We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
• We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
• You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at office number or visit our website at web address. Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Sincerely, The Nashville Dental Implant Center Team
As with any service available, there are always questions. Here, we answer the Nashville Dental Implant Center’s FAQ (Nashville Dental Implant Center frequently asked questions). We’re happy to provide useful dental implant resources so you can get the answers you need.
How Much Does the Dental Implant Procedure Cost?
The cost is determined by several factors: the number and type of dental implant needed, the amount of bone loss the patient has experienced, and the type of final dental implant-supported teeth the patient chooses.
When you schedule a private consultation with Dr. Locante, he will first review your X-rays and perform an oral examination. He will then be able to discuss your specific treatment plan, length of treatment, and total treatment fee.
Does Insurance Cover the Dental Implant Procedure?
It depends on the insurance company and the type of coverage. Almost every policy is different. Sometimes medical insurance will help patients with the cost of dental implant treatment. This area is one we are very familiar with, and we can help you with the determination of your insurance benefits as well as the new patient registration process.
Is Financing Available for Dental Implants?
Yes! Contact us at 615.436.5987 to review our financing options.
What are Dental Implants Made of?
Most dental implants are still made of titanium which is a bio-compatible metal used for over 60 years to replace missing tooth roots. All ceramic/non-metal implants are the newest material being offered and has numerous advantages—primarily for people with true metal allergies or sensitivities.
The dental implants Dr. Locante recommends are ceramic dental implants and are classified as non-metallic. They are very biocompatible with bone. Because of the compatibility, the jawbone grows around the implant making it firm and stable.
What are the Primary Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implant treatment offers firm, stable, and natural looking teeth. Patients can eat almost anything they like and can smile with confidence again. Dental implants also stop the destructive bone loss process caused by trauma from wearing dentures.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Just about anyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. The primary concern is one of physical health. Most medical conditions are usually not a contraindication for dental implant treatment. However, uncontrolled diabetics and cancer patients who have recently received radiation therapy are not good candidates.
Is the Dental Implant Procedure Painful?
There is very minor discomfort with this procedure when performed by a trained surgeon. We offer IV sedation and oral sedation dentistry, in our Nashville, Tennessee, area office to ensure our patients are pain free. Most of our patients find they do quite well with minor pain medication such as Ibuprofen (Advil) after the procedure. Most patients return to their normal activities within a day of their dental implant treatment.
How Long Does the Dental Implant Treatment Take?
The length of dental implant treatment varies and is determined by the specific treatment required. In some cases, patients can leave the office on the day of treatment with functioning teeth; however, most treatment plans require four to six months. The majority of the time is needed for the patient’s bone to “bond” or “integrate” with the dental implant.
Why are my Dentures not Fitting Anymore?
You are most likely experiencing a gradual bone loss process that occurs when the teeth are extracted and tooth roots are missing. Because tooth roots stimulate jawbone health, the jawbone starts to shrink or melt away once the tooth roots are gone. Wearing a denture greatly speeds up the bone loss process. Normally, the lower jaw shrinks much faster than the upper jaw, which causes the most problems.
What Kind of Problems Will I Experience With Dentures When This Bone Loss Occurs?
Most patients complain of the inability to stabilize their lower denture or to keep it in place. Therefore, they have problems with eating, chewing, speaking, and even digestion. Many patients complain of mouth sores as well.
Do I Have to go Without my Dentures During my Dental Implant Treatment?
Absolutely not. We would like for you to keep your dentures out the day of treatment, thereafter, you can wear your dentures throughout your treatment.
How do I Select an Implant Dentist?
In choosing a professional for your implant treatment, it is important to know the experience level of the dentist. Don’t be afraid to ask how long the practitioner has been placing implants and how many implants they have placed.
Implant Dentistry is not currently a separate dental specialty, therefore, just because a dentist is a specialist in periodontal disease or oral surgery does not necessarily mean they have adequate implant surgical knowledge or experience.
Be sure to ask about board certification from the American Board of Oral Implantology and active membership in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Is There Anything Your Team can do About Bone Loss?
Yes. With the modern bone augmentation procedures available to us today, even severe bone loss conditions can be helped. Usually, with proper treatment, patients’ mouths can be restored to normal function.
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