Dental ImplantsEveryone wants to be able to smile without feeling self conscious, eat without making it feel like a chore, and speak without continually having to repeat your words. Losing one or many teeth can have such an impact; it may cause you to feel self conscious and take a toll on your mental well-being.
At Tanasbourne Dental Care, we believe nobody should have to feel at a loss due to a few missing teeth and we can guide you through all the steps necessary to feel confident again. After all, smiling, eating, and communicating are a joy that everyone should experience. Through restorative dentistry, we are able to solve your tooth replacement needs by the placement of dental implants.
What Type of Dental Implants Are There?
An implant is a fabricated replica of your missing teeth in the form of dental crowns or dental bridges that are placed into your gums and held in place by your jaw. There are primarily two types of implants, and all implants are classified under these two categories.
An endosteal implant, also known as an in-bone implant, is the most commonly used implant. The implant consists of three parts; it may be made of one or multiple teeth held together that are surgically placed into your jawbone.
Subperiosteal implants or on-the-bone implants are placed on top of your jaw using a metal framework that acts as the base to hold the prosthesis in position. These implants are used by patients who either do not qualify for the endosteal implants or cannot support the use of conventional dentures.
What Qualifies You as a Candidate For Dental Implants?
You may want to get an implant if your dentures are a source of discomfort, pain, or challenges with speech. Before you start considering a dental implant, you will need to get assessed for it. In your initial consultation, you will be examined to see if you have healthy gums, adequate bone density, and enough bone to accommodate the implant.
If your gum health is poor, you cannot get implants fitted, but this does not immediately mean you have been disqualified as a potential candidate. However, you will be required to receive additional treatment done to restore your gums - a procedure called periodontal treatment. In case of failure to meet the latter two conditions, you cannot sustain an implant and would require a bone graft procedure, and if there is not enough bone high on your upper jaw, you may require a sinus lift procedure as all implants are at least 10 millimeters in size.
Lastly, it is critical that you do not smoke or consume alcohol excessively. Patients who smoke have shown a higher risk of infection post-procedure and a higher risk of implant failure. It is in our best intentions to help you increase your chances of success.
Dental Implant Placement
Since each implant placement procedure is tailored according to each patient’s unique needs, post-procedure experience may differ from one patient to another. Depending on your unique personal factors, we may plant and load (mount a replacement tooth) the implant on the same day or during multiple dental appointments. Those who prefer permanent fixtures need to wait for their implants to heal properly before the final components of the restoration are mounted.
At Tanasbourne Dental Care, we believe that a dental implant should last a lifetime, serving the patient efficiently all through the years. However, to ensure this outcome, we prioritize the details of the implant procedure as much as the post-procedure care.
After Dental Implant Placement
Implant placement involves drilling holes in the gums. As such, it is normal for implant patients to notice swelling and bleeding gums or reddish pigments in their saliva after the procedure. You may also notice swelling around your face from your mouth to your cheeks, and eyelids. It’s nothing to worry about as they’re all signs of the body’s natural reaction to surgery.
With gauze mounted firmly on the site of the implant, bleeding should stop within four to six hours. We might also ask patients to bite down on a moistened black tea bag for about half-an-hour to rub the injury site with the tannic acid in the tea bag, if they are continuing to have bleeding. Tannic acid constricts blood vessels to promote blood clotting. The immediate use of ice packs can also bring effective instant relief to the pain and stem the excessive blood flow that’s inflating the swollen soft tissues. Depending on the intensity of the pain and swelling, you may need to apply ice packs for 24-48 hours post-surgery.
To prevent further swelling and bleeding in the gums, we ask patients not to spit or rinse their mouths for 48 hours after surgery, stay still and avoid exercise, sit upright, and keep their tongue and other objects away from the implant site.
To help relieve post-surgery pain, we may prescribe common over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. We’ll then continue monitoring you over the next few days to ensure that the pain subsides as the days go by. We’ll also advise you against driving, operating heavy machinery, or engaging in any activity that might strain the site of the injury and trigger pain.
Tips for a Quick Recovery from a Dental Implant Procedure
To keep the mouth clean post-surgery, we advise patients to rinse their mouth gently with a glass of warm water containing one-half teaspoon of salt at least five to six times a day. Patients may also brush and floss regularly, but should steer clear of the surgical site at least until their implant heals, usually after a few months.
Recovering patients also need to avoid smoking, consuming carbonated drinks or alcohol, and eating crunchy and sticky foods such as candy, chips, nuts, or seeds. We usually recommend that patients eat soft or semi-solid foods such as smoothies, yogurt, pancakes, and cooked vegetables. Above all, you shouldn’t fail to keep up with your follow up appointments at our Tanasbourne Dental Care offices to ensure your recovery is monitored and tracked by our doctors. Call us today at 503-690-9536 to schedule your consult appointment for dental implants.