Dental Implants in Hermitage, PA

Dental Implants | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryIf you’re an adult, losing a tooth can have a dramatic impact on your life.

Tooth loss can occur for any number of reasons, including tooth decay, periodontal disease, or an accident that involves facial trauma. Whatever the cause, the result is the same. Just one missing tooth can damage your self-confidence, make it difficult to chew comfortably, and even affect your ability to speak clearly.

Implant dentistry at Thomas Family Dentistry offers a solution for those with one or more missing teeth.

A dental implant is a stable, permanent replacement that feels and works like a natural tooth. We can pair dental implants with dental restorations like crowns, a bridge, or a denture that’s customized to meet your tooth replacement needs. 

How Dental Implants Work

A dental implant is basically an artificial tooth that replaces both the crown and the root of a missing tooth. A small titanium post forms the base of the implant and serves as the artificial "root" of the tooth.

After the implant is placed in your jaw, it’s allowed to heal for several months. During this time, the implant integrates with the bone. This creates a solid foundation in your gum and jawbone that serves as an anchor for the restoration attached to it. 

Benefits of Tooth Replacement with Implants

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants offers many benefits. Most noticeably, dental implants dramatically restore the beauty of your smile. They also improve the function of the rest of your teeth and help protect your overall oral health. 

woman smiling after dental implants | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryWhen a tooth is not replaced, the remaining natural teeth will shift over time, causing uneven wear. Also, without a natural root to stimulate growth, the jawbone will start to deteriorate. 

Ensure Your Peace of Mind with Stable Dentures

One concern people have with the idea of dentures is the prospect of embarrassing accidents when a denture drops or slips out of place. Dental adhesives are somewhat effective, but they can’t come close to the effectiveness of dental implants, which are permanently placed in your jaw then secured to your denture.

All-on-4 dentures use four or more implants strategically placed along the jaw line. Your denture will be made with snaps that attach securely to the denture. Imagine never having to worry about the embarrassment of a runaway denture again!

We’re with You from Start to Finish

At Thomas Family Dentistry, we’re pleased to do all our implant placement right here in our Hermitage dental office.

Dr. Noelle Peters has received additional training in the placement of dental implants and will handle your entire procedure, from placement of the implant to placement of your final restoration. You don’t have to run from one specialist to another, and all your work will be handled by a qualified team of friendly professionals you know and trust.

Ready to Learn More?

If you’ve wondered about dental implants and whether or not they’re right for you, please give our office a call. We will be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Peters to discuss implants as well as our other tooth replacement options.

Dental Implant Placement Post Operative Instructions

Immediate Postoperative Care: Care should be taken in the immediate postoperative period to minimize contact with the implant. Aside from normal hygiene, it is best to completely leave the implant alone for the first 2 weeks after placement. You may want to limit foods to softer items and chew in an area away from the implant during the 10 to 12 week integration stage.

Bleeding: Minimal bleeding is expected after implant surgery. Bleeding after surgery may continue for several hours. The best way to stop bleeding is to fold 2 pieces of damp gauze over the extraction site and gently bite for 30-60 minutes making sure pressure is being applied to the extraction site. Rest quietly with your head elevated. If bleeding continues, use gauze for an additional 30 minutes. Bleeding should always be evaluated by looking directly at the surgical site. Pink or blood-tinged saliva may be seen for 2-3 days following the surgery and does not indicate a problem. Suture material may last 1-2 weeks and should be left alone. You will be asked to return to the office for a 2 week follow-up appointment. Any sutures remaining at that time may be removed at the surgeon’s discretion. Do not pull or cut the sutures yourself.

Swelling: Swelling is the body’s normal reaction to surgery and healing. The swelling will not become apparent until 24 hours after surgery and will not reach its peak for 2-3 days. After this time, the swelling should decrease but may persist for 7-10 days. Swelling may be minimized by the immediate use of ice packs. Apply the ice packs to the outside of the face 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off while awake for the first 24 hours. After 48 hours, begin use of a warm, moist compress to the cheek.

Medication / Pain: Unfortunately, most oral surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. If you do not have an allergy to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil) we recommend taking this prior to the local anesthetic wearing off. More severe pain may require a narcotic pain medication. Narcotic pain medication will make you drowsy, do not drive or operate mechanical machinery while taking the prescription. Alternate Ibuprofen (2 tablets / 200mg each) and the narcotic medication every two hours if needed. Once you feel like you can stop the narcotic, use Ibuprofen or Tylenol. You may also be prescribed an antibacterial mouth rinse which should be used twice daily in the first two weeks following implant surgery. All medications should not exceed the recommended dosage.

Antibiotics: If an antibiotic is prescribed, take the tablets or liquid as directed. Take the entire prescription until gone. Antibiotics can be given to help prevent infection. Make sure to call the office if a rash or other unfavorable reaction occurs.

Activity: For the first 48 hours you should rest and relax with no physical activity. After 48 hours, you may resume activity as tolerated.

Healing: Bad breath is common and will disappear as healing occurs. Two to three days following surgery, white, possible hard tissue may be seen in the surgical site. This signifies normal, healing tissue. It’s not unusual to see the silver healing cap appear through gum tissue following procedure.

Oral Hygiene: The best way to prevent infection and ensure healing is to keep your mouth clean. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste after meals and at bedtime. Should bleeding resume after brushing, repeat the use of gauze as described above. Do not rinse your mouth the day of surgery.