Do you suffer from tooth loss? Missing teeth need to be replaced immediately. Eating and chewing while missing teeth can ruin your bite and cause chronic pain. Missing teeth can lead to a mouth repositioning that frequently produces aging-looking facial alterations.
Dental implants are available on-site as an outpatient procedure from our dentists at Seablue Dental of Kent. Call the office to talk with our helpful team member or book a consultation online to make an appointment right now.
What is a tooth implant?
If a tooth has been pulled or is missing, a single tooth implant treatment may be performed. In order to replicate the tooth root, a titanium implant body is inserted into the jawbone. Before fitting for a crown, we give the jawbone enough time to recover over the implant base.
The implant’s base is then screwed with an abutment to make room for a crown to be placed on top. The abutment is finally covered with a custom-made crown to mimic a natural tooth.
What happens on the day of treatment?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early on the day of your appointment. Patients can now relax and let go of their pre-surgery anxiety thanks to this. During your stay, we’ll do everything we can to ensure your comfort.
We advise bringing a friend or family member with you on the day of your treatment. You might be given anesthetic and possibly other medications during the surgery, depending on the procedure itself. You should bring an adult with you to the appointment, have them stay throughout the procedure, and have them pick you up after you’re done to go home.
We’ll provide you all the specifics you need to make any necessary preparations for food, drink, medication, and other activities. On the day of your treatment, kindly abide by their directions. Additionally, we’ll provide you comprehensive post-operative instructions, including cleaning and care instructions, and, if required, we’ll write you a prescription for any drugs you’ll need to lessen post-operative discomfort and hasten your recovery.
To ensure that you keep a stunning, unaltered smile for many years to come, we’ll schedule follow-up appointments.
What happens after the treatment?
On the day of operation, refrain from touching, spitting, or washing the wound. The gingival (gum) tissue will have protruded metal healing abutment.
BLEEDING. For the first 24 hours, some blood or redness in the saliva is usual. Biting on a gauze pad that has been applied directly to the bleeding region for 30 minutes will stop excessive bleeding. Please contact the office for more information if bleeding persists.
SWELLING. Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes, and sides of the face is typical because it is part of the body’s natural healing process. In certain cases, swelling takes time to manifest. Swelling might not become visible for 12 to 24 hours. A few days after surgery, swelling might not be at its worst. After surgery, applying cold packs right away can help reduce swelling. On the sides of the face where surgery was conducted, two baggies with ice should be administered, or ice packs. All through the time you are awake, the ice packs should be kept on. Ice ceases to function favorably after 36 hours. Call the office if the swelling or jaw stiffness has lasted for many days.
DIET. Drink a lot of water. Avoid drinking or eating hot things. On the day before operation, only soft foods and liquids should be consumed. If not otherwise instructed, resume your regular diet as soon as you can.
PAIN MEDICATION. As soon as you see that the local anesthetic is wearing off, you should start taking pain medicine. Every 3 to 4 hours, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol can be given for moderate pain. In place of Tylenol, you can take ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). Ibuprofen is available over-the-counter in 200 mg tablets. As needed for pain, take 1-2 pills every 3–4 hours. The prescription medication must be taken exactly as instructed if the pain is severe. To help avoid infection, make sure to take the prescription medicines as prescribed. If you are allergic to any of the aforementioned medications or have been advised not to take them by Idaho Falls Dental Group, do not take them.
HOME HYGIENE CARE. Use the Peridex Oral Rinse as directed the night before surgery. The Peridex should be taken twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, the day following surgery. Spit it out after rinsing for at least 30 seconds. Additionally, warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water) have to be used at least four to five times day, particularly after meals. It’s no problem to brush your teeth and the healing abutments, although initially be delicate while brushing the surgical areas. To heal properly, one must practice good oral hygiene.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. Reduce physical activity as soon as possible after surgery. The surgical implant region may ache or bleed during physical activity.
How common are dental implants?
Dental implants are very common performed dental procedures. They can be done by a conventional dentist or a specialist like an oral surgeon or a periodontist.
How painful is a dental implant placement procedure?
Most patients with dental implants say they experience little or no pain. Just be sure to take all prescription medications as directed and closely adhere to your post-operative instructions.
Are you put to sleep for a dental implant placement?
Most of the time, local anesthetic can be used to easily insert a dental implant without the need for general anesthesia. Nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation are just a few of the sedative options available from dental professionals for your comfort. General anesthesia might be advised if your situation is more complicated. Which choice is best for you should be discussed with your dentist at Seablue Dental of Kent.
- Regains chewing abilities
- Aesthetic look is restored
- Prevents the jawbone from contracting as a result of bone loss
- Keeps the surrounding bone and gums healthy.
- Helps maintain the stability of neighboring teeth.
- Raises the standard of living
- Neighboring natural teeth are harmed when implants are inserted
- Surgery-related tissue damage, such as sinus perforation, may occur.
- A surgical injury (for example, fracture of surrounding jawbone)
- Inadequate performance, such as the perception that the teeth do not generally bite together
- Due to the abutment screw loosing, a tooth may feel loose or appear to be twisting in place.
- Implant body failure (looseness of the implant body) may be caused by
- a systemic infection, which may be more common in patients with uncontrolled diabetes,
- a local infection in the bone and gums supporting the implant body,
- a delayed healing response, which may be more common in patients who smoke, and/or a combination of these factors.
- Poor oral hygiene as a result of the difficulty in washing the gums around the implant
- periodontal disease untreated
- Before undergoing any magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or x-ray procedures, always tell your medical professionals and the imaging staff that you have dental implants. These images may be distorted or interfered with by dental implants.
Seablue Dental Office FAQ
Everyone’s needs are different, so have a chat to your dentist about how often you need to have your teeth checked by them based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. It’s recommended that children see their dentist at least once a year.
Regular checkups keep you updated with your oral health and help diagnose and timely treatment of any problems developing in your tooth or gums or oral tissues.
You dentist will conduct an exam and x-rays at your dental visits and educate you about your oral health.
Regular brushing and flossing after every meal should keep the food particles from depositing in crevices of your tooth and hence keeps the harmful bacteria causing the tooth decay in check.
If there is a medical emergency or life threatening condition, call 911 or go to nearest ER.
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