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The Larry M Smith Center of Dental Health | Dental Implants in Dayton, TN

The L M Smith Center For Dental Health PLLC
Larry M Smith, DDS, MAGD
Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
(423) 775-1464
180 Walnut Grove Road
Dayton Tennessee, 37321

Dental Implants

AGD Member

Dental implants are a durable and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are sometimes better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a medical grade titanium root form is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.

The implant is allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have a temporary restoration placed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain an aesthetic appearance for your smile.

After the implant has integrated it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your restoration. We have an onsite lab to create your restoration, whereas others would have to send it to an outside lab. Once completed, you return to the office to complete the implant with your new restoration.

Dayton, TN Dentist | Dental Implants. Larry Smith is a Dayton, TN Dentist.