their benefits are as follows.

Natural Look

One great thing about dental implants is they are aesthetically pleasing. This is a great option cosmetically, because dental implants are expertly fashioned to look just like natural teeth. Having a healthy smile is paramount, but we think loving your smile is extremely important too. We want you to enjoy a tooth loss solution that, in addition to being pragmatic, also enhances your smile and the way you feel about yourself.

Restore Chewing Power

On top of looking like natural teeth, dental implants also behave like them. This means that when you opt for an implant, your oral surgeon will help restore full chewing power. After getting your dental implant, you’ll be able to eat normally, and brush and floss your teeth normally as well.

Prevent Bone Loss

Dental implants also serve patients in the area of preventing bone loss. The jaw bone begins to deteriorate more quickly in areas where no tooth is present as a result of the lack of stimulation. If no implant is placed where a patient has suffered tooth loss, that bone area loses approximately 25% of its volume within the first year, and that bone loss only continues with time. But the dental implant not only restores chewing and functionality, but also provides necessary stimulation necessary for bone growth.

Dental implants are also an aesthetically pleasing fix for tooth loss.

Prevent Premature Facial Aging

As we grow older, the lower third of the face begins to collapse, gradually shortening the distance between the tip of the nose and the chin. This facial sagging that accompanies aging can be accelerated by tooth loss and consequently bone loss. These changes include excess and premature formation of wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips, and a more pointed appearance of the chin. This process can make a patient with bone loss look a lot older than he or she really is, but dental implants can help mitigate these issues.

If you have any questions about tooth loss treatments or dental implant procedures, our team would love to help answer them. Contact us anytime with questions or to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. We’re here here to preserve your smile!

An Overview of Dental Implants Cleveland TN

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Learn More about Dental Implants Cleveland TN

Could you be a good case for dental implants from Ocoee Oral Surgery in Cleveland TN? In this month’s blog, we cover different aspects of the procedure, which has been performed on more than 3 million people in the US, with another 500,000 surgeries performed each year.

More than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws, according to prosthodontists. Implants are the preferred method for treating tooth loss because they help preserve the jaw structure by preventing atrophy from bone loss.

Implants are a solution for replacing missing teeth, concealing large fillings, restoring the ability to bite and chew, improving speech, protecting weakened teeth from further damage, and preventing any drifting of remaining teeth out of position.<!–more→

Your Dental Implant Questions Answered

dental implants Cleveland TNWhat are dental implants? What are they made of?

Generally, dentistry implants are surgically implanted metal posts positioned directly into the jawbone beneath the gums, essentially “man-made artificial tooth roots” made from medical-grade titanium. Why titanium? Because the implants, over time, fuse naturally with bone, a process known as “osseointegration.” Following healing of surrounding gum tissue, the posts are connected to an artificial tooth (or teeth), either individually or grouped on a bridge or denture.

At Ocoee Oral Surgery, we perform:

Why go to the extent of surgery? By being infused to the jawbone, implants provide stable support not always found with alternatives. Implants function the same as natural teeth and maintain proper chewing function and exert appropriate, natural forces on the jawbone to keep it functional and healthy.

We cover what dental implants are in greater depth on the dedicated procedure page and encourage anyone interested in this to read further.

How do dental implants work?

The result is a secure fit that feels more natural than conventional bridges or dentures, which aren’t always possible or practical if a patient lacks adjacent teeth to attach a bridge to or suffers from a gag reflex that makes removable prostheses unpleasant. Bridgework and dentures address the cosmetic problem of missing teeth but also do not prevent bone loss.

Not everyone is a good fit for dental implants. For one thing, healthy gums and adequate bone are needed for support of the implant. In some cases, a bone graft can grow the bone needed to properly anchor the implant. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports the overall success rate of dental implant therapy as high as 98 percent.

Who does Dental Implants in Cleveland TN?

Looking for a Cleveland TN dentist that do dental implants? Our Board-Certified Oral Surgeons are Paul T. McCord, DDS, and Hunter T. McCord, DDS. Their extensive training and experience give them the skills needed to perform Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. They work to put patients at ease and achieve the desired results. You definitely want to choose a dental implant expert like our oral surgeons to minimize complications and lessen the risk of implant failure.

How much do dental implants cost? How much do dental implants cost per tooth? How much are dental implants for the whole mouth? Does Medicare pay for dental implants?

For your convenience, we accept cash, checks and credit cards, including CareCredit to finance restorative and cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants.

Implants are a long-term purchase with the potential to result in decades of return on investment. The average cost of single tooth dental implants is between $1,000-$3,000, while full mouth reconstructive implants average between $24,000-$100,000. The exact cost of any procedure depends on what a patient’s particular situation is and the depth of solutions needed to fully address it. No two patients or their customized dental implants treatments are exactly alike.

