Dental Implants: When teeth go missing!!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing teeth, teeth that have been knocked out or extracted because of decay or gum disease. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
Dental Implants typically have 3 parts:
1] The Implant which is made of medical grade titanium that permanently attaches itself into your bone and serves as a root for your new tooth.
2] The Abutment which is permanent connector that gets attached into the Implant and hold the Implant tooth crown over it.
3] The Crown which is the final tooth you can see that fits on the Abutment and is usually made of Zirconia, Porcelain or Porcelain fused on metal.
In most cases the entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months[4 to 6] and involves four or more appointments.
1] The first step is a dental x ray and a CT scan of your jaw bone to see if there is enough of bone to hold the an implant.
2] The next part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
3] The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time, depending on the location of the tooth being replaced you can have temporary restoration installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
4] After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Our office will send this impression to a dental lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.
When properly cared for, Dental Implants can last a life time making them one of the best investments for long term tooth replacement.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Improved Confidence: Implant retained dentures look and feel more like natural teeth.
Retention and Stability During Eating: Due to multiple secure anchor points, implant retained dentures are less likely to shift in your mouth when you eat.
Bone and Gum Preservation By keeping the supportive structures of your mouth engaged, implant retained dentures help preserve your function and appearance. Overall bone can be maintained with a dental implant. Some jaw bone grafts that can resorb without dental implants in as little as five years. Dental Implants can maintain overall bone volume with bone-implant integration.
Improved Dental Hygiene Implant retained dentures may be a more hygienic tooth-replacement solution for many patients.
Improved Esthetics Implant retained dentures are customized to fit the natural look of your face and smile.
Nutritional Benefits Implant retained dentures allow you to eat a more well-rounded diet.
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FEW INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING IMPLANT SURGERY.
After surgery is completed, a suture may be placed around the incision, which should remain in place 2 weeks during the post operative phase. Do not chew directly on implants during the initial healing phase. Avoid disturbing the implant with your tongue or fingers. Try to keep the mouth as clean as possible. Brush teeth normally and be sure to brush your tongue. Clean the Implant area with a cotton swab or gauze instead of a brush for a week. Rinse with Chlorhexidine mouthwash for one minute each time with 1/2 oz-use the cap to measure the dosage. Use for ten (10) days. Please take medications as directed unless a drug reaction or allergies develop.
During the next five days (beginning 24 hours after surgery) lukewarm salt water rinse should be used 3 to 4 times a day. Dissolve one level teaspoonful of salt to an eight ounce glass of warm water. Allow water to remain in your mouth for 60 seconds, but do not rinse vigorously before emptying salt water rinse. A gentle rinsing action is suggested.
A nutritionally balanced soft food diet with plenty of fluids is important during the first 24 hours. Eat soups and soft foods such as Applesauce, pureed banana, peaches, apricots, pears, Cream of wheat or rice, oatmeal, Scrambled, poached, or soft boiled, creamy peanut butter, tender, well cooked or canned: beets, carrots, green beans, peas, squash, creamed corn and white potatoes which are easily chewed and swallowed. Have soups/foods warmed slightly rather than hot. During the first 24 hours avoid using straws, rinsing vigorously. Absolutely no smoking and no alcohol. Any of these actions could disturb or dislodge the protective blood clot from the surgical site. Loss of clot (dry socket) may cause uncomfortable delayed healing, and require additional visits to our office for treatment. A meal supplement such as Ensure may be helpful following the procedure depending on the amount of soreness you experience when chewing. It is important that you maintain a high protein, soft diet throughout the post operative phase. Foods that are a good source of protein are: eggs, cottage cheese, pasta, lukewarm soups and ground meats. A modified soft diet should be maintained for few weeks following surgery while the implant heals. Avoid traumatizing the implant: do not use a water pik, play with the area with your tongue, or eat hard, crusty foods.
Avoid high acid or citrus foods that could burn tissue, foods with seed, or popcorn, apple or prune juice.
Please note that the above instructions may vary and require modifications per patient situations and the treating dentist must be consulted for individualized post implant placement instructions.