A missing tooth is more than enough to ruin your smile. A dental implant is one of the most common methods for replacing missing teeth. These implants preserve jawbone tissue by mimicking the action of your natural tooth roots. You might get conscious when interacting with people since you’re preoccupied with what people will think of your appearance. You must ask your periodontist six questions before getting a dental implant.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants serve as replacement tooth roots and slow or stop jaw bone resorption by supporting restorations for missing teeth. The implantation procedure is a prosthetic (artificial replacement) dental operation and a cosmetic procedure. People who have lost teeth may find it difficult to smile or speak. Additionally, the inconsistencies in biting brought on by tooth loss can negatively affect eating habits, resulting in health issues, including malnutrition. Dental implants give people the power and stability needed to eat all the foods they enjoy without struggling to chew. Additionally, they improve face support and prevent bone loss by stimulating and maintaining jaw bone.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Yes. Dental implants are safe as long as the patient is in good enough health for the procedure. Smokers should think about giving up smoking before surgery because it shortens the recovery period.
How Long Do Implants Take To Heal?
Dental implants typically take six to eight months to heal so that you can go about your daily activities without help. However, depending on the complexity of your dental implant procedure, including any bone transplants, etc., it may take longer. You can quicken the healing of your dental implants in a variety of ways. Some of the most efficient treatments are only eating soft meals, taking medicine, minimizing your physical activity, and obtaining enough sleep.
How Painful Is It To Get A Dental Implant?
A simple dental implant has a pain level between two and three in the first 24 to 48 hours, meaning over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil will take care of any discomfort the patient is experiencing. Patients who have dental implant surgery often experience discomfort due to the soft tissue manipulation that takes place during the procedure, not from the hole produced in the bone or the insertion of the implant. The first night after a small flap of gum tissue is lifted, the pain is at a three or four, and then it gets better. In light of this, individuals who receive dental implants without raising the gum tissue report minimal to no pain during and after the treatment. Patients will need to be given a powerful pain reliever if the operation requires bone grafting since the pain level is higher, and they will feel pain levels of 5 or 6 for the first three days following the procedure. Regardless of how much gum tissue is extracted or whether grafting is necessary, the discomfort lasts for one to three days before going away.
The patient’s particular threshold for pain is another element that influences the degree of pain felt. Even if two different persons undergo identical surgery, their pain threshold will differ since some people are better able to tolerate discomfort than others.
What To Eat After Getting Implants?
We advise consuming smoothies, yogurt, ice cream, pudding, applesauce, mashed potatoes, creamy soups and broth, and other similar soft/liquid meals immediately following surgery. You can next proceed to items that could take a little bit more chewing for the following week or so, such as macaroni and cheese, pancakes, rice, soft bread, cooked vegetables, eggs, and spaghetti. You might be able to start reintroducing tough and chewy foods to your diet after one to two weeks, such as meat and fibrous raw vegetables. However, how quickly you recover will determine this. For at least two weeks, you should refrain from chewing on the side of your mouth where the implant is.
How Long Will The Implants Last?
These dental prostheses can survive for more than 40 years with proper maintenance. Implant maintenance is not particularly challenging because a specialized cleaning routine is not required. To ensure that the dental implants last a lifetime, brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, and schedule biannual dental exams.
We hope this blog has provided you with enough information on dental implants. Visit our dental office for more details.