Single Tooth Implant
Are you suffering from a loose tooth, missing tooth, or difficulty chewing? It can be hard to admit, but a tooth implant might just be what you need. Dental problems will happen throughout one’s life and especially when the body and bones grow older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most Americans have already lost about 12 teeth by the age of 50.
Missing teeth will give you significant problems with speech and eating difficulties, to a higher risk of getting a serious illness like stroke and dementia. Start with a single tooth implant, and your dental health will be restored faster than you think. Please reach out to us here at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS to begin your journey to a healthier future, today.
Although a tooth implant is a very common procedure, it still should be done carefully. Before getting one, a visit to the dentist will be needed to discuss your current health conditions and medications as well as to perform an exam. Healthy bones and gums are what hold an implant. Gum diseases should be treated before anything else, and tooth extraction may be needed to remove a loose tooth in preparation for the implant.
You should also make sure that you have good oral hygiene and habits as those are key to stopping infections, especially around the implant. Smoking and the use of tobacco, and alcohol heavily damage oral health and will need to be addressed.
What to Expect
Depending on your situation, the exact procedures and steps may vary. In general, getting a single tooth implant is considered a minor procedure, requiring only local anesthesia. The foundation, or root, of the implant, usually made out of titanium, will replace your missing tooth and drill into the jawbone. This surgery itself only takes about one to two hours. However, this is the first step in getting a tooth implant. The entire process where everything is fully healed and secured usually takes around six months.
After the jawbone has bonded with the titanium root, an abutment will be attached to that root, acting as the connector to your new teeth. Expect it to be natural-looking and highly comfortable because it has been customized to your mouth and teeth. This entire procedure has a very high success rate of 98%.
Patients have reported only mild pain and soreness. If needed, antibiotics and pain relievers may also be prescribed for you. With proper care, your new teeth will last for a very long time since titanium does not decay. You can expect to eat whatever you want, and smile with confidence.
Regular brushing and flossing as well as visits to the dentist help keep everything clean and in check. Here at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS, we work hard to ensure that every patient of ours is satisfied and healthy. Please feel free to call us at (315) 800-5020 to schedule an appointment, and our professionals will address any concerns or issues that you might have.