Dental Implants with Chattanooga, Tennessee Dentist Terry Major, DDS

Randy Alvarez, host of The Wellness Hour, interviews Chattanooga, Tennessee dentist Terry Major, DDS about dental implants.

Millions of Americans suffer tooth loss – mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available and may be the best restoration for you.

Think of dental implants as being replacement tooth roots which provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Because it is not necessary to reduce other teeth to place an implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

Poorly fitting dentures may slide and can make chewing difficult or cause you to muffle or slur your words. Dental implants hold your denture firmly in place and allow you to eliminate the need for messy adhesives. Because they function like your own teeth, you can eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.

In most cases, anyone who is healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for an implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.

Watch this interview to learn how you can get your smile back!


How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Single Tooth Implants
Dental implants start at about $1,800 for a single-tooth implant with a crown. Pricing varies and depends on the materials being used.

Look for a dentist that has a lot of experience with dental implants. When they recommend options for replacing missing teeth with dental implants, make sure you ask them how many times they have performed the procedures on others, how often they do it and if they teach the subject. Ask them how many continuing education hours they have dedicated to taking dental implant training courses and when was the last time they attended one.

Full Set of Dental Implants
To replace a full set of upper or lower teeth, the cost can start from $15,000 to $35,000 per arch of teeth. Financing is available for these procedures. The goal is to get it done right the first time. Choose a dentist with a great bedside manner and a lot of experience with dental implants. This is an expensive procedure, but worth every penny, according to patients. You use your mouth all day, every day. It’s much more important than any new car or truck.


About Dr. Terry Major, DDS

After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Dr. Major graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and has been practicing dentistry in Chattanooga for over 30 years.

He enjoys being on the cutting edge of dentistry and is constantly learning and implementing many new procedures and techniques. Dr. Major has been married for over 30 years and enjoys playing trumpet in two bands, boating, and spending time with family and friends.



Contact Dr. Terry Major
6102 Shallowford Rd. Suite 101, Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 499-9300
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