Did you know that dental implants can be traced to the Mayans in 600 A.D? But modern technology only dates back to the 1960s when a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Brånemark discovered a process called osseointegration, which is when bone tissue fuses with another material, like titanium. He has been nicknamed the “father of modern dental implantology.” He also revolutionized the fields of maxillofacial and orthopedic rehabilitation.
If you have a fractured or missing tooth, the first step is contacting our Monmouth County dental office. At Comprehensive Dentistry, we provide x-rays and in-depth examinations of the issues that will get your oral health back on track. If the area is bleeding, clean it out immediately, you can do this with water or a saline solution. If you have the tooth, keep it and preserve it in a saline solvent or cold milk before your dental visit. Our dentists are very skilled with tooth re-insertion if the tooth is salvageable. Do not wait to see what happens to your tooth first, prolonging the waiting period may worsen your condition, leading to infection which can afflict your surrounding teeth and internal health.
Restorations are common solutions to oral disease and tooth replacements. There are varied treatments and options when it comes to restorations that are unique to each patient. According to the Center for Disease Control, the major risks for tooth loss include tooth decay and gum disease that worsens over time with age due to lack of salivation, disease, and physical limitations. Tooth loss can result from advanced gum disease, infection, and trauma. While dental bridges are an affordable option for replacement, dental implants offer results that are both more natural-looking and long-lasting.
Now you can replace your ill fitting dentures with implant retained dentures.
Dental implants are small metal posts that function just like tooth roots. They are used to connect dental crowns, bridges, or dentures directly to your jawbone. First used in 1965, they have since become an important part of cosmetic and restorative dentistry because they can restore both aesthetics and health to your smile.
The dental implant process consists of an impression. The prosthetic created will have the exact size, shape, and color that will fit naturally into the mouth. A bone graft is used to create the foundation for the implant. Patients that had missing teeth for a while require a special bone graft that is usually taken from their own mouth bones. If there is a solid bone base the implant will commence with unique titanium screws fixated into the jaw that require at least 2 to 6 months to heal for the bone tissue to integrate with the implant. After the healing process is complete, a prosthetic is connected to the implant known as an abutment. Throughout the entire process, our staff will ensure the patient is comfortable and relaxed for an effective, and painless procedure.
Dental implant treatment typically requires several appointments:
However, because every smile is different, every process is different. Your treatment process will be entirely personalized based on your unique needs.
Dental implants can be combined with any restoration including crowns, bridges, and dentures look and feel more natural than traditional restorations.
The typical screw used for implants, which resembles a tooth root, is made from titanium. There are a few types of titanium dental implants that your dentist can choose from. Most are shaped like a screw, which gives them a greater surface area to increase osseointegration potential.
Before your procedure, you will be given anesthesia. Some people feel a bit unstable after anesthesia, so be careful standing up suddenly for the first few hours until it wears of. Otherwise, you may feel light-headed at times. Be sure to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
For pain management, it is recommended to take ibuprofen, such as Motrin and Advil, every 4-6 hours or as directed on the bottle or by your dentist. Your dentist may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug as well as antibiotics. Pain comes with infection, so you will need to take your antibiotic on a regular schedule to prevent that. If you cannot take ibuprofen then you can take Tylenol for pain.
Risks and complications from dental implants are rare, but they can occur. Most of the time they are easily treated. The risks include infection at the surgical site:
Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions for post-surgery care. The tips and plan you received are customized to optimize your health and recovery.
During the first 24 hours after your procedure, you will want to stick to a diet of liquids and soft foods. You may drink smoothies, milkshakes, or eat oatmeal, soup, and yogurt. You can incorporate soft foods, such as pasta and boiled potatoes and bananas, as your healing progresses.
It may be tempting to think that you can drink through a straw but you actually don’t want to do that. Using a straw will loosen or break the blood clots that must form in your mouth to help you heal. If you want to eat your favorite soup or drink your favorite milkshake, then either use a spoon or drink from the cup.
For long-term care of your dental implants, you need to listen to the instructions that were given to you by your dentist. It’s important in the days after your surgery to keep the area around the implant free of bacteria and plaque that can cause infection. Your dentist will suggest or prescribe a mouthwash that will prevent biofilm buildup that leads to infection, such as peri-implantitis, which is an inflammation of the soft and hard tissues around a dental implant.
Dental implants offer many benefits for patients with missing teeth. They can: