Losing a tooth can seem like a life-changing event but it's a lot more common than you probably realize. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Your dentists, Dr. Karen Lawitts and Dr. Joshua Wolhandler, can provide dental implants in Syracuse, NY, to replace your teeth.
Dental implants are false teeth that your dentist embeds into your jaw bone to replace your lost teeth. They are different from other tooth restorations that merely sit above your gums. Dental implants consist of a titanium root that is screwed into your jaw bone to secure your implant and a crown that looks like your natural teeth.
Titanium is a biocompatible material so you're less likely to adversely react to its installation. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are pretty popular because of how realistic they look.
Getting Dental Implants
The procedure for installing dental implants in Syracuse, NY, could take a couple of months from start to finish. However, it's worth the wait because of its durability and functionality.
Your dentist will need to examine your jaw and determine if it's capable of bearing dental implants. This exam might involve imaging tests such as X-rays to see your jaw bone. Once you're certified ready for dental implants, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create mold. You'll then get the metal root surgically installed in your jaw bone.
This procedure is performed with anesthesia to decrease your discomfort. Your dentist will cover your newly installed dental implant root with a temporary crown to protect it from damage. For the next couple of months, you'll have your temporary crowns on while you wait for your jaw bone to grow around and secure your dental implant. This waiting period could be between three to six months.
When you come in for a dental appointment and your dentist determines that your dental implant is secure, you'll finally be getting your permanent dental crown. Now that you have your new tooth, you won't have to hide your brilliant smile anymore.
Do you want to get dental implants in Syracuse, NY, to rebuild your smile? Your dentists, Dr. Lawitts and Dr. Wolhandler can help. Schedule your consultation by calling (315) 492-8138.