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Are you missing a tooth or multiple teeth? The Dentists at Martin Dentistry provide several different dental implant options to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile and confidence. 

Why Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures or Other Removable Options?

Dental implants are permanent, stable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or all of your teeth. Dental implants are the only permanent solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can last a lifetime, unlike bridges, partials, and dentures that may need to be replaced several times. Although dental implants have a higher upfront cost than traditional dentures, they offer better long-term value for our patients. Call our offices in Kingsport or Johnson City today to discuss the dental implants solution that is best for you!

Dental implants have the highest success rate of all tooth replacement options and are the best long-term solutions for replacing missing teeth.

A major reason to consider dental implants for missing teeth is that they actually feel and function like your real teeth. If you know anyone in dentures, ask them how comfortable they are, how confident they are when they bite into an apple or chew steak, and how convenient it is to take them out to clean them every night. Dental implants are far superior in how they feel and function when compared to dentures or other removable options like partials.

When you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, the bone surrounding the missing tooth root will continue to resorb or shrink over the rest of your life. So for a patient that loses teeth in their 40s, by the time they are in their 50s and 60s, they often have that sunken-in look where it looks like they can touch their chin to their nose because they have lost so much bone in their facial structure. Dental implants help preserve bone, which keeps your facial structure looking strong, full, and healthy.

Dental Implant Treatment FAQ

There are a number of reasons you should consider a dental implant.

Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is. There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.

Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.

Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.

Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.

Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve the quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.

The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a dentist at one of our locations in Kingsport or Johnson City examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you.

Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.

Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to placing dental implants and allow you to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.

The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the dentist places the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, your are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.

The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.

With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask your dentist to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.

It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.

Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist in six months, or more frequently if so advised.

Why Choose Martin Dentistry?

In most cases when you get a dental implant, you will see an oral surgeon or periodontist for your implant placement, then you will see a general dentist to restore or place the crown on the implant. What makes us unique is we place and restore the implants from start to finish. This is not only more convenient for the patient, but gives us a unique ability to plan the surgical placement of the implant and the final restoration of the implant crown to make sure the outcome is functionally and cosmetically exactly what we want it to be.

Dr. Kevin Martin, DDS Showing A Patient an X-Ray

Losing a tooth can be devastating, not only because it affects the way you look, but also because it can lead to other physical problems that may affect your health and prevent you from smiling with confidence. 

We are committed to providing quality healthcare to families located in the Tri-Cities area and treating patients of all ages. We provide comprehensive solutions for our patients' oral health needs. There is a story behind every smile, and we would love to be a part of yours!

To learn more about any of our services, contact our office today!