ATTENTION PATIENTS: We at East Tennessee Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery consider our patients’ health and safety to be our number one priority. We will continue to treat patients using standard universal precautions for barrier protection as well as the CDC guidelines for office cleanliness. Our waiting room and patient restrooms are being cleaned and sanitized daily as well as all doorknobs and handles being sanitized hourly. All magazines have been discarded from our waiting rooms.

We do not take the recent findings regarding COVID-19 lightly and wanted to reassure you of our commitment to your overall safety and well-being while under our care. Patients are welcome to wait in their cars upon arrival, we just ask that you please call us when you have arrived  so that we may bring paperwork out for you to complete. We will call you when we are ready for you.

If you or anyone in your household has experienced recent cough, fever, or other symptom of illness we ask that you reschedule your appointment for a future date.

We do plan to stay open and to observe our normal business hours at this time. We are diligently monitoring this situation and current guidelines for care. We will notify you if any changes will be necessary. We look forward to seeing you for your appointment.

Dental Implants

Although there are a number of options for dealing with lost teeth or replacement for a set of teeth, dental implants are now a preferred option. You will find dental implants firm and solid and will function in the same way as natural teeth. They are actually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Dental implants are what you need to restore your ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence.

What are dental implants made of?

A dental implant is a titanium implant post anchored into the jawbone as a replacement for a missing natural tooth root and into which an artificial tooth is attached. The implant is held in place by newborn growth stimulated by the anchor. The outcome is a very strong and stable tooth that is like a natural tooth.

Why choose dental implants?

Until only a few years ago, there were two options for dealing with missing teeth: dentures and fixed bridges. None of these offered a durable solution. Dentures are not set—they allow movement when you are eating or talking resulting in substantial bone loss (there’s no root attached to jawbone). Dentures also cause discomfort because of the likelihood of slipping. With bridges, adjacent healthy teeth may suffer adverse effects. After an individual loses his/her teeth, the bone slowly and irreversibly begins to melt away. Being without teeth for 10 or more years can cause up to 50 to 70 percent bone loss. This presents one with enormous functional difficulties because no denture can successfully rebuild that amount of lost bone, enable you to have normal function, and fit properly. Ill-fitting dentures will cause ulcers on your gums and problems with mastication of food in your normal diet. The most remarkable thing about implants is that, once placed, bone loss is stopped. Your body reacts to the implant as though it was a natural tooth and simply stops its resorbtion of the existing bone.

Before you can have dental implants, your mouth will be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If dental implants aren’t suitable, we shall recommend an option to help you realize the best outcome.

Do dental implants need special care?

If you observe good oral hygiene (that is—brushing, flossing and regular dentist visits), dental implants should be able to work well for many years without any interruption.