When you’re struggling with a tooth that is failing or missing it presents daily challenges that most of us take for granted. For example, you may have a hard time chewing the foods you would normally enjoy, and this can cause your nutrition to suffer. It also may feel embarrassing to talk, smile, or eat in front of other people, which affects your confidence and self-esteem. With all these situations to think about, you may not even realize that your missing tooth is also affecting your oral health.
Missing Teeth and Oral Health
When your root is lost, your bone no longer has anything to support and it will begin to deteriorate, which eventually eliminates support for your other teeth and leads to tooth loss. Without a replacement, your remaining teeth will begin to shift into the open space left by your missing tooth, which increases your risk for fractures and bite misalignment and could lead to joint issues and TMJ. When you lose a tooth, unfortunately it’s a downward spiral for more tooth loss, so it’s important to think about a replacement.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant has become the gold standard for tooth replacement in the world of dentistry because it restores both your tooth and your root. A titanium post takes the place of your root after being surgically placed into your bone. Titanium is biocompatible and naturally integrates with your bone over a healing period of 4-6 months. This creates a firm foundation for your new tooth, which is a porcelain crown.
How does the Procedure Work?
Dr. Craybas and Dr. Crumb will guide you through the process from start to finish. They’ll work closely with a trusted specialist who will handle the surgical placement of your dental implant. During the healing process, our doctors will carefully monitor your progress with regular examinations to ensure success, and let you know when it’s time to deliver your crown.
After the appropriate healing time, our doctors will custom design your new crown to replace your tooth and complement your smile. The crown attaches to your implant with an abutment, and now you have a fully functioning new tooth!
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Because an implant closely mimics your natural tooth, you’ll have all the function that you enjoyed before such as chewing, smiling, and talking. You’ll also be able to brush and floss as you were used to, which makes your dental implant very easy to care for.
Dental implants in Syracuse are a very reliable treatment, boasting a 95% success rate. They also offer incredible longevity, as with the right home care and regular dental checkups at Creative Dental Concepts, they have the potential to last for a lifetime. This also makes them a wise investment in your oral health.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require a couple things to ensure their success and those are:
- The patient is in good general health
- The patient has enough healthy bone structure to support the implant
Dr. Craybas and Dr. Crumb can determine if dental implants are right for your needs with a thorough examination and x-rays. They may recommend a professional cleaning, or completion of any outstanding dental work such as a filling or crown be done prior to your implant surgery. This ensures that you maintain optimum oral health along with the success of your dental implant.
While implants work well for most patients, they may not be the right treatment for everyone. Our doctors are happy to discuss other options for replacing your tooth with you if it turns out that implants are not in your future.
How Do I Get Started?
The first place to start is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Craybas or Dr. Crumb if you’d like to determine if dental implants in Syracuse will work for you. Once you decide to move forward you’ll be referred to a specialist and your procedure will start from there.
Your trusted team at Creative Dental Concepts is here for you every step of the way, and we’re happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have throughout the process.
Don’t let your failing or missing tooth hold you back any longer! Hope is just a phone call away. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.