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Experience the Unmatched Benefits of Dental Implants

Dr. Hancock is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, where he also completed a General Practice Residency program with extensive focus in comprehensive dentistry and dental implants. Dr. Hancock has performed implant surgery for hundreds of patients. This extensive experience has enabled him to competently help many patients achieve better oral health as well as provide an aesthetically enhanced smile.

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Dr. Hancock has advanced training in dental implant placement and does the entire procedure right in his office.

The entire procedure in our office

Dr. Hancock performs the dental implant procedure right in his office. Sometimes an extracted tooth can be replaced with an implant immediately. Other times, the extraction site may need to heal for a period of time before the implant is placed. Dr. Hancock will explain what needs to occur for your specific situation.

Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation

If you would like to learn more about dental implants and whether they are an option for you, we are pleased to offer our Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Hancock can discuss your oral health goals and estimate the cost of dental implants. This consultation will also:

Dr. Hancock showing a patient a dental appliance

To make an appointment, call (615) 383-0132 or click here to request an appointment online.

High-Tech Implant Dentistry

Dr. Hancock uses high technology to both plan the placement of implants as well as precisely guide him to the exact site where it needs to be inserted.

High-tech diagnostics:

Dr. Hancock’s first action is to obtain a 3D cone beam CT scan of your mouth and jaw. These provide the crucial information needed to evaluate the state of your jaw, teeth, gums and bone and to plan how he will position your implant.


Precise placement of implants:

Using special implant planning software made by 360imaging, Dr. Hancock can view the area of your missing tooth, including how other teeth are positioned, where the nerves are located, and the bone structure. It will also give him vital information concerning whether any bone grafting will be necessary in conjunction with your implant.

Dr. Hancock then designs the surgical guide that will guide him in the placement of your implant. With such a precision placement of the implant, Dr. Hancock is able to drastically reduce the chance of making contact with a nerve, piercing the sinus, or damaging an artery. It also means that placing in implant is much faster.


Strengthening bone for implants:

Some people do not have enough bone to successfully have an implant placed. This can be the result of periodontal disease that was not caught early, causing bone damage. Also, if a tooth has been missing for many months or years, the bone where the tooth was may have deteriorated too much.

In these cases, Dr. Hancock can often do bone grafting to build the bone up again. The bone grafting material will gradually cause the body to regenerate tissue and bone, thereby rebuilding and strengthening it. When the implant is then placed, it itself will then provide the necessary stimulation needed to keep the bone healthy, just as a natural tooth would.


High quality restorations:

Once your implant is placed and the gums have healed, Dr. Hancock will place a permanent, high-quality restoration on top, such as a crown or bridge. We use a very high-end lab to create a custom crown that will look just like a natural tooth. The color will match your other teeth and will also have the translucency that natural teeth have. The crowns are made of durable, high-grade porcelain.

Dr. Hancock pays very close attention to every detail for all his dental procedures. His high priority on function guides him to making sure every aspect of your implant, from surgery to the creation of the restoration to its placement meets his high standards.

The modern solution for missing teeth

A dental implant is used to replace a missing tooth. A titanium post is inserted into the jaw bone and acts as the tooth root. A crown, bridge, or dentures are then connected to the implant or implants via an abutment on top of the post.

Dental implants are the modern method of replacing teeth. A single tooth implant can replace one tooth, or multiple implants can be incorporated into bridges and dentures. They are very strong, look natural, do not decay, and prevent bone loss. Bridges and dentures that are not secured with implants actually cause bone loss over time, because the bone where the tooth used to be is not being stimulated. Bone loss contributes to collapsing jaw structure, and the weakened bone can cause other teeth to become loose and fall out.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental Implants look and feel like natural teeth:

One of the great features of implants is that it is hard to tell the difference between a real tooth and an implant with a porcelain crown. You can eat anything, bite anything. You take care of them just as you would your natural teeth, practicing regular oral hygiene to keep them free of plaque and surrounding gums healthy.


Dental Implants are permanent:

Once Dr. Hancock places your implant, it’s permanent. This is a great advantage over dentures or even bridges, which can break. You will, however, need to take care of your implant with brushing, flossing and regular cleanings at the dental office.


Dental Implants stabilize other teeth:

When you have a missing tooth or teeth, the natural teeth next to the missing ones will eventually start to move toward the empty gap. They can also rotate somewhat. If allowed to continue, you could end up with bite and chewing problems. This misalignment also contributes to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues. Filling in the gap with implants keeps surrounding teeth and structure stable.


Dental Implants hold up your facial structure:

You’ve no doubt seen people whose facial structure has collapsed somewhat; the amount of space between the nose base and the chin is reduced, wrinkles appear around the mouth, and skin starts to sag. These effects from bone loss make a person look older than they really are. Dental implants maintain and stimulate bone growth, so this facial structure collapse doesn’t occur.


Dental Implants help fight gum disease:

When missing teeth are not replaced, the gap remaining can become a magnet for bacteria, where it gets trapped, causing infection and gum disease. Dental implants fill in the empty space, making it much harder for gum disease to take hold, especially when maintaining regular oral health practices.


Dental Implants can make your dentures stable:

Dentures can be made very secure when they are attached to dental implants. They no longer slip or rub, and you don’t have to use gooey adhesives in an attempt to keep them from moving.


To make an appointment, call (615) 383-0132 or click here to request an appointment online.

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