Dental implants provide unparalleled stability for restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures. Implants are small, titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots, creating a restoration that looks and feels natural.
With over 37 years of implant experience, Dr. Brian Riel can perform every stage of dental implant treatment, from preparatory procedures to implant placement at Bluegrass Dental in Murfreesboro, TN. Dr. Riel and his associate, Dr. Todd Martin, can also provide highly aesthetic implant-supported restorations to fully restore the form and function of your smile after tooth loss.
Benefits of Dental Implants
An implant-supported restoration is unique because it is able to replace the entire structure of your tooth, rather than just the chewing surface. Whether you need to restore a single tooth with a dental crown or a full arch with a set of dentures, implants can provide unrivaled stability.
In addition, dental implants can protect your overall oral health by stimulating the jawbone. When a tooth is lost, your body reroutes resources away from that section of the jaw, triggering tissue atrophy. Replacing tooth roots with a dental implant can stop this process and protect against future oral health issues.
Am I a Candidate for Implants?
Ideally, patients should be in good health and have enough jawbone tissue to support the posts. However, even if you have lost bone density, our doctors may be able to boost your candidacy with a bone graft or sinus lift procedure. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure, though, is to schedule a consultation at our office.
Planning Your Treatment
During your appointment, Dr. Riel or Martin can examine your oral health and assess your jawbone density with a series of scans and x-rays. Based on this information, the doctors can design a personalized treatment plan.
Depending on your health needs, this plan may include preparatory procedures, such as treatment for periodontal disease or a bone graft. However, if you do not qualify for dental implants, we may recommend an alternative restoration.
Placing Your Implants
Once you undergo any necessary preparation, Dr. Riel can perform dental implant placement surgery in our office. We offer several forms of sedation to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. During implant surgery, Dr. Riel will create a small incision in your gum tissue, make a small access hole in the jawbone, place the implant post, and close the incision with sutures.
At Bluegrass Dental, you can benefit from treatment from a dental implant specialist with over 37 years of experience.
Over the next three to six months, your implants will fuse with the surrounding bone to create a solid foundation for your restoration, a process known as osseointegration. Once the implants are fully fused, you can return to our office to receive the abutments that will connect the implant to your restoration.
At this point, we can take detailed impressions and send them to our laboratory. It may take a few weeks to fabricate your crown, bridge, or denture. As soon as it is complete, Dr. Riel or Martin can affix the prosthetic to your implant post. He can also make any adjustments to ensure you are satisfied with the final result.
Take Advantage of Unrivaled Support
An implant-supported restoration can rebuild the function, appearance, and comfort of your smile. At Bluegrass Dental, you can benefit from treatment from a dental implant specialist with over 37 years of experience. For more information about dental implants and our other restorative services, contact us online or call our office at (615) 896-4860 today.