Discovering a tooth is failing in Ajax or facing the imminent loss of several teeth can cause extensive problems that extend well beyond your smile. Problems with your teeth can affect your diet, making it harder to eat the foods you enjoy and potentially affect overall nutrition. The pain caused by infected teeth can be significant, affecting your enjoyment of everyday activities or making it tricky to perform well at work. You may need extensive time off work because of severe tooth infections. Tooth loss can also affect self-esteem and self-confidence too.
Here at Durham Dental Solutions in Whitby, we frequently see people with problem teeth, and we do everything we can to save them. Preserving and protecting your natural teeth is always a preferable option, but unfortunately, it isn’t always possible. The last option is tooth extraction, which may be necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has a significant infection.
Before we remove the tooth, our dentist will discuss how best to replace it, ideally as soon as possible. Bowmanville dental implants are often the preferred treatment. We can often begin preparing your jaw for a dental implant as we remove the failing tooth.
Tooth Socket Preservation
When we need to remove a tooth in Pickering, we always take enormous care to extract it gently, using special tools and techniques and ensuring we preserve as much bone and gum around the tooth as possible. Often the bone around a failing tooth has become damaged due to infection, and we need to replace the missing bone to restore it to its correct volume.
As we remove the tooth, we will frequently perform a tooth socket preservation procedure, where bone grafting material is inserted into the empty socket, restoring lost bone volume and preparing the socket for a dental implant. Sometimes, if a significant amount of bone grafting material is needed, the socket may need to be left undisturbed for several months. The time allows the bone graft to integrate with your natural bone and encourage new bone growth.
Other times, the amount of grafting material needed may be relatively small, or bone grafting isn’t necessary as the jawbone is still in good shape. When this is the case, an implant dentist in Courtice may be able to place the dental implant on the same day as removing the tooth.
How Soon Can I Have My Implant Crown after Surgery?
One major concern and perfectly understandable concern amongst patients is how soon they can get their new implant crown after implant surgery in Clarington. It does depend on several factors as sometimes the implant will need to be left undisturbed to fuse with the bone around it and become strong enough to support the implant crown. If this is the case, there is no need to worry as a temporary prosthesis can be made to fill in the gap until healing is complete.
However, it may be possible to fit a temporary implant crown in Newcastle soon after surgery, restoring your appearance so you can smile and talk confidently during the healing period. The implant will still need time to fuse with the bone around it, so the temporary crown remains in place for a couple of months or so before it is replaced with your permanent implant crown. The temporary crown is mainly for cosmetic purposes rather than for biting and chewing food. Once your permanent implant crown is fitted onto the implant, you can expect to bite and chew food normally, and it is designed to look and feel just like a real tooth.