Discover the wonderful benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental implants to treat your tooth loss.
Are you wondering what the right treatment option is after tooth loss? We know how challenging it can be to choose the ideal restoration to suit your needs, which is why our Madison, TN, dentists Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson are here to help make the decision easier. We offer a full range of tooth replacement options. One restoration that more and more adults are turning to in order to replace missing teeth is a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a metal screw or post that is surgically placed into a drilled hole in the jawbone. The implant itself isn’t visible when you smile since it will be under the gumline; however, a false tooth can be attached to the top of the post. The purpose of an implant is to replace the roots of your teeth, which provide your jawbone with the stimulation it needs to prevent bone loss (a complication of untreated tooth loss).
Can dental implants replace multiple teeth?
Just because a single implant is only designed to replace one missing tooth doesn’t mean that multiple implants cannot be placed along the arches of the jawbone to support dentures. Implant-supported dentures are ideal for patients with healthy jawbones that are having trouble keeping their dentures in place.
Getting dental implants can be particularly advantageous for patients who are missing all of their upper teeth, as it can be more challenging to keep full upper dentures in place. Implants ensure that dentures don’t shift or move around particularly when chewing or speaking.
What goes into getting a dental implant?
In order to get a dental implant our Madison, TN, restorative dentist will need to perform minor surgery. This can be done under local anesthesia, which will numb the area prior to opening up the gums and placing the implant into the jawbone.
During the healing process, which can take anywhere from three to six months, the jawbone will heal around the implant and fuse together with the metal post to become one permanent unit. From there, we can attach the false tooth or dentures on top of the implant.
Are you interested in getting dental implants in Madison, WI? If so, the next step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Call Thomasson Dental today.
How your dentists in Madison, TN, can make your dental visit more enjoyable
If you feel nervous when someone mentions going to the dentist, you need to find out about sedation dentistry. Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, offer a wide range of dental sedation techniques to help make your next dental visit more relaxing and anxiety-free—read on to learn more!
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Dental anxiety is the real deal, and it’s not “all in your head.” In fact, dental anxiety produces some very real physical changes like increased heart rate, quick, shallow breathing, sweating, and other uncomfortable symptoms. The good news is, no matter what your level of dental anxiety is, there is a dental sedation technique which is perfect for you.
At Thomasson Dental, you can choose from:
- Oral Sedation: Taken in pill form, usually about an hour before your appointment, this treatment allows you to respond to questions, but you won’t remember much of your appointment.
- Inhaled Conscious Sedation: A combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen inhaled through a nosepiece, the effects of this sedation leave your body quickly after treatment.
- Intravenous Sedation: This method involves liquid sedative medication being delivered directly into a vein, which provides the most profound sedation, delivered immediately.
Dental sedation is completely safe, and it allows you and your dentist to complete necessary dental treatment in a calm, relaxing atmosphere. However, you should plan on bringing someone with you who can drive you home after treatment.
For more detailed information about sedation dentistry, please visit the Sedation Dentistry section on the website at https://www.thomassondental.com/sedation-dentistry.html
Interested? Give us a Call!
You deserve to have a great dental appointment to take care of your great smile, and sedation dentistry can help you get the most out of your dental appointment. To find out more about what sedation dentistry can do for you, call Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, today! The number is (615) 865-1732.
Dentures resolve the aesthetic concerns related to tooth loss, but they don’t always give you a lasting and reliable solution to your dental woes—you can enjoy more dental benefits when you have dental implants installed. Allow a dentist at Thomasson Dental PLLC in Madison, TN, to consult you about this procedure, including what would make you a good candidate.
Dental Implants: What Do They Do?
Dental implants restore missing tooth matter, including the root and crown, after a patient loses their original tooth. The actual implant is a screw made of titanium that integrates with your natural bone tissue. About three-quarters of the implant sits below the gumline with a small part showing above, which is used as a support for a porcelain crown restoration. Implanted teeth are attractive, feel natural, and aid in oral functions.
Dental Implants: Are They for You?
If you want to replace your missing tooth without having to worry about repeating the treatment in the future, then dental implants may be right for you! They protect and promote good gum health. You may also be a candidate for implants if you have multiple missing teeth, as custom implant-supported denture devices can be fabricated by a dental specialist. Your Madison, TN, dentist will review your overall dental health as well as the area where the implant would sit to ensure that there is good bone density.
Dental Implants: Maintenance and Care
When you wear dentures, you must remove them each night for thorough cleaning and soaking—this is not the case with dental implants. At night (and each morning), simply brush your teeth and floss as you usually would do. Your dental implants are most at risk when your gum health is poor and plaque begins to turn to calculus. See your dentist regularly for deep cleanings if you have had problems with periodontitis in the past. Eating a better diet, including calcium-rich foods, can also help you preserve your dental implants for as long as possible.
Schedule Your Visit
You’ll finally be able to see your smile “whole” again when it’s enhanced with dental implants. Contact Thomasson Dental PLLC in Madison, TN at (615) 865-1732 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Mark Thomasson or Dr. Andrew Thomasson.
October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which is a month to both educate patients on oral hygiene and recognize the impact dental hygienist make on our oral health. Our favorite dental hygienist, Kayla, has been with the Thomasson Dental team for almost a year. One of her favorite parts of the job is getting to know patients, so we thought we’d let our patients get to know her a little better.
Here’s our Q&A with Kayla:
Q: Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist?
Kayla: I looked into many healthcare related fields and decided I like the flexible hours.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the job?
Kayla: I enjoy getting to know patients.
Q: What’s one thing you wished patients knew?
Kayla: We are here to help them and wants what’s best for their overall health, as well as their oral health.
Q: Any tips for relaxing in the dental chair?
Kayla: Take deep breaths and let us know if something is bothering you.
Q: Favorite toothbrush?
Kayla: Sonicare Flexcare
Q: Favorite toothpaste?
Kayla: Crest Complete with Scope
Q: Favorite place to eat?
Q: Dream vacation?
Q: Favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Kayla: Spending time with friends outdoors.
Kayla is a Registered Dental Hygienist with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene from Western Kentucky University. Any descriptions of companies or products mentioned in this post are strictly opinions of the interviewee and are in no way promoted by Thomasson Dental.
By now, if you have been keeping up with Thomasson Dental or been in to see us recently, you know we are moving to a new location. We are very excited about the upcoming move and want to bring our loyal patients along for the ride with updates throughout the process. We also want to reassure everyone that we aren’t moving far, and in case you’re wondering, Dr. Mark isn’t planning on retiring anytime soon.
Our new address will be 1114 Gallatin Pike, North (only 2.4 miles up the road), and our estimated move in date will be December 2018! The building previously belonged to Dr. Karen Duffy, who treated patients for more than 30 years at the Minor Medical Emergency Center. We are excited to bring new life to the building and continue to use the space to serve and care for those in the Madison-Rivergate community, along with the greater Nashville area.
We are proud to be working with Center Pointe Construction to make this dream a reality and have already made some great progress! Since purchasing the building in March of 2018, we’ve had the plans completed and were ready to begin demo. Like many buildings built in the 1960’s, this building had asbestos. This road block set us back a few months from our initial time line and proved to be a much bigger hurdle than we first realized.
Never the less, after a complete abatement of the demolition phase we received clearance from the Metro Health Department and have obtained our building permit! Now working with a clean slate, the rooms have been lined out, and the mason has begun relocating widows to ensure each operatory has plenty of natural light to help keep you relaxed during visits. We’re looking forward to this next stage of construction, as our new office takes shape.
Check out the pictures of the progress thus far and stay tuned for updates along the way!
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