Single dental implants - Bowling Green, KY

Lasting, Complete, and Custom Smiles

Esthetics and Function Restored

If you’ve lost a tooth or need a tooth extracted, your options to replace this tooth now include a dental implant in Bowling Green, KY. In years past, your only choices were a removable partial or a dental bridge, two short-term restorative options that don’t address the bone loss that occurs without a natural tooth. A dental implant replaces your whole natural tooth, including the root and the visible crown, without needing to alter adjacent teeth. Because they are surgically placed in your jawbone, dental implants are completely secure and functional, while maintaining the look and feel of a healthy tooth. You can expect your dental implant to last for years, and possibly the rest of your life, when placed by a skilled doctor and properly cared for.

Our dentists have completed advanced training in dental implant treatments and use technologies to plan your surgery to optimize the predictability and efficiency of your care. We have the experience and resources to both place and restore your dental implant at our office to save you time and money, and so we can maintain the highest quality of care throughout your entire treatment process. With skilled dentists completing your treatment and a focus on the final esthetic result, we can effectively restore long-term function, health, and beauty to your tooth—and your smile.

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Who Is a Candidate for a Dental Implant?

Virtually anyone with a missing tooth is a candidate for a dental implant. If bone loss has occurred, we’ll provide bone grafting to ensure your implant has a stable foundation, but this can usually be completed the day of your implant surgery. Certain medical conditions, like diabetes, may require us to take extra precautions, but we’ll complete a medical and dental health history, as well as a comprehensive evaluation, before we create your treatment plan. During your consultation, we’ll also discuss your personal smile goals and expectations for treatment. In most cases, what you envision, we can accomplish!

The Treatment Process: What to Expect

We use PreVu™ smile simulation technology during your treatment planning phase. This technology lets you see a preview of how you’ll look once your tooth has been replaced with a dental implant! We’ll also take 3D images of your mouth using cone beam CT technology. These low-radiation scans give us an accurate representation of the bone density and volume in your jaw, so we know exactly where to place your dental implant to maximize its function and esthetics. If you do need bone grafting, we’ll be able to determine if we can complete this the day of your implant surgery. Finally, we’ll send your diagnostic information to our specialized partner lab that will create the custom surgical guide we’ll use during surgery.

On the day of your surgery, we’ll make sure you are comfortable in one of our treatment suites. While dental implant surgery often only requires local anesthetic, if you need sedation, we’ll provide this to ensure you’re relaxed throughout the procedure. If you have high dental anxiety, we’re certified in IV sedation, too, so you can virtually “sleep” through your surgery and have no memory of your appointment. When you’re comfortable, we’ll remove any decayed or broken teeth and place your dental implant into your natural bone using the custom guide at the precise angle and depth for long-term stability. In most cases, we’re also able to attach a temporary dental crown on the same day of your implant surgery. That means you could have a tooth extracted, a dental implant placed, and a crown to top it all off, all in one day!

You’ll need four to six months to heal before we can attach your final restoration. During this time, the titanium dental implant post will fuse with your bone and become as stable as a natural tooth root. This strength and stability are what make your dental implant a permanent, functional replacement for your lost or extracted tooth. Once your healing phase is over, we’ll finalize the look and fit of your final dental crown, then attach it to your dental implant. You won’t even notice your dental implant next to your existing teeth as it will look, feel, and function like a real tooth!

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A New tooth you Can Afford

Dental implants are meant to last a lifetime and are an ideal investment in the health and function of your smile. The average cost to replace a tooth with a dental implant starts at $3,500. Your dental implant cost may vary depending on certain factors including bone grafting and sedation. However, because we place and restore your dental implant in house, we’re able to streamline many of these costs as well as the treatment process itself, making it even more convenient and affordable for you. We partner with third-party financing companies, including CareCredit®, LendingClub, and GreenSky®, as well to help you pay for your dental implant. During your consultation, we can help you determine the best payment plan for your budget so you can afford your new dental implant and a healthier smile for life!

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