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Secure & Effective Dental Implants

With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Locante at Nashville Dental Implant Center in Brentwood, TN, can help restore your smile. As a world renowned implant dentist, educator, and author, Dr. Locante will deliver you the smile you love.

At our office, we specialize in the placement of ceramic (metal-free) dental implants and implant placement to secure upper and lower dentures. We ensure your satisfaction in the visual result and the functionality of your mouth.

What are dental implants?

Choose dental implants

If you’re debating on choosing dental implants or dentures to restore your smile, consider dental implants for their stability and security for a lifetime. With dental implants, you can enhance your smile without anyone knowing they aren’t your real teeth.

The implant process

During your initial visit, your dentist will install the screw in your jawbone, which will stimulate bone growth. After installing the tooth, your dentist places your gum over it to heal and then connects the screw to your crown. We ensure that the crown matches the color and appearance of your natural teeth.

Implant candidates

Anyone missing teeth can be a candidate for dental implants. However, uncontrolled diabetics and cancer patients who have recently received radiation therapy at the implant area site are not good candidates.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implant services can help you achieve a healthier and more visually-appealing smile immediately. If you qualify for the procedure, we can administer your dental implant in just one day. Some advantages of dental implants include:

  • Visually Appealing
  • Tooth-saving
  • Build Confidence
  • High Success Rate

How can I protect my dental implants?

Remember to maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. As long as you practice good oral hygiene, your dental implant will stay in good shape. Unlike bridges, implants can replace your missing teeth without harming your surrounding teeth. Once a reliable, beautiful implant is in your mouth, you can enjoy a boost of self-confidence and higher self-esteem.

How can I protect my dental implants?

Remember to maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. As long as you practice good oral hygiene, your dental implant will stay in good shape. Unlike bridges, implants can replace your missing teeth without harming your surrounding teeth. Once a reliable, beautiful implant is in your mouth, you can enjoy a boost of self-confidence and higher self-esteem.

Types of Dental Implants

Ceramic Dental Implants

All-ceramic and metal-free holistic dental implants are the newest material being offered. Dr. Locante is one of few doctors that provides ceramic dental implants, also known as Zirconia implants. Although Zirconium is metal, we use the ceramic portion of it known as zirconia oxide. Therefore, there is no metal in the implant and creates a completely natural look.

Using zirconia oxide, we can create a metal-free implant, which offers numerous advantages for patients. If you suffer from metal allergies or sensitivities, these implants are non-metallic and biocompatible with bone. Because of this compatibility, the jawbone grows around the implant, making it firm and stable.

Same-Day Dental Implants

We offer same-day dental implants, also known as “Teeth Today,” an advanced technique involving the surgical placement of implants and the restorative tooth’s immediate placement. This is an easy, effective, and pain-free procedure. Dr. Locante and his staff are trained to administer all types of sedation dentistry services, and 99.9% of patients report no discomfort during the procedure.

The process starts with radiographs, potentially a CT scan, and software that creates an advanced surgical guide to precisely place the implants. Then, a laboratory technique allows the fabrication of restoration before the surgical placement. This highly-advanced technique requires a skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable surgeon, such as Dr. Locante, to perform these procedures. Instead of replacing just one tooth, some patients need a full set of uppers and lowers. In these cases, all-on-four dental implants can be installed in just one office visit.

Endosteal Dental Implants

This type of implant goes into your jawbone to make a replacement tooth that functions just like your natural teeth. You will generally get a cylinder implant, consisting of ceramic, polymeric, or titanium materials, or a blade, with an abutment to connect the crown. If your damaged tooth is still present, it will be removed first.

You will probably wait four to six weeks for the bone to grow around the implant. During this time, you can eat and drink like normal. When the healing process is complete, we install the abutment that attaches to your implant and secures your denture, crown, or bridge. We make endosteal dental implants so that they perfectly match the shape, color, and size of your surrounding teeth for an entirely natural appearance.

Subperiosteal Dental Implants

Subperiosteal dental implants are dental implants that consist of a metal framework and are mainly for patients who have bone loss in their jaw. Instead of going into your jaw, subperiosteal dental implants are a metal frame inserted in the thin layer of tissue between your gum and the bone. This implant is less common today because of advances made in bone grafting, designs, and imaging.

There are usually two surgery appointments for subperiosteal dental implants. The first appointment is where the dentist opens up your gums to expose the bone. First, we take an impression of the bone’s contours and shape to design the implant’s frame and struts. Your gums are then closed and opened up again, once healed, to place the implant against your jawbone. Once the implant is in your gums, your gums have to heal before you can get a permanent bridge. There is a significant dental implant complication rate for this procedure, so it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene.

“Dr. Locante and his staff provided a perfect experience through the COVID-19 pandemic. Bone graft surgery on the upper jaw and implants that look and perform better than the teeth replaced. Thank you!”

 

Floyd S.

Additional Information

Dental Implant Complications

You should not have to worry about dental implant complications. Although, problems can occur, and you may need restorative dentistry services to solve them. Some factors that can cause complications include:

  • Unsuccessful implant placement
  • Lack of good oral hygiene
  • Mouth/jaw trauma
  • Metal allergy
  • Lack of bone or tissue regeneration
  • Peri-implantitis issues

If you are experiencing implant break-down, loosening of the implant, or other issues, please have the implants examined as soon as possible. We will help you determine if the best treatment is to reverse the current issue or replace the implant.

Trusted Procedures & Partnerships

Dr. Locante is a world-renowned Dental Implantologist and leader in the field of implantology. He has helped numerous patients restore their smiles after experiencing dental implant complications. He has expertise in immediate surgical placement, guided surgery, immediate loading, immediate placement, immediate restorative placement, and aesthetic provisional restorations.

Dr. Locante establishes a relationship with patients’ general dentists during the implant process. Most patients enjoy the working association between their regular dentist and the surgeon. If you do not currently have a general dentist, any implant procedures can be completed by Dr. Locante.

For more information about dental implant procedures, please contact us at 615-436-5987 today!

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Nashville Dental Implant Center
317 Seven Springs Way
Brentwood, TN 37027

Hours

Tuesday: 7:30 – 3:30

Wednesday: 7:30 – 3:30

Thursday: 7:30 – 3:30