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Implant Dentistry Columbus, OH
Are You Missing One or More Teeth and Want Them Back?
Ready to Smile and Chew with Confidence?
Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime but sometimes they don’t. Loss of natural teeth can dramatically alter your facial appearance, your ability to eat properly and affect your attitude towards life. Dental implants (substituting or replacing tooth roots) make it possible to provide replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Most adults feel extremely self-conscious about their smile if they have experienced tooth loss, and that alone is enough for most people to consider tooth replacement options. What you may not be aware of, is the impact that missing teeth can have on your health.
There are many reasons for lost teeth, including:
- Trauma to the face.
- Indication from a Dentist that a tooth has a cavity, which cannot be repaired and so should be removed.
- Medical condition causes the premature loss of a tooth.
- When the natural life of a tooth (or multiple teeth) has come to an end because of age.
When you lose a tooth, that small area on your jawbone no longer needs to provide support (the tooth, and most likely, the root structure of the tooth is no longer there). Because of this, your jawbone begins to lose its strength and firmness. This deterioration does not happen overnight, but it is a concern for anyone who has missing teeth.
For patients who have experienced jawbone deterioration, it is possible that a bone graft will correct the problem.
But, you can avoid that scenario altogether by considering options that will prevent the loss of jawbone. The best solution from a health and a function perspective is the placement of dental implants. A Dental Implant is a manufactured post designed to create a stable foundation for a natural looking replacement tooth. Implants can replace one missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. The implant (the post) actually serves as a substitute for the missing tooth root structure.
Dental implants are often a preferred solution to loose fitting or uncomfortable bridges or dentures. Dental bridges and partial dentures do not prevent bone loss. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that can protect your dental health by simulating your natural tooth and tooth root structure, permanently.
Restoring your mouth with an implant can be accomplished in two phases:
Phase I: Your mouth will be thoroughly numbed and the dental implant will be surgically placed under your gums. Over the next several months, the implant will become securely attached to your bone.
Phase II: Several months after phase one, when your bone has attached to the implant, your dental implant will be re-exposed and a small extension will be surgically placed to bring the implant above your gum line. This extension provides a fixed point on which to attach your replacement tooth.
Next, a series of appointments are made to make your new crown (replacement tooth). This typically includes making impressions of your mouth, then making precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully aligned and fitted. Then, the last step is the placement of your new crown on your implant in your mouth.
After Your Implant has Been Placed, and While You are Healing:
To control any minor bleeding after surgery, apply moderate pressure with gauze or a clean, damp tea bag wrapped in gauze. If you wear dentures or partials you may be advised not to wear them while the implant sites heal. Be sure to ask your Dentist about this.
If you Experience Discomfort:
Beginning 24 hours after surgery, rinse your mouth 3 times daily for 2 weeks with warm salt water (1 tsp. of salt per glass). Be sure to swish gently so you don't disturb the implant site(s).
To reduce discomfort or swelling for the days immediately following surgery, use ice packs. It's perfectly normal for your gums to be sore and swollen for several days.
Take medications only as directed, and antibiotics only as prescribed by your Doctor.
How Best To Chew and Eat:
Be sure to avoid chewing until the numbness from the anesthetic has completely worn off. If a temporary restoration (tooth) was placed, avoid chewing for at least a half-hour to allow the cement to set.
For the first several months after surgery, limit your food choices to soft foods such as soups, soft cooked eggs, yogurt and ground meat. Avoid hard, crusty foods or very hot/spicy foods until your gums are completely healed.
After your Final Restoration (tooth) has Been Placed on Your Implant:
How Best To Brush and Floss:
You can continue to brush and floss, only do so gently (but thoroughly). Your dentist may also recommend special floss, brushes or mouth rinses to keep the area free of bacteria.
Avoid Tobacco Products Altogether:
Ideally, you should stop using these products altogether, but continuing to use them with this procedure can cause your body to reject the implants.
When to Call Your Dentist:
- If your restoration begins to feel loose (we will tighten it).
- If you have persistent discomfort for more than a week.
- If you have any other questions or concerns.
For more information on Implant Dentistry in the Columbus, OH area call and Douglas Goff, D.D.S. (614) 451-1300!