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One of our goals here at White Park Dental is to make sure that each patient leaves our office with a better understanding of their own dental health. Education is the best way to help in making an informed decision regarding your health care from prevention to treatment. If you ever have a question about your health, your care, or our practice, we encourage you to let us know.
We’ve provided some answers to our most commonly asked questions here, so feel free to take a look. If we haven’t answered your question or you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 603-225-4143. We look forward to seeing you at your next visit!
Implant Placement and Restoration
If you are missing one or more teeth, you'll understand how a gap in your smile can compromise many areas in your life, such as chewing, eating, speaking, and feeling confident about your appearance.
Additionally, a missing tooth can lead to further tooth loss because neighboring teeth tend to shift towards the gap and impact the alignment of your teeth.
For patients seeking a permanent tooth restoration, White Park Dental offers dental implants.
Dental implants are different than dental bridges and dentures. While they all seek to replace missing teeth, only dental implants go beyond the gumline to anchor with the jawbone. This process requires surgery and months of healing to restore your tooth fully. It's understandable for patients to be concerned with the amount of pain they might feel.
How Painful Are Dental Implants?
The actual surgery itself is not painful. Many our Concord patients have expressed surprise at how painless it is. Before we start, Dr. Kristen Harvey will administer a local anesthetic. Patients will not feel any discomfort as the entire area is numb.
Additionally, for patients who might have dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to help them relax and feel comfortable. We may provide pain medication to help with any pain after the anesthetic wears off.
What Happens After Dental Implant Surgery?
You heal! There may be some tenderness after the surgery, but nothing pain relief medicine cannot manage. To help with the healing process, we recommend:
- Avoid straws for 24 hours after the surgery.
- Don't be startled by minor swelling for the next few days.
- Rinse with salt water three to four times for a few days.
- Enjoy a liquid diet for the first 48 hours.
- Avoid smoking—it hinders the healing process.
- Use over-the-counter pain relief.
Learn More About Dental Implants in Corncord
Call your Concord, NH dental office today to schedule your dental implant appointment.
With a success rate of about 95 percent, placing dental implants in Concord, NH is highly predictable, and it’s rare for them to fail. In someone who’s a good candidate for implants, a biological process called osseointegration occurs. The body produces bone cells that grow around the surface of the implant, anchoring it to your jawbone.
The stability of your implant and the crown it’s attached to depends on this process to be successful. However, certain risk factors can contribute to a loose or failing implant.
- Gum disease that attacks the bone that supports the implant
- Bruxism and teeth grinding that place excessive force on the implant tooth, causing “overloading” and damaging the implant
- Certain medications like antidepressants that affect bone metabolism and osseointegration
- Smoking slows the healing process and affects optimal integration with bone
- Cancer treatment with radiation therapy inhibits healing
Even with all these risk factors, dental implant placement is still a highly successful procedure. If your implant does fail, however, there’s no need to panic. In most cases, your implant dentist will be able to remove the implant using only a local anesthetic.
If you are considering a dental implant, our Concord, NH dentist will discuss all these risk factors and how we can ensure long-term success. If your implant feels loose, call White Park Dental so we can determine the best course of action to help you.
Yes, Dr. Harvey has been trained to surgically place implants in her residency program at the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and has been placing them for over ten years. She utilizes 3D radiology (CBCT) to image and treatment plan ideal placement of the implant to maximize the cosmetics and function of the crown restoration for your missing tooth. In some cases, referral is advised based on your individual condition.
How Dental Restorations Work
If you're missing one or multiple teeth but don't want to go the direction of dental bridges or dentures, you might be seriously considering dental implants.
Dental implants are considered a more natural tooth restoration than bridges or dentures because they don't just rest on the gum line. They anchor to the jawbone and replace your entire tooth, down to the root.
During your dental appointment with Dr. Kristen Harvey, we will determine if you are in good health and candidacy for this surgical procedure. There must be enough healthy bone structure to place the dental implants, but if your jawline has already started to recede from the gaps on your smile, we have procedures to restore the necessary bone.
What Do Dental Restorations Look Like?
Dental implants mimic your existing teeth more than any other dental prosthetic. The dental implant is comprised of a thin titanium screw that anchors to the jaw bone like a root. Once the implant has healed and is secured, your implant dentist will attach an abutment to the screw. This abutment allows us to place a dental crown over the dental implant.
Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
The Dental Restoration Procedure in Concord, NH
This surgical procedure is simple and pain-free. Concord, NH dental implant dentist, Dr. Kristen Harvey, will administer local anesthesia to the site so that the entire area is numb. Patients will not feel anything throughout the process.
Your Concord dentist will place the dental implant where it will take three to six months to heal. Once the healing is complete, Dr. Harvey will then place an abutment to the implant screw, followed by a natural-looking dental crown.
The Implant Procedure Is Easy
If you are interested in restoring a missing tooth, call White Park Dental today for more information.
This depends if your tooth needs to be removed or is already missing and for how long. If the tooth is already missing and there is sufficient support for the implant, it is typically restored for chewing after three months. If the tooth requires removal and site preservation with bone grafting, this adds an additional three months for healing prior to placement of the implant. In some cases, additional augmentation or addition of bone needs to take place and timing is unique to each individual patient. Please schedule an evaluation for further individual information.
Your dental implant procedure will be done in multiple appointments over the course of several months. The exact timing of each step is specific and unique to your treatment plan, the number of teeth involved, and your healing process.
The doctor places the implant, and in 3 to 6 months when the implant has fully integrated with the bone, we use an abutment and a customized crown to restore the tooth. Payment for the procedure is divided into phases and aligned with the steps of the procedure.
To replace a single missing tooth, an implant provides the benefit of being a solution for only the area of concern. With a bridge, or fixed partial denture, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth need to be prepared for a crown to act as bridge abutments. With a partial, the adjacent teeth would be required to bear the support of the missing removable tooth with clasps.
How Implants are Different
An implant is titanium root replacement with an abutment and crown that screws into it, resulting in a fixed prosthetic. It is cosmetic and easily cleaned. Please contact us to discuss if this option may be right for you.