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.
Today, millions of people have dental implants. While archaeologists keep finding signs of primitive techniques to cure tooth decay and pain, modern patients enjoy more durable and comfortable dental solutions. Advancements in dental technology, research, and procedures have improved on Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s work. Today, dental implants are the preferred method of tooth replacement because of their durability and how well they function.
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.
Implants are a highly trusted solution because they can prevent changes to your bone structures and facial features, as well as make your smile look and feel healthy once again. With proper care, they can last a lifetime without needing replacement. Dr. Anthony Mancino provides implants at his office in Wall, NJ, as a reliable, long-term solution for missing teeth.
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.
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.
The titanium is durable and long-lasting, but how long your dental implants last can be affected by how long to take care of your implants. If you see your dentist every six months, floss and brush your teeth daily, and avoid biting down extremely hard items, they can last up to 25 years. You will not need to replace your dental implant unless:
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.
There are some foods that you should avoid immediately after your dental implant surgery in order to speed up the recovery process. The foods that you should avoid include:
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:
With over 25 years of experience and practice, specifically focusing on cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry, Dr. Anthony Mancino provides high-quality dental services in Monmouth County. Dr. Mancino has been involved with the treatment associated with implant procedures for years and has been practicing dentistry for over 25 years. He is constantly advancing his technique and technology to make the procedure more accessible, comfortable, and successful for patients. He believes that every patient should have access to a smile that they are proud to show off, so he offers patient financing through WellsFargo, LendingClub® and CareCredit® to help you finance treatment on a plan that works for you. So, give us a call today to schedule your dental implant consultation.