Implant Dentistry


Are you missing some teeth? Dental implants are the very best solution. They fuse with the jawbone after surgical placement and provide support for crowns, bridges, or dentures. At Chattanooga Family Dentistry in Chattanooga, TN, we use computer-aided surgical guides for the most precise implant placement possible.

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[00:00:08.986] Dental implant is an artificial root [00:00:10.890] that is put down into the bone or the missing area where a tooth was. [00:00:15.229] The artificial root has a coating on it [00:00:17.482] that likes bone, and bone likes to go around it [00:00:20.026] and it securely meshes with the jawbone. [00:00:22.600] We then place a button, which is something that comes out of the artificial root, [00:00:27.514] and then we put a crown on top of that [00:00:29.690] or a bridge to secure the different types of restorations, [00:00:33.130] be it a crown, be it a partial, be it a denture. [00:00:36.620] Really, anyone is a great candidate above the age of 18 years old. [00:00:40.786] We don't like to place them on anybody that's a growing adult [00:00:43.785] being in their teenage years, anything usually 18, 19, 20, [00:00:47.850] anybody older than that is a good candidate for a dental implant. [00:00:51.614] We start with the process of evaluating the area of a missing tooth, [00:00:55.297] because usually people come in either with a missing tooth that's been extracted [00:00:59.514] or a tooth that needs to be extracted. [00:01:01.720] We want to make sure we have width and we have depth of bone [00:01:04.886] for us to place it on an implant. [00:01:06.529] If all of that is there, then we proceed with a digital X ray scan [00:01:10.557] so we can see the slices of the jawbone, [00:01:12.529] so we exactly know where the implant should go. [00:01:15.557] Then I make a 3D surgical guide so that I can place it accurately in the mouth. [00:01:19.643] Once we start the surgery procedure because I have done a surgical guide [00:01:23.230] and I know exactly where I'm going, it only takes me about a half hour at most [00:01:27.058] to place a dental implant. [00:01:28.330] Recovery is pretty immediate. [00:01:29.771] It's easier to put something in than take something out. [00:01:32.621] There's nerve endings where the tissue is, the tissue is more of the soreness [00:01:36.672] than it is the dental implant. [00:01:38.471] We suture it up, closed, and we see them in a ten-day post-op.

Dr. Lunn

Chattanooga Family Dentistry

Dr. Andrew Lunn is a highly trained general, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentist who has completed hundreds of hours of training in order to provide his patients with the most advanced care. He is a member of several prestigious organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Tennessee Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • Chattanooga Area Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our family-friendly dental practice, request a consultation online or call us at (423) 553-8858.

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