If you’ve lost a tooth, you’re likely considering dental implants as a tooth replacement option. They have a realistic appearance and prevent bone resorption in the jaw, which can occur when there is no tooth root to stimulate the jawbone.
Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option. The American Dental Association estimates 5 million dental implants are placed by dentists in the United States each year.
Dental implants are made of titanium or zirconia, with a strong track record of acceptance in the human body. The post, which replaces the tooth root, is firmly implanted in the jawline, and a dental crown is attached after the implant heals.
After the Procedure
Following dental implant surgery, it’s normal to experience mild discomfort at the implant site for a few days. You’ll need to adjust your diet and physical exercise for a couple of weeks while the surgical site heals to avoid dislodging the blood clot. In the days following implant procedures, most patients report:
- Bruising of skin and gums
- Minor bleeding
- Pain at the implant site
- Swelling of the gums and face
Your dentist will most likely use a local anesthetic for dental implant surgery. However, you may be put under general anesthesia in some cases if you are having multiple implants placed or if you suffer from dental anxiety. If you are given a general anesthetic, you can experience grogginess and disorientation after the procedure and will need someone to drive you home.
Your dentist may prescribe you pain medication and antibiotics and advise you to eat soft foods for a few days while your gum heals. If your dentist used stitches that dissolve on their own, you won’t need to return to the office to have them removed.
Risks of Dental Implant Surgery
Like any surgery, there are risks with having a dental implant placed in your mouth. After your surgery, be on the lookout for:
- Infection at the implant site
- Damage to the adjacent teeth and the blood vessels in the gums
- Nerve damage, leading to tingling in your gums, chin, lips, or nearby teeth
- Sinus issues if the implant is in the upper jaw
Generally, the risks are minor and outweighed by the convenience and durability of the dental implant.
Taking Care of Your Implant
Dental implants are often more durable and sturdier than other tooth replacement options, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require care.
Excellent oral hygiene is essential to protect your implant, with a regular brushing and flossing routine and semi-annual dental cleanings and exams. If you have any habits that can lead to tooth damage, like smoking or grinding your teeth, you should seek treatment to stop those habits and protect your implant and the surrounding teeth from damage.
TruBlu Dentistry Can Bring Back Your Smile
If you are missing teeth and are tired of hiding your gap-toothed smile, contact TruBlu Dentistry to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists. They will conduct a thorough examination to assess your oral health and walk you through the best options for restoring your smile.