After Implant Placement
Dental implants are a popular modern treatment used to replace missing teeth. This solution provides several significant benefits over traditional bridges and dentures and can be used in many different situations. Shenandoah Family Dentistry can provide you with information regarding the implant placement process as well as what to expect once your surgery is complete.
Placing Your Temporary Restorations
Implants require surgery for placement. After creating holes on your jaws, the posts are placed immediately inside. Once your gums have been sutured, we then place temporary teeth. These teeth, which can be fixed or removable, enable you to eat and speak, while also helping to provide you with a more aesthetic smile, while you heal.
Recovering After Placement
The recovery process following implant placement can last several weeks to several months. The exact time varies from patient to patient. During this time, your jawbone gradually fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts within your jaw, turning them into replacement roots that will then be used to secure your permanent dental restorations into place.
Before leaving your surgical appointment, you are supplied with specific aftercare instructions. These instructions help you to deal with common post-surgical issues, such as pain and swelling, and how to take care of your mouth, and yourself, so that you heal properly. Pain and swelling can often be dealt with using over the counter medications, ice, and heat. If necessary, we can provide you with stronger pain medication if the pain is too strong. You will be recommended to limit activities, especially in the early stages of recovery. You will also be recommended to eat a well-balanced diet of soft, easy to chew foods. As you begin to recover, you can begin to resume your normal activities and diet.
What Issues Can Affect Recovery?
Following your post-surgical instructions is crucial for preventing serious issues from occurring. Issues that can affect your recovery include
Placing Your Final Restorations
Once you have fully healed from implant surgery, the process for placing your final dental restorations begins. This typically requires two appointments. At the first appointment, your temporary teeth are removed, and the abutments are placed. Next, impressions of your mouth are taken. These impressions are sent to our lab. The lab uses them to design and create your custom replacement teeth. During your second appointment, your new teeth are checked to ensure a proper fit and proper bite and are then secured into place.
Taking Care of Your New Teeth
Even though your new teeth are made from ceramic, they still need to be taken care of. Ceramic teeth may not develop decay and cavities, but it can still collect plaque and bacteria, both of which can lead to gum disease. Even if all of your teeth have been replaced with dental implants, it is essential that you continue to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once daily, and have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year.
How Long Do Implants Last?
Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution. They can even be a permanent solution. The posts function like natural tooth roots, stimulating your jawbone to stop and prevent bone loss. This helps to keep your jawbone strong and healthy. Should a crown wear out or break, it can easily be replaced while your implants remain in place in your jaw.
Dental implants are a more involved process with a recovery period that can take several months. However, the many benefits provided by this incredible treatment make it worth the extra time and recovery. Call Shenandoah Family Dentistry to schedule your consultation today at (540) 773-0011.