Dental Implants: Necessity, Procedure, Diet

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium post (screw) inserted into the jawbone below the gum line during surgery. This post will integrate with your jawbone to form a solid base for your dental repair. The root of your missing tooth is replaced by a dental implant post. It not only fuses with your bone like a root but also promotes and protects the structure of your bone. A restoration is affixed to the top of a dental implant post. Usually, one tooth is replaced with a single crown. But in addition to supporting a bridge to replace several lost teeth, dental implants can also hold dentures in place. Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper maintenance.

Why Do You Need Dental Implants?

Dental implants are required when you have lost teeth but are unable or unwilling to acquire dentures, bridges, or crowns. Dental implants play a significant part in the overall operation of your mouth in addition to their many aesthetic advantages. Dental implants maintain a sound bite, holding every tooth firmly in place while supporting a strong jawline and halting bone loss. Because the effects of removing or losing a tooth and doing nothing might worsen over time, it is crucial to replace a missing tooth. The jawbone may start to degenerate after a tooth extraction or failure if it is not replaced. This occurs because the pressure and stimulus of teeth grinding are what initially protect the jawbone.

What Are The Stages Of A Dental Implant Procedure?

  • The first step would occur in our dental office. Our dentist will sedate your mouth with an anesthetic during the initial stage. Once the medication takes effect, we will cut a hole in your gum to reveal the bone. Our dentists will also utilize a drill after the incision to make room in the bone for the implant screw. Following this, the implant is put in place, and depending on the size, your incision can get one or two stitches.
  • The implant and bone must then fuse over some time (osseointegration) for a solid attachment. You go through the second stage of the treatment when it recovers. Your dentist exposes the implant again on this visit through a different incision. After taking the impression required to fit the crown, your dentist will attach the abutment to the implant. The number of appointments needed to create the crowns varies depending on the dentist’s preferences and the specific scenario.
  • The last phase is when you get your new crowns. Before the final fit, you could undergo a trial procedure to let the dentist ensure everything fits perfectly.

When Can You Eat Normally After Getting Dental Implants?

After dental implant surgery, patients typically need about a week to resume their regular eating schedule. However, if you heal quickly, you can start eating specific solid (but not crunchy or firm) foods 24 to 48 hours following surgery.

We hope this blog helps you make better dental health decisions. Finding a caring dentist who genuinely listens is vital since dental surgery can cause anxiety in certain people. It’s crucial to make an introductory appointment and examination in advance to meet your dentist, establish connections, and discuss your dental goals. Get in touch with us for more information.

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