Tooth loss can be a result of an accident, extraction, or illness like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and periodontal disease. Individuals dealing with tooth loss find it quite embarrassing and tend to lose their confidence. Luckily, dental implants have been developed to provide a permanent solution to this problem.
If you have a dental implant surgery coming up, here’s everything you should know about it:
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a false tooth with a root. The root is surgically fused into the jaw and the artificial crown is screwed on. They are made of titanium and ceramic which fit easily in the mouth and jaw. The root is surgically fused with the jawbone to provide maximum support to the crown.
There are two main kinds of implants, endosteal implant and subperiosteal implant. The Endosteal implant is fused into the bone, while the subperiosteal implant is placed on the bone. Subperiosteal implants are for those patients who cannot wear dentures and have the required bone height for the procedure.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants
To be eligible for dental implants you must have healthy gums and bones. If you have a history of gum disease or there isn’t enough bone tissue within your jaw, the dental implant won’t be able to fuse well. Your dentist will assess you thoroughly before recommending dental implants.
Dietary changes are necessary, but only temporarily
Having dental implants fitted is a major procedure and it takes weeks to complete since the root has to fuse and heal. The anchors placed in the bone tend to cause swelling and discomfort. During this time, you’ll have to consume soft foods to prevent exerting any pressure on the teeth. Soups, yogurts, milkshakes, jello, etc. will help with the transition period of your dental implants.
You need to take care of them
Once the dental implant process is completed and has healed, you have to take care of them well. Dental implants are an expensive process and for the best results you must regularly brush them and floss. The use of mouthwash also gets rid of the remaining bacteria in the mouth. Book dental cleanings with your dentist on a biannual basis to maintain the appearance of the dental implants.
Begin the process of having dental implants fitted at our family dental clinic in Bethesda, MD. Our licensed dentists have years of experience working with patients of all ages. We perform a thorough assessment before beginning the process of dental implants. You no longer have to be embarrassed by your missing teeth. We also provide general dentistry and emergency dentistry services. Book an appointment today or call us at 301 654 1887.