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Serving Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN

If you have lost a tooth, consider replacing it with a dental implant in Choto, which is regarded as the elite tooth replacement option currently available in restorative dentistry.

What sets apart a dental implant from all the other choices?

The fact is that a dental implant replaces the entire missing tooth structure, unlike any other form of tooth replacement options. Made of titanium, this screw is surgically placed in your jawbone, replacing the root of the missing tooth. When installed, the implant screw stimulates your supporting bone structure in the same way the tooth did, which helps prevent loss of jawbone and other devastating consequences of tooth loss. No other tooth replacement currently available can replace the tooth’s root.

Other parts of a dental implant include a crown, which replaces the exterior of the lost tooth. Our crowns are covered in high-grade dental porcelain that has the same ability to reflect light as natural tooth enamel and will be matched to the shade of your other existing teeth. The results are almost as good as having your natural tooth back!

What can I expect from receiving a dental implant?

The installation of a dental implant entails multiple appointments to our office in Choto, which likely will be several months apart.

At the first visit, after you receive an anesthetic, the dentist inserts the implant into your jawbone. As you heal from this procedure, your jawbone fuses to the implant. Every person heals differently, but this healing process typically takes 3-6 months.

Once you have healed completely, we begin with the crown portion of the procedure. We will take digital impressions of your teeth that are sent to our trusted dental lab to fabricate a specially made crown that attaches to the top of your dental implant.

Why consider a dental implant?

In addition to being the only restorative option that replaces the tooth’s root and preserves the jawbone, an implant has the following benefits:

  • An implant is permanent. It will not slip or shift like dentures can, and does not need to be removed from the mouth for cleaning. In fact, maintaining your implant is as easy as brushing and flossing your other teeth.
  • An implant is resistant to decay.
  • An implant stabilizes your bite, preventing or even resolving malocclusion (also known as a bad or misaligned bite), and safeguarding against other oral health problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD).
  • An implant aids in nutrition because you regain the ability to eat any foods you want.

Are dental implants right for me?

Dental implants are not a valid treatment option for children or any individual who suffers from gum disease. At Choto Family Dentistry, we will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health before beginning any work on an implant. If you do have gum disease, it must be treated first before an implant can be placed. This is to increase the success rate of your dental implant, and also to prolong the longevity of your results.

Dental Implants in Knoxville

Want to learn more about dental implants? Give us a call at Choto Family Dentistry by calling (865) 409-5077 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.