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.
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.”
There are numerous advantages to all-ceramic dental implants, for example:
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 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.
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.
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.
The cost is determined by several factors: the number and type of dental implant needed, the amount of bone loss the patient has experienced, and the type of final dental implant-supported teeth the patient chooses.
When you schedule a private consultation with Dr. Locante, he will first review your X-rays and perform an oral examination. He will then be able to discuss your specific treatment plan, length of treatment, and total treatment fee.
Most dental implants are still made of titanium which is a bio-compatible metal used for over 60 years to replace missing tooth roots. All ceramic/non-metal implants are the newest material being offered and has numerous advantages—primarily for people with true metal allergies or sensitivities.
The dental implants Dr. Locante recommends are ceramic dental implants and are classified as non-metallic. They are very biocompatible with bone. Because of the compatibility, the jawbone grows around the implant making it firm and stable.
Dental implant treatment offers firm, stable, and natural looking teeth. Patients can eat almost anything they like and can smile with confidence again. Dental implants also stop the destructive bone loss process caused by trauma from wearing dentures.
Just about anyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. The primary concern is one of physical health. Most medical conditions are usually not a contraindication for dental implant treatment. However, uncontrolled diabetics and cancer patients who have recently received radiation therapy are not good candidates.
There is very minor discomfort with this procedure when performed by a trained surgeon. We offer IV sedation and oral sedation dentistry, in our Nashville, Tennessee, area office to ensure our patients are pain free. Most of our patients find they do quite well with minor pain medication such as Ibuprofen (Advil) after the procedure. Most patients return to their normal activities within a day of their dental implant treatment.
The length of dental implant treatment varies and is determined by the specific treatment required. In some cases, patients can leave the office on the day of treatment with functioning teeth; however, most treatment plans require four to six months. The majority of the time is needed for the patient’s bone to “bond” or “integrate” with the dental implant.
You are most likely experiencing a gradual bone loss process that occurs when the teeth are extracted and tooth roots are missing. Because tooth roots stimulate jawbone health, the jawbone starts to shrink or melt away once the tooth roots are gone. Wearing a denture greatly speeds up the bone loss process. Normally, the lower jaw shrinks much faster than the upper jaw, which causes the most problems.
Most patients complain of the inability to stabilize their lower denture or to keep it in place. Therefore, they have problems with eating, chewing, speaking, and even digestion. Many patients complain of mouth sores as well.
Absolutely not. We would like for you to keep your dentures out the day of treatment, thereafter, you can wear your dentures throughout your treatment.
In choosing a professional for your implant treatment, it is important to know the experience level of the dentist. Don’t be afraid to ask how long the practitioner has been placing implants and how many implants they have placed.
Implant Dentistry is not currently a separate dental specialty, therefore, just because a dentist is a specialist in periodontal disease or oral surgery does not necessarily mean they have adequate implant surgical knowledge or experience.
Be sure to ask about board certification from the American Board of Oral Implantology and active membership in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Yes. With the modern bone augmentation procedures available to us today, even severe bone loss conditions can be helped. Usually, with proper treatment, patients’ mouths can be restored to normal function.