A dental implant is a titanium root that is screwed into the bone to replace the root or roots of a missing tooth or teeth.As it is only a false root, and not a whole tooth, it is necessary to cover this implant with a crown (prosthesis that can be made in different alloys, as is the case for conventional prostheses on natural teeth).The installation of the dental implant therefore involves a surgical phase, which is usually very light and operated under local anesthesia.This technique therefore makes it possible to replace missing teeth, without resorting to removable prosthesis designs, or to bridges whose longevity is limited and which often require devitalizing and mutilating healthy teeth.
The placement of a dental implant requires incising the gum and digging a small hole in the underlying bone. The healing time will then take about 2 to 6 months. During this period, you should follow the bellow recommendations.
1. Oral hygiene is essential: Regular brushing of painless areas, as well as the use of a postoperative brush specifically for the operated area, and regular mouthwashes starting the day after surgery.
2. Respect the treatment prescribed by your surgeon: analgesics (for pain) and antibiotics (for bacterial infections).
3. It is normal to feel discomfort after the procedure. However, the pain must be controlled. You must start taking analgesics before the end of the anesthesia to pre-empt the feeling of pain.
4. Bleeding continues for a few hours or even days after the operation: apply a compress and squeeze the bleeding for 30 minutes. Avoid spitting during the first days to avoid bleeding.
5. Edema and hematoma are likely to appear, then disappear within a few days after the operation. You can prevent them by applying an ice pack for several hours immediately after the procedure.
6. If you have trouble chewing, choose a liquid diet that is cold or warm.
7. Do not smoke during the days following the procedure because smoking delays healing.
8. Finally, no sports for several days.
Have healthy gums and are old enough so that their jawbone has stopped growing. You should also have enough bone to support and anchor the implants. Even if you have lost bone in your jaw, however, you may still be a good candidate for implants.
Dental Implant FAQ
How long does a dental implant last ?
What is the alternative to dental implants?
Dental implants are one solution to replace missing teeth. Alternatives include partial dentures, a bridge, and other options your dentist may be able to provide. A partial denture is a removable appliance that is typically used to replace a few missing teeth.
Can I eat normally after dental implants?
You may resume normal diet after the first week. Avoid crunchy, hard foods like popcorn, nuts and chips for one week following surgery. Smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages should be avoided.