When you are a kid, losing a tooth is no big deal. It is a normal part of life. For adults, tooth loss is far less desirable, though hardly uncommon. Millions of Americans lose their teeth due to disease, dental neglect, traumatic accidents, and more. Dental implants provide a stable replacement for missing teeth, not just restoring your natural smile but also allowing you to keep enjoying all your favorite foods.
As two of the most trusted dental implant providers in the region, Dr. Felts and Dr. Randall strive to offer the best periodontal and dental implant care in the southeastern area. And since 1961, the team at Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants has greeted each patient with friendly service and comprehensive care.
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone, replacing the lost tooth root. Once the implants are surgically anchored and fully healed, replacement teeth, such as a crown, bridge, or other restoration, can be placed on top. These replacement teeth look and feel just like your natural teeth.
Some of the benefits of dental implants include:
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The first step in the dental implant process is an evaluation with Dr. Felts or Dr. Randall. During this appointment, you will provide basic medical information, have images and CT scans taken, and learn more about the dental implant process. Our doctors will ensure a treatment plan that fits your specific needs. Our doctors also screen for gum disease to make sure your opportunity for implant success can be optimized.
Often, unhealthy teeth may need extraction before dental implant placement. Dr. Felts and Dr. Randall typically recommend IV sedation, ensuring you do not feel pain and do not remember the details of your surgical experience. If needed, our doctors will perform bone grafting to ensure the socket is an ideal place to anchor a dental implant.
Dental implant placement is usually a relatively short procedure and may be performed with IV sedation to eliminate any discomfort. The implants are carefully positioned in the appropriate sockets, then left for roughly three months to heal in place, ensuring their long-term health and stability.
If you receive an immediate implant, you will have your extraction and implant placement performed on the same day and leave the office with a temporary replacement tooth. You will need to visit your regular dentist once the implants are anchored in place, at which time the natural-looking replacement teeth will be positioned onto the implants.
Compared to traditional dentures, dental implants are the best long-term investment you can make that preserves both your underlying bone and the adjacent teeth. Because of this, dental implants have emerged as the preferred solution for missing or unhealthy teeth. Implants represent a stable and comfortable alternative to dentures and a smart way to address tooth loss.
Following your dental implant procedure, you should experience only minimal discomfort. Many patients feel ready to return to work and resume their normal activities the very next day.
In terms of aftercare, you should continue regular dental hygiene care, such as brushing, flossing, and keeping the treated area as clean as possible. Our doctors may provide more detailed care instructions during the initial consultation.
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Why Choose Chattanooga Perio
Chattanooga Periodontics and Dental Implants boasts a 60-year track record of providing high-quality patient care. We are a true 3rd generation family business and go out of our way to help patients feel like they are part of the family, too. Dr. Felts and Dr. Randall offer a warm and welcoming practice environment, along with a team that is kind, knowledgeable, and approachable. But enough from us, hear from our patients first hand!
You deserve a healthy and natural smile free of missing teeth. Dr. Felts and Dr. Randall will work with you to regain your confidence and comfort through dental implants. Contact our practice in Chattanooga, TN today to get started.
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