Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants can provide a permanent solution to a variety of chronic oral health issues. The implant is secured to the jaw’s natural bone tissue to provide support for other dental components like a bridge, dentures, crowns, and even facial prostheses. Dental implants are also used to provide an anchor for orthodontic work as well.
A dental implant is made up of the actual implant, which secures to the jawbone, an abutment (support) which will hold the artificial teeth, and then finally the crowns or the actual visible portion of the teeth. We place both single tooth implants and multiple tooth implants here at Advanced Dental Specialty Group.
Who Needs a Dental Implant?
Those patients with an overly worn, or badly decayed tooth, as well as those with a cracked or fractured tooth would greatly benefit from a crown placement. A crown can cover and protect a badly damaged tooth, holding together parts if it is cracked or fractured. It is also a viable treatment option to secure dental implants and bridges as well as loose teeth.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution. Instead of worrying about dentures slipping or not fitting properly, this solution is a far more appealing one. Dental implants take the place of decayed, broken, or cracked teeth and allow the patient’s mouth to remain healthy.
How to Place Dental Implants
We practice micro dentistry which is creating minimally invasive solutions to lessen the impact of necessary procedures on our patients. There are a variety of technologies utilized by dental implant and cosmetic specialist staff members when placing dental implants. During the initial exam, our staff uses intraoral cameras instead of mirrors to provide crystal clear imagery of the patient’s dental issues.
Our team of professionals will also use a soft tissue laser to clean the affected area by killing bacteria and promoting tissue regrowth. This laser treatment is used to prepare the affected area and remove excess tissue, reshape gums, and even whiten teeth. This procedure promotes faster healing once the implants are placed as well.
Being able to capture an image of the patient’s entire mouth using digital panoramic x-ray technology allows our team of professionals to view not only the teeth but the surrounding tissue including the upper and lower jaw. By utilizing computer assisted design and computer assisted manufacturing, also known as CAD/CAM, our team can create dental implants specifically to fit the patient’s mouth. This improves the comfort level, appearance, and overall satisfaction with the outcome.
Using a device known as a periotest, our staff is able to measure the bone integration of the dental implants to test the stability and healing stages the patient goes through. We also use platelet-rich plasma therapy in which our team injects the patient’s own platelets which improves recovery time.
After Implant Placement
Some of our most frequently asked questions (dental implant FAQ’s) we hear at Advanced Dental Specialty Group are about what to expect after placement of the dental implant. Here is an overview of what you can expect from the recovery process.
The Importance of Daily Oral Care
We strongly believe it’s essential for you to know your responsibilities once the procedure is complete. Just like natural teeth, your replacement teeth need your commitment to good personal oral care. This will include the recommended brushing and flossing twice a day, as well as regular professional cleanings. Maintaining these practices will help ensure that your implants will last for many years.
Immediate and Long-Term Aftercare for Dental Implants
Here are some common questions that patients have following the placement of dental implants.
Will there be bleeding?
There is typically minor bleeding following the implant procedure. We will recommend that you apply gentle pressure on the treated area(s) by biting down on a gauze pad for about 45 minutes to an hour following the process. Then, remove the pad, replace it with another pad, and bite down for another 30 minutes. If, in the rare case that the bleeding persists, bite down on a moistened tea bag for another 30 minutes. The tea will contain tannic acid to promote clotting.
Are there ways to encourage healing?
You can support healing by not disturbing the treatment site(s) with your fingers or tongue for at least 24 hours. This can cause unnecessary bleeding due to dislodging needed blood clots.
Should I limit activity?
We recommend that you restrict activities the day of the procedure as exertion can result in throbbing and unnecessary bleeding. Again, if bleeding persists, contact us immediately.
Will there be swelling?
There may be minor bruising and swelling after the implant procedure. This typically doesn’t become apparent until the day following surgery and usually peaks between two and three days later. You can minimize these symptoms by placing an ice pack wrapped in a towel on the area(s) of your face where we placed the implants for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes without the pack, and repeat.
Will I need pain relievers?
The majority of patients will feel no more than mild discomfort. However, we advise taking over-the-counter pain relievers before the anesthetic wears off and take them regularly at the maximum recommended dose for two days following surgery.
What can I eat and when?
We recommend only having cold drinks the day of your implant procedure. It is essential to remain hydrated and avoid alcohol, hot drinks, and spicy food. It’s also important not to eat until the local anesthesia has worn off. Eating meals will likely be challenging for the first few days, but try to eat soft, nourishing foods. This will promote healing and increase your energy. However, avoid foods like popcorn, seeded fruit, and other foods that can stick in the surgical site. In most cases, patients are able to return to a normal diet within seven to ten days.
At Advanced Dental Specialty Group we want you to have all of the information necessary to promote the healing and increase the lifespan of your dental implants. If you still have questions regarding dental implants or your aftercare, give us a call at 385 381-6464.