Dental Implants in Nashville and Dickson

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

Enjoy Eating and Smile Without Hesitation With Dental Implants

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“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Haley and Dr. Culbreath are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Haley and Culbreath perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Tennessee Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry
Spencer A. Haley DDS and Jeffrey L. Culbreath DDS

5 out of 5 stars based on 39 Dental Implants reviews

Patient Review By Allison K

I have had some experiences with dentists in the past that have made me dread dental procedures. Dr. Haley has changed that for me. I had an implant done with a local and gas. The whole procedure was completely painless and it only took 45 minutes. I drove home and expected to have massive pain. It did not happen! I never had to take any medicine. My implant is flush with my gums and I do not even notice it. As a bonus, Dr. Haley is very personable and his staff was very accommodating. I would highly recommend!

- Allison K

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Patient Review By Logan G

Dr. Hailey and destiny made my procedure easy and as enjoyable as an oral surgery can be!

- Logan G

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Patient Review By Ima W

Dr. Haley is a fabulous Oral Surgeon who is very professional and friendly. His attention to detail is amazing. He is extremely knowledgeable and extraordinarily skillful, with an excellent attitude, very friendly demeanor and I highly recommend him. His staff is professional, well trained and helpful. If you need his expertise, do yourself a favor and call his office, you will be glad you did!

- Ima W

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Patient Review By Michelle H

Great job by entire staff!

- Michelle H

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Patient Review By Vern D

Dr Haley is amazingly talented and skilled. Also, he is also just an incredibly nice person, that pays it forward! Madeline, Destiny, and his staff are first class as well !

- Vern D

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Patient Review By Ella A

Dr. Culbreath has done two implants for me and both were done perfectly and pretty much painlessly. He listens, is completely "present" with his patient, encourages questions, explains everything in understandable terms, and follows up after the procedure. No one wants to have oral surgery, but if/when I do again I would not go anywhere else!!

- Ella A

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Patient Review By Susan C

Went much better and much easier than I expected.

- Susan C

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Patient Review By Shichun B

Dr. Haley is the best oral surgeon I know. He is super kind, takes time to explain everything, makes me feel he treats me the way he would treat his own family members. He has superb skills, I have 100% confidence in him, and would recommend him to everyone. I feel fortunate to have Dr. Haley as my doctor

- Shichun B

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Patient Review By Debbie H

The team is able to handle special situations and take care that you are not in pain.

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Patient Review By Jerry P

Super friendly Super competent Great group of people

- Jerry P

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