At one time or another, most adults will lose or damage a tooth due to trauma, or neglect. Dental implants can help you regain lost form and function by providing a strong foundation for replacement teeth. Patients with dental implants can smile and eat with confidence.
Missing, fractured or decaying teeth not only have a significant impact on a person’s physical appearance, but also on self-confidence and long-term health. Dr. Epstein may recommend dental implants if you have:
Following surgery, patients regain the ability to smile, speak and eat with confidence. Dental implants when planned and placed expertly can replicate the appearance and full function of your original teeth. They are also able to preserve your natural facial structure, and prevent bone deterioration and tooth decay.
Dental implants are intimately connected to the underlying gum tissue and bone of the mouth. Soft tissue or bone grafting may be recommended if you do not have enough gum tissue or bone to hold dental implants. The best way to find out if you can benefit from dental implants is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Epstein.
Dental implant surgery typically requires one surgical procedures over the course of 3-4 months. The implants (tiny titanium posts, which serve as root substitutes) will be surgically inserted into your jawbone. Over the next several months, your jawbone will gradually grow around the implants, creating a strongly bonded infrastructure for your replacement teeth. These procedures typically are so comfortable that over the counter pain medication is more than adequate pain management after treatment. Recovery is typically quick and straightforward and no time away from work or school is typically necessary.
Once the implant has become fully integrated, which typically takes 3-4 months, your dentist will create the crown to attach to the implant.
Immediately following surgery, your discomfort should be minimal. You may experience some swelling in your gums and face. Minor bleeding, as well as bruising near the treatment area is also common. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to make this process more comfortable. An ice pack may also be recommended to ease swelling and pain.
Most patients are able to resume work and most other normal activities the day after surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with specific aftercare and oral hygiene instructions. It is essential that you follow your surgeon’s instructions and practice meticulous oral hygiene. Failure to floss or brush properly may result in infection or implant failure. Heavy smoking and general medical conditions such as diabetes can also cause implant failure.
All surgical procedures, including dental implant surgery, have risks involved. Some risks may include bleeding, scarring, swelling, slow healing or nerve damage. On rare occasions, implant failure may occur. It is estimated that implant failure occurs in 1-5 percent of procedures. All of these risks can be minimized or avoided with careful planning and will be discussed in depth your consultation.
Contact us to schedule a consultation for dental implants. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review photos and discuss details such as the cost and expected recovery time.