Dental Implants in Naples, FL
Replacing missing teeth with implant-supported restorations is the healthiest, most comprehensive way to restore your smile.
When used to replace individual teeth, the results are superior to fixed bridges for three major reasons:
- Unlike traditional bridges, dental implants don’t require any healthy teeth to be altered or additional crowns affixed to secure the replacement tooth.
- Because dental implants restore missing tooth roots and stimulate underlying bone, the jaw remains healthy. Without this stimulation, the jawbone begins to break down, causing significant changes to facial aesthetics.
- With your choice of restoration securely anchored by dental implant(s), eating, speaking, and laughing feels natural and allows you to express yourself authentically.
Dentures can be supported by a minimum of four dental implants to restore up to a full arch of missing teeth.
Dental bridges can also be used with at least two implants when replacing a short row of teeth.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implant posts or fixtures are artificial roots (usually titanium) that are strategically inserted into the upper or lower jaw bone by Dr. Koslen. After a thorough assessment of your existing teeth, gums, and jaw, our dentist determines your eligibility
for the implant procedure. If you have experienced jaw bone loss due to the prolonged absence of teeth, Dr. Koslen can arrange for bone grafting to strengthen the jaw and qualify you for the surgery.
After the implants are placed, several weeks of healing are necessary to allow the proper integration of the post and bone. Once there is sufficient fusion, your choice of skillfully crafted and shade-matched prosthetics is firmly attached to the new
Our dentist is meticulous when preparing and shaping your restorations. When you renew your smile with the help of Dr. Koslen, you can rely on your replacement teeth to be strong, durable, and natural looking.
You will receive care instructions every step of the way. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular visits to our Naples Dental office, will aid in the life of your new implant.
Learn More about Receiving Dental Implants in Naples, FL
Whether you are missing one tooth or a full arch, one of our high-quality prosthetic solutions can meet your needs. We offer the following implant-supported restorations:
- Implant-Supported Crowns – for individual tooth replacement
- Implant-Supported Bridges – to replace a short row of missing teeth
- Implant-Supported Dentures – for full arch replacement
- Overdentures – This removable option relies on the support of at least two implants for additional stability and security.
Feel free to call into our practice if you have any questions. Our staff is standing by and eager to answer your questions.
Tips To a Quicker Recovery After Implant Surgery
Following dental implant surgery, patients must take detailed care of the area surrounding their new implant. For the first month the dental implant is still integrating with the bone and tissues so the patient’s care routine will be slightly more
involved during this initial period. Above all, do not disturb the wound in the initial days that follow surgery. Avoid rinsing, spitting, and touching the mouth for 24 hours after surgery to avoid contaminating or irritating the surgical
site. After dental implant surgery it’s important to follow these care instructions:
Antibiotics – Patients should take all prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection at the surgical site. Twenty-four hours after the surgery, patients should begin using the prescribed oral rinse twice daily alongside a warm
saltwater rinse 4-5 times daily (preferably after every meal/snack).
Bleeding - Blood in the patients’ saliva is normal during the first 24 hours following surgery. We suggest biting on gauze pads to help control and lessen blood flow. Gently bite down on the gauze pad and try to maintain
constant pressure, repeating as often as needed, or until bleeding lessens.
Dealing with pain – Shortly after your dental implant surgery the anesthetic will wear off. You should begin taking pain medication before this happens. Any over-the-counter pain medication can be taken (e.g., Tylenol®,
Aleve®, ibuprofen, etc.).
Diet - We recommend an initial diet of soft foods, but patients can resume a normal diet as soon as they feel capable of doing so. Stay hydrated. It is critical that you are drinking plenty of fluids.
Hygiene – In order for the dental implants to heal properly, the surgical site must be kept clean. Continue to brush your teeth as you normally would, but avoid any sutures and do not brush the implant. The antibiotic and saltwater
rinses will disinfect the implant itself.
Swelling – After dental implant surgery some amount of swelling is to be expected. To help minimize swelling, try to keep your head elevated and lower your activity level as much as possible. Use ice packs for the first 48 hours and
apply continuously, or as frequently as possible to minimize facial swelling.
Wearing your prosthesis or night guard – Partial dentures, flippers, full dentures, retainers, or night guards should not be used for at least 10 days following surgery. If there are any special circumstances, our practice will discuss
those with you during your pre-operative consultation.
Smoking – Smoking after dental implant surgery has an increased risk of infection which also increases the risk of dental implants failing to integrate. We recommend that patients do not smoke for a minimum of 2 weeks after dental
What does recovery involve?
While each patient’s case is different, recovery after dental implant surgery happens in a series of phases. With your new dental implants, maintaining proper oral hygiene should be your primary focus. In order for the implant to properly fuse with the
jawbone, it must remain clean. Also keep in mind that when properly cared for, a dental implant can serve its owner for life.
When maintaining proper hygiene, oral discomfort should gradually lessen. Swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding may still occur. If any pain does continue, feel free to continue using the pain medications.
Healing time differs depending on whether a patient receives immediate crown placement, or waits for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. Your recovery timeframe will depend on your individual case and treatment plan; follow-up appointments will be scheduled
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.