Tooth loss is not all or nothing. You may have one tooth that just can be repaired, leaving you to explore the advantages of a dental bridge. While this is a well-known option, it isn't your only one. You can also replace a single tooth with a dental implant.
Drs. Eugene and Olga Titov each have substantial training and experience in the performance of dental implant treatment. In our Naples, FL office, we can help you quickly reclaim your most functional, comfortable, and natural smile! Contact us today at (239) 331-3575 to schedule your consultation at Marsh Cove Dental.
What is a Single Implant?
A dental implant is a singular post made of titanium. The post resembles a screw. It is used to replace the roots of a tooth and to serve as an anchor for a custom-made dental crown. The single implant is an outstanding alternative to a traditional dental bridge because it negates the need for tooth reduction on two healthy teeth. With this treatment process, you get one implant and one crown. That's it. A bridge, on the other hand, would involve two crowns and an artificial tooth. That artificial tooth would sit only on top of the gums. There would be space underneath the artificial tooth that you would need to clean using a special flosser. By choosing a single implant for tooth replacement, you regain the most natural structure. You also save two healthy teeth from unnecessary reduction and stress.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for the Procedure?
If you are in good general health and do not smoke, you may be an excellent candidate for dental implant treatment. If you smoke and would like to receive a dental implant, talk to one of our dentists about your risks and how to reduce them. If you quit smoking and can refrain from the use of tobacco for several weeks or months while your implant heals, you may qualify for treatment. It is necessary to be free of advanced periodontal disease to achieve successful implant treatment. Your dentist may recommend gum therapy if needed to eliminate infection and inflammation. At Marsh Cove Dental, we are thorough in our consultation and examination process for dental implant surgery. Our extensive experience enables us to devise treatment around your needs so you can enjoy the many benefits of this proven tooth replacement option.
What Does the Single Implant Procedure Involve?
After your consultation confirms that you are a good candidate for a single dental implant, our friendly team will schedule your procedure. To maximize your comfort and relaxation, you may request that we include sedation dentistry in your minor surgical treatment. To begin your procedure, the dentist will administer a generous amount of local anesthetic to completely numb the area around the tooth. When you are numb, they will create a small opening in your gums, then use a small instrument to make space for the titanium post. The post is inserted into its opening, where it will become encased in the jawbone over time. Your gums will be stitched closed and a dressing may be applied to the area for a short time. You will return to the office in three to six months for the next step, which is to affix an abutment, a connector, to the top of your secured implant. To place the abutment, the dentist will numb the area, make an incision in your gums to expose the implant, and affix the small piece. Your gums are then stitched around the abutment rather than over it. In a few weeks, you will be ready for the placement of your new artificial tooth!
Recovery and Aftercare for Single Implants
You can expect to receive guidance from your dentist to help you recover optimally from your dental implant treatment. There are two objectives in dental implant aftercare. One is to prevent infection and the other is to avoid disrupting the implant while it heals into the jawbone. To achieve these goals, your dentist may advise you to do the following:
- During your first 24 hours after treatment, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. You may brush your teeth gently after 24 hours.
- If you have been prescribed medication, take it as directed. Do not skip doses.
- Take acetaminophen as needed to manage comfort.
- For 24 hours, avoid hot foods and beverages. Do not drink through a straw.
- Eat soft foods for at least a day or two. Chew on the opposite side of the mouth.
- As you get more comfortable, you can eat firmer foods. You may want to avoid foods that are very crunchy or hard, or chew them only on the opposite side of your mouth.
How to Maintain and Care For Single Implants
One of the many benefits of dental implant treatment is that you do not need to drastically alter your oral hygiene practice. Keep brushing your teeth twice a day, and floss once daily to remove debris that could lead to plaque formation. See your dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. Take good care of your gums. The prevention of gum disease is important for dental implant patients regardless of the number of implants they have. Your single dental implant can last your entire life when you practice good oral care.
Contact Us To Make An Appointment
We love performing dental implant treatment because we know the rewarding effects it brings! For more information or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Eugene or Dr. Olga Titov, contact us at (239) 331-3575 We are proud to serve patients in Naples, Bonita Springs, and nearby areas of Collier County, Florida.