Dental implants are quickly becoming the best way to replace a missing tooth. We can use them in many different ways because they are versatile. Some people only have one missing tooth, which means they only need one dental implant with a separate crown. Some people don’t have any teeth left, so we use multiple implants to hold a complex dental prosthesis in place. There are almost too many options!
One of the best things about dental implants over other ways to replace teeth is that they allow you to chew the best and most naturally. This means that you can eat a lot more foods when you have dental implants than when you have other types of tooth replacements. Implants are very stable, and there are only a few things you should watch out for.
Care to Take Right After an Implant Surgery
The process of getting a dental implant starts with surgery. During this appointment, your dentist will put the implant into your jawbone to replace the root of the missing tooth. After the surgery to put in the implant, there is a very important phase of healing that must happen right away. During this time, the dental implant root form and the jawbone around it go through a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration makes a strong bond between the implant and the bone. This bond is what gives the implant its stability and lets it handle the force of chewing.
For osseointegration to work, you must not put any pressure or force on the implant at all. Since the implant is under the gums, this is pretty easy to do. But it is possible that pressure from chewing can sometimes reach this area. Because of this, you will only be able to chew on the side of your mouth that was not operated on.
Don’t chew on the area where a new dental implant has been put in.
Precautions after Implant Healing
Once osseointegration has happened, you may have to wait a while before you get your dental crown or other prostheses. This could be because the dental lab needs time to make the part or because you want to put off treatment. During this time, the implant stays firmly attached to the jawbone, and the gum tissue protects it.
During this phase, the only rule is to stay away from sharp edges that could cut or damage the gums around the implant. If the tooth or crown isn’t there, tortilla chips or hard crackers could get stuck in that area.
Precautions after Implant Crown is Placed
When your dentist puts on your implant crown, you can chew with full force again. You can start “using” the new crown right away, and you’ll be surprised at how much better it makes it for you to chew. Most dental implant crowns are held in place by a dental cement that sticks to the implant.
It only takes a short time for dental cement to fully set or harden. Because of this, we usually tell our patients that for the first one to two days, they shouldn’t eat gum, sticky candy, or anything else that could loosen the crown.
People with dental implants may find that food gets stuck “under” the crown of the implant. This is because implants tend to be thinner than the root trunk of a natural tooth. So, even though the part of the dental crown that you bite on is the same size as a natural tooth, it must get smaller where it meets the gums and the implant below. This could leave spaces between the crown and the gums where food and dental plaque can hide.
The good news is that this food stuck in your implant can’t give you a cavity. The bacteria that break down enamel can’t get through titanium. Gum disease can be caused by food buildup, so you must clean the area around your dental implant regularly and carefully. It may be suggested that you add certain tools to your oral hygiene routine to get rid of plaque or food from these places.
Over time, as you chew with your implant crown, you may notice that certain foods tend to get stuck between the implant and the tooth next to it. For some, it’s grilled chicken or other meats with a lot of fibers. Others notice that a grain of rice fits perfectly in the space under the crown. No matter what food causes the impaction, you need to be aware of it and either avoid that food or clean your implant quickly after eating it.
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