Dental implants are replacements for missing teeth that are placed into the jaw bone through oral surgery. A titanium post is implanted into the jaw bone and over the next 3-6 months, the implant fuses with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. Once they become fused, the tooth’s root is fully restored.
This prevents bone loss and holds the tooth securely in place so it doesn’t have room to move around. An abutment and dental crown are attached to the implant to complete the restoration and fill in the gap in the teeth. Implants restore the appearance, function, and structure of the tooth from the crown to the root.
Preventive dentistry if your foundation for a healthy smile. With regular cleanings and exams, small dental issues can be caught before they turn into large and costly problems. Preventive dental care along with a diligent at-home brushing and flossing routine can help prevent dental issues all together. It’s these small investments in your oral hygiene that lead to a beautiful, healthy smile.
You will need to avoid dislodging your blood clots after implant surgery so you don’t develop a dry socket.
Dr. Charles Poblenz will examine your mouth and take x-rays to look for signs of oral health problems that may need to be treated before implants can be placed and to determine if you have sufficient jaw bone density.
We will make an incision into your gums and insert a biocompatible titanium post into your jaw bone.
It will take 3-6 months for your jaw to fully heal and for the implant to fuse with the jaw bone.
Once osseointegration is complete, we will reopen your gums to attach an abutment to your implant.
Within 6 weeks of attaching the abutment, your dental crown will be ready for placement. It is created from impressions we take of your teeth by an outside dental lab.
Dental implants are superior to all other tooth restorations in just about every single way. While other restorations such as dentures can accelerate bone loss, dental implants actually preserve the existing jaw bone and prevent future bone loss.
They’re also a long-term restoration that can last from 25 years to life with the proper hygiene. Because the crown is held in place with an implant, you can chew and speak without worrying about your teeth moving or falling out.
You’ll enjoy a restriction-free diet and be able to speak more clearly, all without having to worry about any special maintenance. Implants also prevent all the consequences of having a missing tooth in the mouth, such as shifting teeth, changes in the facial structure, changes to your bite, a gap in your teeth, and difficulty eating.
How long it takes to heal from dental implants depends on the complexity of your case, including whether or not you received bone grafts, the strength of your jaw bone, your lifestyle habits, and how long your body takes to heal.
For the first 24 hours, it’s crucial to avoid rinsing your mouth, brushing or flossing your teeth, and all forms of suction, as well as consuming alcohol, smoking, and exercising. Some bleeding is to be expected for the first 48-72 hours.
Gauze will be placed after your oral surgery that you will bite down on for 30-60 minutes and should routinely change before it becomes soaked. You should dampen the gauze before putting it in your mouth.
You can also bite down on a wet caffeinated tea bag to stop the bleeding and form blood clots. Reduce swelling which should peak about 2-3 days after oral surgery by elevating your head, taking anti-inflammatory pain medication, and applying a cold compress to the area.
The day after the surgery, you can rinse your mouth with the prescribed mouthwash or with a saline solution 3 times a day. You can return to brushing and flossing your teeth but should be careful around the implant.
Stick to soft foods for the first week and chew on the other side of your mouth. You shouldn’t drink alcohol or smoke while recovering. You can relieve pain with a prescription or over-the-counter medication but the pain should not persist longer than 2 weeks.
If bleeding persists for longer than 72 hours after implant surgery, you could have mucositis or peri-implantitis.