Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or an entire dental arch, restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease and confidence. Dr. Randall P. Prince has been placing dental implants at his Dyersburg, TN, practice for more than 30 years. He can use his expertise and advanced technology to precisely place these titanium posts securely in your jaw, replacing lost tooth roots. As a leading expert in this field, Dr. Prince places and restores implants to rebuild and improve both function and aesthetics to his patients’ smiles. Our practice also has offered oral conscious sedation since 1996, and can offer you comfortable, safe treatment.
Dental implants are small metal posts, typically made from titanium. These posts are surgically placed in your jaw to replace tooth roots of lost teeth. Over time, the implants can fuse with the jawbone, creating a permanent, lifelike foundation for a customized restoration. This life-changing treatment has helped countless patients rebuild their smiles with unparalleled benefits and aesthetics.
Preparing for Dental Implants
Preparing for dental implants includes an initial consultation with Dr. Prince. To determine if you qualify for treatment, our team will use our cone beam scanner and digital x-rays to gain a more accurate picture of your jaw structure and oral health. If you have sufficient, dense bone tissue, Dr. Prince can then use these scans to begin planning the placement of your implants.
If you lack sufficient bone, he may recommend a preliminary bone grafting or sinus lift procedure. These treatments rebuild the bone in the jaw to provide adequate support for implants and ensure you have enough room in your for the posts. Patients who require a preparatory procedures should understand that these surgeries lengthen the overall treatment timeline. A healing period of four to nine months must take place after grafting before implant surgery can occur.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in our office. Dr. Prince offers oral conscious sedation along with the use of local anesthetics to help ensure you remain completely comfortable. The procedure usually takes about an hour to complete, although more complex cases may take longer.
Once you are ready, Dr. Prince will carefully create incisions in the gums. With access to the jawbone, he will create space in you jawbone for your implant posts in pre-determined, highly precise locations. Dr. Prince will then secure the implants posts in place, closing the incisions when he is finished. For patients needing a tooth extraction, he can often place an implant immediately following the tooth removal.
Recovery and Lasting Results
After your implants are placed, your jaw will fully heal over the next three to six months. During this time, a process known as osseointegration takes place, during which your jawbone can fuse with the dental implants. This fusion creates the permanent and stable foundation for which dental implants are highly regarded. Once the healing phase is complete, Dr. Prince can craft beautiful, lifelike dentures, bridges, or crowns to restore your implants.
Your restoration will be highly aesthetic and realistic. The superior support provided by dental implants can allow you to speak, eat, and smile with full confidence that your restoration will not slip or shift. In addition, your implant-supported restoration can improve your oral health because dental implants send regenerative signals to your jawbone, preventing bone loss.
With his experience and training, Dr. Prince can provide the personalized, state-of-the-art dental implants treatment you need to restore your smile.
Find Out if These Advanced Restorations are Right for You
Dr. Prince is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and has completed over 400 hours of continuing education. He is also a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the number one group for implantologists in the country. With his experience and training, Dr. Prince can provide the personalized, state-of-the-art dental implants treatment you need to restore your smile. Contact our dental office online or call today at (731) 286-1583 to schedule your consultation.