A missing tooth can be detrimental to your oral health and your confidence. At Tennessee Implant and Oral Surgery, we offer single tooth implants as a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants give patients the ability to chew, speak, and smile with ease. If you are located near Lebanon and are missing a tooth, call us today to schedule a consultation!
Dental implants have the unique ability to strengthen and protect your jaw after tooth loss
Single-tooth implants at Tennessee Implant & Oral Surgery can typically be placed in just two short appointments
Dental implants have the longest lifespan of any restorative treatment, making them a great long-term investment
Dr. Kirk has years of experience placing implants and can provide you with a beautiful, durable replacement tooth
Compared to dental bridges, single tooth implants have a number of benefits. Bridges usually last 10-15 years, while implants can easily last 30+. Most patients keep their implants for the rest of their lives. While implants are usually more costly upfront, the long lifespan of an implant means that in the long-term, they are the best investment in your oral health. In addition, dental implants strengthen your jaw and prevent bone loss, while dental bridges do not. Single tooth dental implants also feel more natural and require less care than dental bridges.
During your consultation, Dr. Kirk will use x-rays and images of your mouth to create an implant placement plan. Then, you’ll come in for your first appointment and he will clean and numb your mouth. Next, a small opening will be created in your gums and jaw, and the implant will be inserted. The area will be cleaned and sutured shut to complete the placement procedure.
Next, you’ll need to recover from treatment. Before your crown can be attached to your implant, the site must heal and undergo the process of “osseointegration.” This is a process that integrates the implant with the surrounding jaw bone, and it typically takes about 3-6 months. During this time, Dr. Kirk will work closely with a dental lab to create your crown.
When your jaw bone has healed completely, you’ll come in for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Kirk will check the dental crown to make sure it fits perfectly, then bond it into place to complete your implant procedure.
Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are common after your implant is placed, and you’ll need to follow the recovery instructions provided by Dr. Kirk to ensure that it heals properly. Most patients are able to get back to their normal, day-to-day lives after just 24-48 hours, and these symptoms should disappear after about 7-10 days.
"We take a team approach to help you find a solution to your oral surgery problem."
– Dr. Kirk
“I had 3 teeth extracted and this was by far the best dental visit I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. It was actually a pleasant visit with a wonderful staff and a very professional surgeon. No other dentist will ever work on me other than Dr. Kirk.”
“The absolute best dental office I've ever been to! Everything was clearly explained and all staff were very professional, welcoming, caring and patient with me as I was very scared! Couldn't ask for a better experience with my very first surgery!! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!”