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.
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.
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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.
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
Jeffrey L. Culbreath DDS
Patient Review By Charlotte B
Best dental service I've ever had!
- Charlotte B
Patient Review By Kim Y
Painless experience with a great doctor.
- Kim Y
Patient Review By Vern D
Amazing staff, and it comes from the top ...Dr Haley is the best!!! Robin made the whole process seamless and extremely professional!
- Vern D
Patient Review By Bill C
This is an outstanding oral surgery practice. The entire staff is highly competent, talented, friendly and warm. I had one implant a few years ago with excellent results. I'm presently in the process of having three more, and it is going very well. Dr. Haley is an accomplished surgeon and a trusted professional. He also has an excellent sense of humor. I look forward to every visit and have come to view the staff as my good friends. If you're in need of oral surgery, and seek a warm, caring, competent, pain-free and stress-free experience, this is definitely the place for you. They are the best, hands down.
- Bill C
Patient Review By Lockie "Ima" W
This was the best experience I have haver had in a Doctors Office from the receptionist to the dental chair to out the door.. Dr. Haley is not only an absolute professional, he is a kind and caring individual. He immediately made me feel relaxed as if I were a family member. I feel that I could call him and he would help me with no hesitation. I no longer live in Nashville, but if I have a dental problem, I feel I could get in my car, go see Dr. Haley and be completely comfortable with his treatment plan....
- Lockie "Ima" W
Patient Review By Sue O
Dr. Haley and his staff always know my name. Even when they don't have my chart in front of them. I feel like this office is a part of my family.
- Sue O
Patient Review By Alyssa P
Staff is absolutely wonderful! They literally treat you like family. I will never go anywhere else!!!
- Alyssa P
Patient Review By Paul B
A fine experience, was good
- Paul B
I just has a tooth extraction and felt no pain. It was so quick that wasn't even aware that the tooth was our. Dr. Haley and his assistant were wonderful !
Patient Review By Cliff M
Dr. Provence and his staff are the best. After 10 years with undiagnosed diabetes, I woke up one day with a mouthful of problems. Besides the necessary extractions, I've had five implants placed and only have two to go! They process my insurance for me and answer any questions I might have. They never rush anyone, and take all the time needed to make sure you understand the process. Other dentists have tried to compete for my implant work, but I am so happy where I am, I would never change providers. Implants are such a superior alternative to dentures, the extra time and cost are well worth the investment. I also took my children to see Dr. Provence when it came time to deal with either their wisdom teeth, or when extractions were needed to make room for braces.
- Cliff M