A dental implant is usually one of the best ways to deal with a missing tooth. However, you must note that this is a surgical procedure. It is thus important for you to have these few tips in mind that we at Vita Dental Houston have prepared for you.
- The dental implant is an outpatient procedure
That means you will walk in, walk out of the dentist’s room, and go home the same day. However, because of the drugs used to numb the pain, you may need to have someone drive you home. Alternatively, you should consider using a taxi service to get to your destination.
- A consultation is needed
A consultation with dentist is needed to ensure that you qualify for this procedure. Various aspects are examined to determine whether you qualify for the procedure. The dentist will make the final decision as to whether you are fit for the procedure.
- Do not irritate the implant
You will naturally feel the urge to poke around the implant with your fingers or tongue. However, that is a bad decision. Great care should be taken to ensure you avoid any contact with the implant. Give it time to settle to ensure that it does not shift out of position.
- Use a non-abrasive substance for dental hygiene
One of the best options to keep your mouth clean is salt water. Use some salt water to rinse out any plaque buildup. Avoid any toothbrush for a few weeks. It could irritate the implant and shift it out of position.
- Keep a close eye on your implant
Do not assume that any swelling or bleeding is normal. Besides that, if you notice the gums beginning to change color, it might be a sign of infection. You will need to contact your dentist immediately. He or she will advise you on the best solution before your entire jaw becomes infected.
- Bone grafting may be needed in some cases
This happens when the tooth removed has caused the jaw to become infected. The bone graft helps to create more bone mass where the metal implant is to be placed. In some people, a bone graft may not even be needed.
- A healing period is needed after the implant is put in place
In most cases, it takes about six months for the metal implant to become fully set in the jawbone. In some people with good bone mass, the next step can take place in a week or on the same day. However, this only applies to young people in the prime of their youth.
- An abutment is required
The abutment is the external part of the implant. It is usually implanted and left there for a few days. This will allow the surrounding tissue to heal. As a result, it reduces the chances of infection when it comes time to move to the final step of the procedure.
- Placing the final tooth
When tissue around the abutment heals, a final tooth is put in place. This tooth is finely crafted so that it matches your other teeth. Its shape and size must appear as natural as possible. The dentist might have to take molds of your teeth to ensure he creates a perfect copy of your tooth.
- You can opt for a removable tooth
Some people prefer an artificial tooth that can be removed daily. It usually has a synthetic gum, which is similar to the rest of your gums. The reason for this may be that it is quite easy to clean. Besides that, if it is damaged, getting a new tooth will not be complicated.
- Fixed teeth are an option
Sometimes, you can use fixed teeth to place on your implants. This is especially so when you have multiple teeth missing. The reason for this is that implants are quite stable. Just a few of them can support an entire arch of teeth.
- You should expect some pain at the site of the implant
The pain you experience should not last more than a few days. If it goes beyond three or four days, you will need to contact the dentist. However, you will be given pain medication to comfort you for those few days as it heals.
- Keep your mouth clean
One of the leading causes of implant failure is poor oral hygiene. The infection attacks the jaw and gum, which causes the implant to fall off. Always ensure that you floss after a meal. This will help to prevent plaque buildup around your new false tooth.
- Implants vary in size
The standard Dental Implants are about 5mm in size. However, they can be wider or small to accommodate the different jaw sizes. People with minimal bone mass will be restricted to using thin and short implants.
- Some implants have a rough surface
For instance, gritted or acid etched surfaces are not rare. This helps to increase the surface on which the bone mass can attach.