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Dental implants are synthetic tooth roots that are designed to anchor replacement teeth. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. There are several things that you need to know about dental implant surgery.

Tips to Consider After Dental Implant Surgery

You should try to avoid touching the surgical area as much as possible. You can brush your teeth after surgery, but you will need to avoid coming in contact with the incision sites. Your dentist will tell you when you can brush the incision areas.

You can use warm salt water to keep your mouth clean. You will need to put anywhere from 1/4 tsp to 1 tsp of salt in eight ounces of water. Gently swish the salt water around your mouth for about five minutes. You can repeat this process two or three times per day.

If you choose to use a cold pack to reduce swelling, then you will need to apply the pack for 20 minutes at a time. Wait 20 minutes before using the ice pack again. You only need to do this for the first 24 hours.

Exercising after oral surgery can wait, it’s best to start back up when you’re fully healed, as well as getting the green light from your doctor. It is best for you to start off with low-impact exercise in order to minimize the risk of bleeding. Yoga, stretching exercises, walking and light strength training are examples of some of the exercises that you can do after your dental implant surgery. Exercise can help improve blood circulation. This can speed up the healing process.

Dental implant surgery can change your life for the better. However, there are several things that you will have to do in order to ensure that your surgery is a success.

For more information about dental implant aftercare, please contact Reedley Family Dental. We are here and ready to help.


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The main function of a bone graft is that, over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants or for properly fitting dentures.

A bone graft is a procedure that replaces missing bone with material from the patient’s own body or an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute. The graft not only replaces missing bone, but it can also preserve, and in some cases, reverse bone loss. Over time, this new growth then strengthens the area by forming a bridge between your existing bone and the grafted material.

Bone grafts and implants give patients the opportunity to replace missing teeth, to gain back their confidence and restore esthetic appearance and functionality.


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Dental implants are becoming more popular in today’s dental society for a number of reasons. Whenever a tooth is lost, the biting forces change and the teeth next to the space can shift. Also, opposing teeth may even be compromised by extruding into the open space, resulting in eventual tooth loss. Implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically placed in the jaw to serve as artificial roots. Attaching a replacement tooth to an implant allows us to avoid placing a bridge.

Benefits of Implants

An implant and crown are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth, and it fits so securely that you won’t even notice it when chewing or speaking. Dental implants will improve your smile, chewing function and contributes to the preservation of healthy teeth and bone. When maintained, they enhance facial structure and self-esteem. The overall benefit is eating better, feeling better and looking better.

Procedure

The tooth structure has two main sections, the root, and the crown. The root is the section of the tooth that is below the gum line. A dental implant replaces the root of the tooth and provides an anchor in the jawbone. The first step of the procedure is the placement of the implant, with local anesthetic. There is no significant discomfort with this appointment. This process will take 1-2 hours depending on the number of implants being placed. After placement, the implant will be covered up with the gum and left undisturbed for a period of up to 4-6 months. During this time, bone will integrate around the implant. A removable crown may be utilized during this time period to preserve the cosmetic appearance. The next step in the process is to attach an abutment to the tooth. This is achieved by exposing the top of the implant and placing the abutment. This is the part of the implant that will support the final crown.

Finally, an impression is taken of the implant, with the abutment, and the final restoration is crafted. The final appointment consists of attaching the crown portion to the implant to create a restoration that is extremely functional, comfortable and cosmetically pleasing. Your completed implant will be ready to use immediately, allowing you to resume normal activities.

Ask us if implants are the right choice for you, and get the support and stability you deserve. Call Reedley Family Dental, we’ve placed over 1000’s of implants!


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