Whether you have lost one or more teeth, you may be struggling with pain, limited ability to chew, and impacted speech.
Drs. Damien F. Armstrong and Claire Logan can place and restore dental implants for patients in Chattanooga and East Brainerd, TN.
Why are dental implants highly recommended?
The Gold Standard for Tooth Replacement
Long-LastingYour dental implants can last 40 years or even a lifetime with proper care and dental hygiene maintenance. However, your restoration will need to be replaced about every 10 years or so.
Prevent Jawbone AtrophyIf treatment is delayed for too long, jawbone tissue begins to recede. However, dental implants can act as tooth roots, halting this process and preserving the strength of the jaw.
Increased StabilityTraditional dentures can easily slip out of place when eating or speaking. However, implant-supported dentures remain firmly in place and increase the strength of your bite.
An implant-supported restoration replaces the entire tooth...
Excellent Support for Dentures, Bridges and Crowns
If you have lost teeth, dental implants placed by Dr. Damien Armstrong at his Chattanooga practice can provide excellent support for dentures, bridges and crowns. These small titanium posts are anchored in the jaw bone, providing support that is as dependable and strong as natural tooth roots. Placing dental implants requires two surgeries and three to six months of healing time, but can provide a lifetime of functionality and comfort. Dr. Armstrong takes part in continuing education in this revolutionary treatment, and is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). To learn more about dental implants placed at River City Dentistry, please contact our Chattanooga practice serving East Brainerd and surrounding communities today.
If you are a non-smoker who needs all or several of your teeth replaced, you may be a candidate for dental implants. You must also have adequate bone mass in your jaw. If you lack the necessary bone mass, a bone graft may be performed to accommodate the implant. Similarly, if you require implants in your upper jaw, a sinus lift may be necessary. This is a process of grafting bone to the upper jaw, and "lifting" the sinus cavities so that the implant will not interfere with them. Preliminary x-rays will reveal if either of these preliminary procedures are necessary.
The initial surgery begins with a local anesthetic to ensure your best possible comfort during the procedure. A small incision is made in the gums, exposing the jaw bone. A small pilot hole is drilled into the bone, and the threaded implant is inserted. Next, the gum is stitched closed over the implant. Over the next three to six months, a process called osseointegration takes place, in which the bone fuses to the implant. Once this process is complete, you will return for a second surgery. A special abutment attached to the implant, which will serve as the point of connection with your restoration. Finally, the necessary molds of your teeth and gums will be taken to begin creating your dentures, bridge, or crown.