Crooked, misaligned and broken teeth can cause anyone to feel embarrassed and hide their smile. Fortunately, there is a solution. Dental implants have been helping patients regain their smile for many years. The procedure may be performed while the patient is asleep and your implants can be fitted in a matter of hours.
To ensure your dental implants provide the appearance and function you need, make sure you care for them just like your normal teeth. Here is some more information about implants and implant aftercare.
Types of Implants
Dental implants are generally made from titanium and are perfectly safe for your mouth. Implants are available in different shapes and sizes and your dentist will consult with you about the best implants for your needs. They will outline the procedure and how to best look after the implant post-surgery. On average, your implant should last around 20 years if maintained properly.
The two most common implants are:
These implants are shaped like small screws or cylinders. They are fitted in the patient's jawbone and are the most common implant.
Subperiosteal implants are placed under the patient’s gum or above the jawbone. They are typically used on patients that have a shallow jawbone. This implant is common for patients whose jawbones are unable to be rebuilt through surgery.
Depending on the severity of the damage, the entire process can take between 3-9 months to complete. The entire procedure starts when the damaged tooth/teeth are removed. After that, the process begins:
- The jawbone is prepared for surgery. This procedure can sometimes require bone grafting.
- Once your jawbone is healed, your oral surgeon implants metal post in the jaw and gives you more time to heal (this may take several months)
- Following this, the new crown is fitted onto the metal post
The process may be time-consuming, but it gives you the opportunity to heal and lowers the risk of infection.
How to Look after a New Implant?
After surgery, start brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush. Brush at least twice a day and use a mild mouthwash. After a few months, you can transition to a medium-bristled toothbrush but you should otherwise maintain these habits for life.
Be sure to schedule regular check-ups every 6 months with your dentist. Avoid any sugary treats and drinks, particularly within the first month of the implant. Above all else, ensure you are practising good oral hygiene. If you have concerns about your implant, speak to your dentist.
The team at Dental Care Glebe are committed to helping patients restore their smile. If you are concerned about the health of your teeth or you need more information about the implant procedure or maintenance, talk to us today. We’ll consult you on the best implant solutions for your new smile.