When you lose a tooth, you may find yourself smiling less or avoiding certain foods because it hurts to chew. Depending on the location of the missing tooth, you may not be able to speak clearly. These inconveniences all add up to frustration, discomfort, and reduced quality of life.
At Briarwood Dental, we want you to enjoy the benefits of healthy, attractive teeth that don't hurt and function well. We are pleased to offer dental implants at our Bowling Green dental office that replace missing teeth and restore your beautiful smile.
Why Our Dentists Prefer Dental Implants
Dr. Kevin Clemmons prefers dental implants because they are the only tooth replacement that consists of a titanium replacement root placed in your jaw bone.
Dentures sit on top of your gums, so they’re prone to shifting and moving. A dental bridge fills the space left by a missing tooth, but we have to alter adjacent teeth to anchor it in place.
Offers Support for Bridges and Dentures
Dental implants are a better solution than either dentures or bridges because the bone in your jaw supports them. Even better, we can pair dental implants with dentures for the best of both worlds; you’ll enjoy the comfort and function of a full set of natural-looking teeth, and the confidence of knowing your dentures aren’t going to move unexpectedly.
Prevents Loss of Bone in Your Jaw
As soon as you lose a tooth, the bone in your jaw starts breaking down. When you lose bone, the contours of your jaw change and your face starts to take on an aged appearance. If bone loss continues, you may even lose more teeth. To prevent this, we place a dental implant that acts like a natural tooth root to prevent bone loss.
The Dental Implant Process
Now that you know what dental implants do, we’d like to tell you a little bit about how the process works.
Planning Your Dental Implants
We place a single titanium implant to replace one tooth or multiple implants to support a bridge or denture. During the planning stage, Dr. Clemmons uses 3-D cone beam imaging to evaluate bone density in your jaw.
Cone beam imaging also shows us other structures such as nerve pathways, blood vessels, and sinuses. This information helps Dr. Clemmons plan exactly where to place the implant for an efficient procedure and the best long-term outcome.
Placing Your Dental Implant
Dr. Clemmons places your dental implant here at our Bowling Green, KY dental office. By using 3-D cone beam imaging, they know beforehand precisely where to place the implant, so they can usually complete the process in about an hour.
Placing a dental implant is not a complicated procedure, but many of our patients opt for sedation to minimize their anxiety. Ask us about oral conscious sedation where you take a sedative an hour before your procedure If you are very anxious, Dr. Clemmons is also trained to administer IV sedation and will be happy to explain its benefits when we plan your surgery.
The Healing Process
The next step requires some patience on your part; it can take anywhere between three and six months for the implant to heal in your jaw. As the implant heals, it fuses with the bone and tissue in your jaw to support the crown, bridge, or denture we attach to it.
Placing Your Dental Crown, Bridge, or Denture
Before your implant surgery, our dentists will help you decide which type of restoration—dental crown, bridge, or denture—will work best for you. After the implant heals, we attach a small connector piece called an abutment that will support your new restoration. The final step is to attach the restoration to the abutment, and the result is a natural-looking replacement that looks, functions, and feels just like a natural tooth.
Call Us to Arrange an Appointment
Choosing dental implants is a big decision, and we’re here to help! Please call Briarwood Dental to learn how we use dental implants to replace missing teeth in Bowling Green, KY.