Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
Restorative dentistry is one of the specialties of your local Erie dentist Dr. Albert Starr at Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC. Dr. Starr has been performing implant installation procedures for years. He knows what has been established throughout dental science—that no tooth replacement option can match the durability, stability, and permanence of an implant.
It’s true, an implant can last the rest of your life as long as you take care of it. Your Erie implant dentist recommends that you be sure to follow this dental implant care guide.
Don’t smoke: Actually, if you use tobacco in any form, you should stop at least four weeks prior to the implant installation, during which the implant screw is embedded surgically into the jawbone. Using tobacco can hinder the healing process following the implant installation, thus delaying how long until you can receive a crown to complete the procedure. Smoking also can lead to complications after the implant screw is installed. Not to mention, smoking leads to gum disease, which could compromise the dental implant.
Oral hygiene: Oral hygiene is just as important once the implant has been completed as it was before you had it installed. Be sure to keep brushing and flossing daily, while seeing your Erie area dentist once every six months for a check-up. Our office we explain what you should do to maintain oral health during and after the procedure. During these appointments, your implant dentist and dental hygienist will examine any implants you have, as well as your teeth and gums, making necessary recommendations in addition to encouraging the standard oral hygiene habits of brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
When should you be concerned about your implant?
You never should need to worry about having your implant replaced or restored, as long as one of three things doesn’t happen. First, that the implant does not become loose. Second, that the implant does not develop an infection. Lastly, that the implant is not damaged in any way.
It is important to know the warning signs that any of the three above problems could exist. Possible symptoms include numbness or pain emanating from the site of the implant, the gums, chin, lips, or your other natural teeth. Also, pain when pressure is placed on the area where the implant was installed; sinus problems caused by implants installed in the upper jaw touching sinus cavities; or peri-implantitis, which is caused when bacterial infection or inordinate biting force cause inflammation of the bone and gum surrounding the implant.
Implant dentistry in Harborcreek
You should choose an implant dentist who is going to stick by you through every step of this intensive process. When the actual installation work begins, your Erie implant dentist should examine the adjacent hard and soft tissues, using special professional tools to remove any hard, calcified deposits that may accumulate around your implant. At this time, your bite also may need to be adjusted, so as to avoid a heavy amount of force being placed upon the implant.
Your implant dentist wants your new dental implants to last a lifetime. To learn more about Dr. Albert Starr and how Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, can replace missing teeth with beautiful, durable dental implants, call our office at (814) 825-2615 to schedule a consultation.
Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, is proud to serve the oral health needs of patients in the areas of Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek in Pennsylvania.