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
Dental implants are fast becoming America’s preferred solution for a missing tooth – or even as a full mouth restoration solution. Implants are solid and stable, and act very much like the natural teeth we were born with. They actually look and feel like natural teeth as well. Compared to other options, the cost of dental implants is also very worthwhile.
Although there are a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective or durable as dental implants. In most cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice to restore the necessary tooth function of eating and speaking and smiling with confidence.
There are many reasons for tooth loss yet there is a big chance that dental implants can offer the ideal solution. The root of the lost tooth is replaced by a titanium post and then a dental crown (artificial tooth) is secured to that post. There is no wobble or movement. The implant acts and feels just like a regular tooth. And no one will ever know the difference.
After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by dental surgeons in the United States continue to still function at peak performance.
Exactly What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a replacement for a missing natural tooth root. The titanium implant post is anchored into the jawbone, allowing a natural looking artificial tooth to be attached. The anchor stimulates the growth of new bone, bonding the implant firmly in place. The final result is a remarkably strong, stable tooth that looks just like a natural tooth.
Just a few years ago, patients only had two options for missing teeth – dentures and fixed bridges. But neither offered a permanent solution. Dentures aren’t “set” and therefore move when patients are eating or talking. Not only can this be an embarrassment, but also substantial bone loss can occur since no root is affixed into the jawbone (bone resorption). Fixed bridges often adversely affect the healthy adjacent teeth.
People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk.
Additionally, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits and this can lead to secondary health problems like malnutrition. Regardless of the nature of problems related to tooth loss, dental implants can provide scientifically proven results.
Same Day Teeth — An Evolution in Implant Dentistry
As implant science continues to advance, the concept of Same Day Teeth has proven popular with patients. Usually there’s a three to six month integration period whereby the titanium post fuses with the jawbone. However, Same Day Teeth can be completed in just one office visit. Patients who have lost a front tooth are especially excited about the prospects of having the procedure completed in such a short time. Dr. Locante has been at the forefront of research and practice of the Same Day procedures.
Anatomy of a Dental Implant
A dental implant is composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and the crown (permanent tooth), which fits onto the abutment for a natural looking appearance.
When a missing tooth is replaced by a dental implant, the fusion, or osseointegration, of the implant and bone provides stability, just as the natural tooth did, which is a major component of the jawbone solidity.
If several teeth are missing in the same area, patients can still enjoy the confidence and lifestyle benefits that are produced by dental implants. The dentist will place two or more dental implants, depending on the number of teeth that are missing. The new replacement teeth will then be attached to the implants to establish excellent function and prevent bone loss. The dental implants will serve as a stable support that tightly locks into the replacement teeth.
With an overall success rate of about 95% and almost 50 years of clinical research to back them up, dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth.
Still Not Sure if Dental Implants are Right for You?
If you still are unsure whether or not to restore your smile with dental implants, we highly encourage you to discover all you can about Dental Implantology. Nashville Dental Implant Center and Dr. William Locante, have created this website to assist you with the decision making process. We also encourage you to contact our offices with any questions you may have about the cost of dental implants, as well as ask around to people you know, check out other dental implant websites and even contact your own or other dentists, and any other way you know of to research.
Ceramic Implants are METAL-FREE, which is a great advantage to those patients with metal allergies, sensitivities, or other immune reactions. Ceramic Implants also closely match natural teeth in appearance, thereby resulting in a more attractive appearance. To learn more please visit our Ceramic Metal-Free Implants page.
Pain Free Sedation
Worried or concerned about pain? We offer different solutions tailored to your pain anxiety levels. To learn more please visit our pain free sedation page.
Dr. William Locante is a world renowned Dental Implantologist. He has and does serve on many boards, he lectures, he educates – students and dentists alike, he is a published authority on implantology, and much more. Read Dr. Locante’s bio.
Read what previous and current patients have to say about Nashville Dental Implant Center and Dr. Locante on our testimonials page.
Schedule a Consultation
Still not sure? Schedule a consultation today and learn how Nashville Dental Implant Center can brighten your smile and ask about the cost of dental implants!
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Find out if DENTAL IMPLANTS are right for you. We’ll answer all your questions and discuss your options and cost of dental implants so you have a full understanding of your treatment.