If you want to get Medicare dental coverage for dental implants, look into Medicare Advantage coverage. Also known as Medicare Part C, the Medicare Advantage program offers you a different way to get your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage plans are available from private insurance companies that contract with Medicare.

How long does a dental implant procedure take?

Total treatment time depends on a patient’s needs, medical and dental history, jawbone condition, and the technique and materials used. It can be as short as a few months for simple conditions.

Are dental implants safe? Does the procedure hurt?

For half a century, implants have proven to be safe and effective. No medical procedure is 100% free of complications, which is why it is important to choose the right oral surgeon. And when it comes to an individual patient’s health, the doctor’s need to review medical history and habits that could affect the recommended treatment, such as smoking. Every patient should go into a procedure fully informed about benefits and risks. Sedation techniques available at the time of treatment include a full range of anesthesia services, including IV Anesthesia.

What are some tips for making implants last longer?

Regular dental visits and dedicated oral hygiene are vital to the long-term success of dental implants. Smoking, uncontrolled diabetes or low bone density are conditions that can put implants at risk of long-term failure. What periodontal disease is to teeth, something called “peri-implantitis” is to implants, as both result in the loss of the supporting structure (bone).

Do tooth implants last forever?

Well-placed and cared for dental implants have the potential to last for decades. Well-cared for dental implants are ones regularly brushed and flossed with scheduled cleanings and check-ups – just like natural teeth!

Make Your Own Cleveland TN Dental Implants a Reality

The Consultation

The first step is to speak with the doctors about your particular situation, map the patient’s map, identify potential problems, and plan the implant procedure in advance. The entire process can take several months, so you should do it as soon as possible if you want to restore chewing function and regain a more confident smile sooner rather than later. Remember to bring your medical and dental insurance cards. If you have recent x-rays, feel free to bring them so we can determine the root structure of the teeth in question.

Taking the First Step

Contact our office at 2222 Chambliss Avenue NW in Cleveland TN by calling (423) 479-8544 or emailing [email protected].

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.


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Periodontal Disease Treatment: Bone Grafts for Dental Implants

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Periodontal Disease Treatment for Dental Implants

We perform an oral surgical procedure for Periodontal Disease Treatment, the Bone Graft, which serves to regenerate bone growth that has been lost as a result of the body’s immune system fighting bacterial infections. This month’s blog is dedicated to educating readers about the dangers of gum disease in the hope that you will understand the importance of taking care for your teeth and gums every day before the damage is done and bone must be grafted to allow for the possibility of future dental implants.

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Is Wisdom Teeth Removal a Must?

Wisdom teeth is common for many teens and young adults. While it is a common procedure, is it always necessary? Each person and case is unique and should be reviewed on an individual basis. Here are a few reasons removing wisdom teeth may be beneficial to your dental health.

We recommend removing wisdom teeth when they begin to cause gum problems. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain and swelling. If wisdom teeth have only partially broken through the jaw and tissues they are especially vulnerable to infections and cysts within the jaw bone and gum tissue.

In addition to crowding other teeth, the pockets they create can fill with bacteria and food causing damage to surrounding teeth. This can cause cavities within the root system and tooth extraction will likely be required.

Wisdom tooth removal may also be recommended if their position hinders chewing or jaw function. In some cases they can cause pain and damage to the soft tissues inside the mouth or cause discomfort while chewing.

Tooth alignment can also be affected as wisdom teeth come in. They can press against other teeth and consequently undo the work of braces, bridges, crowns, partial dentures and other types of dental work.

While there are a variety of reasons wisdom tooth removal may be beneficial, they may not have to be extracted if they are healthy, have fully broken through, are functioning properly and are not crowding other teeth.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from wisdom teeth, call our Cleveland oral surgeon to schedule an appointment.

Dental Implant FAQ

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Dental implants can be the permanent answer for individuals struggling with tooth loss. Dental implants provide a structurally sound restoration with the appearance of natural teeth. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions from patients considering dental implants.

Q: What are the benefits of dental implants?
A: Dental implants bond well to the jawbone and create a strong fit that are less likely to weaken over time. This option provides a natural appearance and feel.

Q: Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
A: There must be sufficient bone material for long term success with dental implants. X-rays and a jaw exam will help to determine if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. A bone graft may be recommended if you have experienced bone loss.

Q: What is the cost of dental implants?
A: Consider the long term cost of dental implants versus the long term cost of alternatives. While dentures and dental bridges may have a lower initial cost, they will lose their shape over time and will need to be replaced. Dental implants provide a lifelong solution.

Q: Should I do anything specific to take care of my dental implants?
A: Dental implants require care similar to that of your natural teeth. Proper brushing and regular visits to your dentist will ensure your natural, shining smile.

Our Cleveland oral surgeon provides a variety of dental implants, bridges, dentures and other alternatives to lessen the impact of tooth loss in your daily life. Contact us today for more information on tooth loss and dental implants.