Dental Implants

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Dental implants have truly been the greatest success story in dentistry in the last 35 years. By giving the dentist and patient another option, implants have revolutionized the practice of dentistry as it pertains to tooth replacement. Dental implants have now been in use for over 30 years and research points to a 20-year success rate of about 95%. This success rate far exceeds the long-term success rate for conventional bridges. The doctors at Knoxville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery have, between them, placed over 3,000 implants, with a success rate approaching 98%.

Dental implants are made of titanium alloy, the most bio-compatible metal available. The implants are placed in the bone, anchoring whatever the patient’s general dentist plans for tooth replacement. These implants can be used to replace a single tooth (or multiple teeth), support fixed bridges, and they can serve as a foundation to stabilize conventional dentures or partial dentures.

In the most traditional sense, implants were placed into well-healed extraction sites after four to six months of bone healing. In most cases now, we are able to place implants into a fresh extraction site on the same day the tooth is removed, thus speeding up the entire process.

There are very few contraindications that would prevent a patient from being a candidate for implants. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most well-qualified professionals to evaluate your case, always working in a team approach with your general dentist.