There are several negative consequences of tooth loss. One of the most significant of which is the emotional effect on a person.
A study in the British Dental Journal, titled The Emotional Effects of Tooth Loss: A Preliminary Quantitative Study, showed that 45% of participants with tooth loss were emotionally affected by it. They had a hard time accepting it and 36% of this group hadn’t come to terms with their tooth loss at the time of the study. They felt sad, depressed, old, and as if they had lost a part of themselves.
With all the patients we’ve helped over the years, we know exactly what that’s like.
If you’re experiencing tooth loss, your Pittsburgh dentist at Northland Dental Medicine offers quality dental implants, including the Snaptite® Smile solution, to regain your smile. Here’s how the process unfolds with most of our patients.
- No-obligation consultation. During this relaxed visit to our practice, we’ll determine whether dental implants are appropriate for you. I’ll tell you about your specific oral health factors and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
- Supplemental procedures. As your Pittsburgh dentist, I provide supplemental treatments for a variety of conditions. While this may extend your treatment timeline, it’s imperative that we address these concerns first. You need to have excellent oral health if you want your implants to last a lifetime. Routine supplemental treatments I provide are sinus augmentations, tooth extractions, and bone grafts.
- The big day. Once preparations are complete, the first of two dental implant surgeries can begin. At this time, I will place the fixture into the jawbone via the gums. The fixture is made of titanium and will form the strong base of your dental implant in Pittsburgh. Anxiety-free anesthesia is provided for this procedure, and typically, it lasts for just a couple of hours for most patients.
- Time for recovery and osseointegration. The titanium post needs to fuse to your jawbone – a process known as osseointegration. It will take 3-6 months to heal and move on to the next phase.
- The final step – abutment & restoration. After your jaw and the implant have fused together, it’s time to attach the abutment and crown. The abutment is the connective piece while the crown is the tooth-colored cap everyone sees when you smile. Congratulations – you’re ready to show off your new teeth to the world!
Call our friendly team to find out more! All of us at Northland Dental Medicine are eager to meet you and help give you countless reasons to smile.
Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Michael Corsello, your Pittsburgh dentist