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Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry

Cosmetic, Family, and General Dentistry & Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists located in Green Hills, Nashville, TN

If you want to replace missing teeth, there’s no better solution than dental implants. At Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee, Nathan Murrell, DMD, offers high-quality, comfortable, and effective dental implants. To start the process of getting your dental implants, schedule a visit with Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that replace your natural tooth when you are missing some or all of your teeth. They’re tiny posts that your dentist or an oral surgeon embeds in your jawbone, where they become the foundational support for a restoration, such as:

  • A crown (if you’re replacing a single missing tooth)
  • A bridge (if you’re replacing multiple teeth)
  • Dentures (if you’re replacing some or all of your teeth)

Functionally speaking, the combination of a dental implant and a restoration very closely resembles your natural teeth, giving you a tooth-replacement solution that feels comfortable, functions impeccably, and looks great.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials, like ceramic or titanium, so when your dentist or oral surgeon places them in your jawbone, your body doesn’t recognize it as a foreign substance. 

Because of this, your bone tissue fuses with your dental implant as you heal from the surgery in a process called osseointegration.

A dental implant is effectively like a natural tooth root, serving as a strong and sturdy support system for your crown, bridge, or dentures.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

By replacing your missing teeth, dental implants enhance your smile and oral health in several ways, including:

  • Improving your chewing and speaking abilities
  • Restoring your appearance
  • Keeping your remaining teeth in alignment

For patients who wear dentures, implants can also make them feel more comfortable and secure. Compared to other restorative solutions, like bridges and traditional dentures, dental implants also offer significant advantages for your oral health. 

Bridges and traditional dentures rest on top of your gums, which leaves your jawbone understimulated. When your jawbone doesn’t receive enough stimulation, it can resorb or deteriorate, which can lead to numerous health problems and a sunken-in appearance in your face.

Because your implants directly connect your restoration to your jawbone, they ensure your jawbone continues to receive healthy stimulation, preventing bone loss.

Don’t wait any longer to fill in the empty space in your smile. Schedule your dental implant consultation with Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.