Dr. Bill Locante is a world-renowned implant dentist with a primary practice in Dental Implantology. After graduating from Marquette University School of Dentistry with a degree in Dental Surgery, he promptly developed an interest in the promising field of dental implants.
Dr. Locante has sat on Advisory Boards and is an opinion leader for multiple implant companies. He has developed and modified particular surgical procedures that have led to surgical patents and techniques that are used today worldwide, resulting in simplified and more predictable treatments for patients. As contributing author to several textbooks in the Art and Science of Dental Implants, Dr. Locante also has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Zirconia Ceramic Dental Implants
Ceramic dental implants, also known as Zirconia implants, are the newest advancement in dental implant technology. The one-piece ceramic implant contains no metal whatsoever, and is aesthetically more natural looking than any titanium implant.
Dr. Bill Locante is one of the few implant dentists in the country who is placing ceramic implants. The Zirconia ceramic implant procedure is not the same as the titanium implant, like those used in subperiosteal dental implants ‐ which is considered as more the traditional kind of dental implant. Dr. Locante is a nationally renowned implant dentist with a primary practice in dental implantology. He has been at the forefront of dental implants science and innovation since 1988. Dr. Locante is a regular speaker abroad, and continues teaching dentists all over the world.
After graduating from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Dental Surgery, he promptly developed an interest in the promising field of dental implants. Dr. Locante says, “Advances in implant science were really just beginning and I was captivated with the real solutions they provided to my patients. This is an area of practice where a doctor can greatly improve the quality of a person’s life.”
Advantages of Ceramic Dental Implants
There are numerous advantages to all-ceramic dental implants, for example:
- They’re Great for Allergies and Sensitivities: An increasing number of individuals suffer from metal allergies, sensitivities, or other immune reactions. Placement of non-metal, ceramic implants is a new and effective solution to these challenges.
- They’re Holistic Friendly: For those choosing a holistic protocol for healthcare and prefer a non-metal option, all-ceramic/zirconia implant is an excellent choice.
- They’re Aesthetically Beautiful: Ceramic implants are more attractive in appearance since they closely match natural teeth. The beauty is in the naturalness of the material.
Metal-Free Dental Implants
Zirconium is a metal, however what the professionals at Nashville Dental Implant Center use is the ceramic portion of that, known as zirconia oxide. By using zirconia oxide, we are able to create the zirconia (or ceramic) implant, thereby creating a metal-free implant. These implants are white, beautiful, and the body responds to them as well as it would to any titanium implant.
Zirconia implants are great for patients with a true metal allergy to one or more of the components of titanium. As restorative dentistry services become more common, we have more patients with metal allergies who request the zirconia ceramic dental implants.
Those who prefer holistic dentistry services enjoy zirconia implants as it aligns with their health philosophy of no metals. They want no metals in their mouth, and all ceramic dental implants in Brentwood, TN give them that option. Zirconia or all ceramic implants can serve as a foundation, and then your implantologist can install all-ceramic or zirconia restorations or bridges on top.
Full Mouth Restoration
Full-mouth restoration may be the right solution for you. Teeth restoration in Nashville can remove or help alleviate oral health issues due to any number of different complications within the jawline and gum, issues with your teeth, dental crowns, bridges, and other oral health issues. In many cases the patients can leave with fixed teeth the day of surgery.
Benefits of Full Mouth Restoration
Improved Health: Full mouth reconstruction helps to rebuild your appearance while at the same time restoring your dental health. Full mouth reconstruction or full mouth rehabilitation can include dental implants, dental veneers, bridges, dental onlays, and crowns. The combination of these will help improve chewing and improve overall dental health.
Great looking Smile: Reconstruction straightens crooked or misaligned teeth and whiten discolored or yellowing teeth. It will help to improve your quality of life and can bring back that great looking smile.
More Comfort: Treatment offers firm, stable, and natural looking teeth. Patients can eat almost anything they like and can smile with confidence again. With dental implants, reconstuction can also stop the destructive bone loss process caused by the trauma of wearing dentures.
Teeth Today: This advanced type of treatment allows the patient to leave the same day with fixed stable teeth. Dr. Locante has been at the forefront of Teeth Today since its inception.
Most of the procedures completed at Nashville Implant Dental Center do not require sedation. However, if you are even the least bit apprehensive, pain free sedation is available and advisable. We offer oral sedation for patients that just need to calm their nerves and IV sedation for patients with an increased apprehension. General anesthesia is also available to patients when oral or IV sedation is not advisable.
Truth is that most of our patients don’t complain of pain even after their procedures. Most patients don’t even take their first pain pill. Some may take one or two pain pills because they think they need to, however, when we call our patients the next day, they tell us “I never really had to take a pain pill” or some will say “I took a pain pill because I thought I had to” and others from time to time that will say “Yeah, it was a little sore”. So it’s very, very rare that we have a patient who complains of a lot of discomfort.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are a fast way to improve your smile. They are a thin covering that goes on the visible portion of your tooth. Once the veneer is on, it looks like a completely natural tooth.
Veneers can work for worn or chipped teeth. If you have stains that do not respond to teeth whitening, you may want veneers instead. People use veneers for misshapen or crooked teeth for teeth restoration. In addition, they may work to fill in significant gaps or uneven spaces in your mouth.
In general, you will get to choose between composite resin or porcelain veneers. These materials each carry unique benefits. Porcelain veneers last for a long time and have a natural-looking surface. They are stain resistant and require less enamel removal than crowns.
Meanwhile, composite resin veneers involve fewer trips to the dentist and cost less than porcelain veneers. While a dentist can quickly fix them, composite resin does not generally last for as long as porcelain. Thankfully, dentists can repair them easily and quickly. Composite resin also involves less enamel removal than porcelain veneers.
Bridges basically attach to the tooth on either side of the gap. In the middle of the two sides, a false tooth or teeth fill in the empty space. This false tooth may consist of alloys, gold, porcelain, or similar materials.
Dentists make dental bridges by placing one or more crowns on each side of the gap. These teeth are the abutment teeth. In between the two sides, the dentist places the false tooth. Because of the way it looks, dentists call this installation a bridge.
There are several kinds of dental bridges Nashville residents can find available. A traditional bridge is a typical choice. This involves a crown on either side of the empty space with a replacement in between.
A cantilever bridge is for cases where there is only an existing tooth on one side of the missing space. This technique is fairly rare because it adds too much force to the teeth in the back of the mouth. Because of this force, the existing tooth can suffer from damage.
The dental crowns Nashville Dental Implant Center offers are useful for fixing tooth and mouth problems. Sometimes, your teeth become cracked, decayed or damaged in some way. These cracks and signs of damage can end up becoming worse if you do not treat them. A crown provides an instant solution.
Basically, a crown goes over the crown of the tooth. It sits above the gum line and covers the tooth completely. This improves the tooth’s appearance, and it also prevents any additional damage from happening. Dentists can make this crown out of variations of porcelain, metal, ceramic, resin and gold.
Dental crowns are a restorative dentistry service that work to protect weak teeth and prevent cracked teeth from cracking even more. They can help support a tooth that has a large filling. If you have a broken tooth, a crown can help restore it to normal.
Bridges also use dental crowns to attach replacement teeth to the mouth. Whether a crown serves a cosmetic or practical function, the dentist will make sure that its color and shape match the rest of your teeth. Once your crown is in place, it will most likely be the only part of the tooth that anyone can see.