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Dental Implants

Dental Implants Restore Missing Teeth and Oral Health

Virtually all oral health care providers consider dental implants to be the premier method of tooth replacement. These small metal screws (sometimes referred to as posts) are inserted directly into your jawbone. When your bone and gums have healed, they can support a lifelike restoration. Dr. Stephen K. Malone and Dr. Michael J. Costa, Jr. both have expertise and years of experience in partial or whole mouth rehabilitation using implant treatments.

Because they collaborate on treatment planning, you have the benefit of two expert minds considering the best options for your oral health circumstances. And, because they place implants and restore them, themselves, most patients do not need the services of an oral surgeon or periodontist to have implant treatment. There are special circumstances when, Dr. Malone and Dr. Costa do refer a patient to an oral surgeon for a sinus lift or other advanced bone grafting procedure, but most patients with one or more missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants without advanced surgery.

Placing an implant is easy using a local anesthetic, and recovery following placement is not difficult. Gum tissue discomfort is easily managed with over the counter pain relievers. After an implant has been placed in the jawbone, there is a period of osseointegration during which time the bone grows snugly around the screw, anchoring it in place. After this period, Dr. Malone or Dr. Costa will attach an abutment on the screw and a custom-crafted prosthetic tooth or multi-tooth prosthesis.

One of today’s most popular treatments is the retention of denture on a minimum number of implants. We are happy to talk about this option with you. For example, if your have a removable denture and are tired of it becoming dislodged and the limitations it puts on your chewing and speaking function, then having your denture snap on a minimum number implants will create remarkable stability and improved quality of life. Even edentulous patients, who have lost all their teeth on an arch, can have a hybrid full overdenture retained on as few as four implants. This treatment provides the most lifelike results.

If you are looking for dental implants near Knoxville TN, contact our office today to learn more about dental implants and find out if they are right for you.

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