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Robert M. Kelso, D.D.S. | Dental Implants in Knoxville


Dental Implants
<p>Robert M. Kelso, D.D.S.</p> in Knoxville TN

Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges or partial dentures because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth, and the stability of the teeth are greatly enhanced.  Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, a series of missing teeth, or to anchor a full set of new teeth.

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself.  This is done by an oral surgeon who we have carefully selected for your particular care.  Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary.  The entire process is well tolerated and much easier than it may sound.


The dental implant is one of the greatest revolutions in dentistry, changing the way we approach the problem of missing teeth. It is rapidly becoming one of the more common procedures in our office. 

The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Some offices have an onsite lab to create the crown, but others will have to send it to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.


Above and below are photos of an actual patient of Dr. Kelso's whose two front teeth were restored with dental implants.


Knoxville Dentist | Dental Implants. Robert M. Kelso, DDS is a Knoxville Dentist.