Dr. George S. Lee

How Long is the Procedure to Replace Missing Permanent Teeth?

Most people develop a total of 32 permanent teeth – including four wisdom teeth – by the time they reach adulthood. However, in a certain percentage of people – about 20 percent of all adults – one or more of those permanent teeth does not develop. This is called congenitally missing teeth. The treatment of choice for replacing these teeth is dental implants, since they are the option most similar to natural teeth in structure, function and appearance. So how long is the procedure to replace missing permanent teeth? The amount of time treatment will take depends upon a number of factors, which we’ll explain here.

About Congenitally Missing Permanent Teeth

This common condition occurs when permanent teeth simply do not develop to replace the primary teeth, or “baby teeth.” This is generally an inherited issue – one that tends to run in families. The most common teeth affected are wisdom teeth, and when they are missing, no treatment is necessary, since most people who do develop these teeth have them extracted.

However, in about 5 percent of people, the missing permanent teeth are in positions that make treatment necessary for functional and/or aesthetic reasons. Second premolars are among the more common teeth that fail to develop, which are the teeth just in front of the molars. Other common issues are missing permanent upper lateral incisors, which are positioned next to the two top front teeth, and lower central incisors, which are the two front teeth in the lower jaw. While spacers or a temporary artificial tooth may be placed when primary teeth come out to prevent other teeth from moving into the gap, missing permanent teeth generally are not replaced until growth and development of the jaw is complete, which is around age 18 for females and age 21 to 25 for males. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Get New Teeth in A Day

Did you know that dental implants, long known to be the best solution for missing teeth in terms of dental health and appearance, can be a quick solution as well? While long waiting periods were once a given during implant-based restorations, today, many patients can have their dental implants and their new teeth placed all on the same day. That means that Clarksville TN dental patients no longer have to choose between the best solution for tooth loss and the quickest, most convenient one – today’s dental implants can be both, all in one package.

New Teeth In A Day Clarksville

Getting new teeth in one day (or dentures in a day, as some people refer to them) is made possible by specialized dental implants, as well as advanced surgical techniques and dental technology. Unlike traditional dental implant placement, which requires patients to wait 3 to 6 months for implants to heal and bond with the jawbone before their new teeth are fitted, these procedures are done with immediate-load dental implants, which are specially designed to support new teeth immediately after placement. That means that Clarksville dental patients who are good candidates for new teeth in a day can walk into Cumberland Surgical Arts toothless in the morning and leave in the afternoon with a healthy, attractive new smile. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Cost of Dental Implants in Clarksville, TN

Dental implants are, as most Clarksville, TN dental professionals will tell you, the best available solution to missing teeth or ill-fitting removable dentures, offering a dental restoration that is superior to other options in terms of dental health and function, as well as comfort and appearance. As dental patients explore this option, the cost of implant-based dental restoration is certainly a topic that comes up. While accurate estimates can only be done on a case-by-case basis, here we’ll provide some general details on what goes into the total cost of dental implants in Clarksville, TN to help you plan the financial aspects of your treatment.

Dental implant restoration is a team effort that involves an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who handles the surgical aspects of treatment, such as dental implant placement, and if necessary, extractions and preparatory procedures, such as bone grafts or sinus lifts, and a restorative dentist, who fits and fabricates the prosthetic tooth or teeth that will be secured by the implants – including permanent replacement teeth and any temporary ones used during the restoration process. The process involves a number of steps, each with their own associated costs. Read the rest of this entry »


How to Get a Beautiful Smile Even with Missing Teeth

Do you have missing teeth that spoil your smile? Do you avoid smiling in public, or cover your mouth with your hand when you do? This is a very common problem, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing. After all, your smile is generally the first thing people notice about you, and as the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Fortunately, dental implants can provide a great solution to this problem, giving you a beautiful, healthy, natural-looking smile you’ll be proud to flash anywhere – no camouflage necessary.

Replacing Missing Teeth: Here’s What Dental Implants Can Do For You

Dental implants are today’s best option for replacing missing teeth – most especially when it comes to those very visible front teeth. What makes them better than other options, like a bridge or partial denture for instance? Dental implants offer what no other teeth replacement option can – new teeth that look, feel and function like healthy, natural teeth. That’s because dental implant restorations are structured like natural teeth, with an artificial tooth root (the implant) placed into the jaw, bonding with the bone tissue like a natural tooth root to support a natural-looking crown.

When you flash that smile, those new implant supported teeth will be indistinguishable from your remaining natural ones, and you won’t have to worry about a denture slipping out of place or a bridge coming loose. Nor will you have the functional limitations common to other options – such as avoiding certain foods that may be difficult to manage with partial dentures or bridges. Additionally, replacing the tooth root means that you’ll have protection against bone loss, which means better oral health and appearance, and is a good part of the reason that dental implants last for an average of 25 years. Partial dentures and bridges, on the other hand, loosen over time as the bone beneath them shrinks away, making replacement necessary every few years. Read the rest of this entry »

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April is National Facial Protection Month

April is National Facial Protection Month, and Dr. George Lee with Cumberland Surgical Arts wants to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as they prepare to suit up for recreational and organized sports. A child’s mouth and face can be easily injured if the proper precautions are not used while playing sports. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, more than half of the 7 million sports- and recreation related injuries that occur each year are sustained by youth as young as 5 years old. Last year, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation forecasted that more than 3 million teeth would be knocked out in youth sporting events – yet, in a survey commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists, 67% of parents admit that their child does not wear a mouth guard during organized sports.

Every year, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are called to hospital emergency rooms to treat children who have sustained knocked out teeth, broken jaws and other facial injuries during organized or neighborhood sports activities. For most of these children, these injuries could have been less severe or prevented entirely if they had worn a mouth guard, helmet or other protective headgear. This raises a question: if mouth guards offer a simple and relatively inexpensive solution to help dramatically decrease the risk of oral and facial injuries and concussions, why aren’t more kids wearing them? When kids don’t wear mouth guards or protective headgear in sports activities, it’s usually because parents and coaches are unaware of their importance. Parents are encouraged to talk with their dental professionals about the right mouth guards for their young athletes, and to urge coaches to require that young athletes wear their mouth guards at every practice and every game.

A mouth guard is a smart investment. Its cost is a fraction of the costs associated with emergency care of a broken or knocked-out tooth or a more serious facial fracture. Read the rest of this entry »

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