A dental implant is a titanium “screw-like” post that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Following the surgical placement of the dental implant the dentist will likely recommend waiting four to six months so that the implant can properly heal and stabilize in the bone before putting the implant abutment and crown on. To summarize the dental implant goes below the gums and the abutment is the post that attaches to the implant and sticks above the gums to which the part that you chew with, the dental crown, is attached.
Often times when teeth are not replacement other teeth in the mouth will become loose, sore, and shift. These types of problems can lead to jaw pain, gum disease, chewing problems and many other dental issues. It is always a good idea to replace a missing tooth.
Computer Guided implant surgery has led to increased implant placement accuracy, decreased healing time, shorter procedure time, more predictable implant placement. Dr. Green offers dental implant surgery and has taken courses with the following notable leaders in dental implant education: Blue Sky Bio Academy, Dental Implant Seminars, Nobel Biocare, Zimmer Institute.
If you have dentures or know that you need dentures, but do not want them to become loose and fall out, we offer dental implant procedures to secure or “bolt on” your denture so that it does not come in or out. This type of procedure is the best dentistry has to offer to help patients that have lost their teeth feel like they have natural teeth again. Patients with non-moveable dentures secured with dental implants experience much more confidence smiling and are able to eat significantly better than denture patients without implant support.
If you answered yes to any of the above questions you are likely a candidate for a dental implant or dental implants to make your mouth whole again or stabilize your denture. Dental implants have become the gold standard amongst tooth replacement options. Over the years dental implants have become a very predictable and successful treatment modality for the replacement of missing teeth.
You will be asked to go to an imaging center for a Cone Beam CT dental Xray for thorough evaluation of the area where an implant is desired. In cases with patients that have many metal fillings and crowns in their mouth, we will send you with a special appliance to aid in the accuracy of the Xray.Eat as you normally would prior to surgery, don’t forget to eat a nutritious breakfastBe prepared to eat a soft diet with lots of liquids following surgeryDenture Patients: bring you denture to the appointment. DO NOT use denture adhesive leading up to surgery take all other prescription medications as prescribed, as you normally wouldOral Sedation please refer to separate instructions, you will need someone to drive you to and from the appointment and stay with you for several hours following the procedure.
Congratulations! You are the owner of a new dental implant. Implant surgery is 90% successful and in order to increase the chances of implant success, it is important that you carefully follow these post surgery instructions.
Day of surgery: Do not disturb area, avoid rinsing and spitting that day. A certain amount of bleeding is expected following surgery. Bleeding is controlled by applying pressure to the surgical area for 90 minutes, then you may eat or drink. If bleeding persists, a moist tea bag should be held firmly in the area of bleeding for 90 minutes.
Ice the surgical area (side of face) for first 4 hours; apply ice 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off
For pain relief: For the first 24 hours only, take two 200mg tabs of ibuprofen with two extra strength tylenol every 6 hours; after that, take 600mg ibuprofen every 6 hours (it may be helpful to eat 30 minutes prior to taking pain medication to prevent nausea).
Antibiotics: Take as prescribed until they are gone.Drink plenty of fluids (do not use a straw).
Diet: A proper diet is essential to healing. Soft foods are recommended. Stay away from sharp brittle foods (no popcorn, potato chips, etc.). Try to chew on the non-operated side of your mouth. Avoid citrus fruits, fruit juices, highly spiced foods and alcohol; these will cause pain.Do not smoke for AT LEAST the first 5 days following surgery.Rinsing: Starting the day after surgery, rinse with warm salt water every 2-3 hours. Begin the prescription anti-bacterial mouth rinse 5 days after surgery or after the wound is healed. Rinse 2-3 times per day for 60 seconds with the prescription mouth rinse, continue to also mix in rinsing with warm salt water. Avoid all other mouth rinses until doctor has informed you that the surgical site is fully healed.Avoiding toothpaste for 72 hours following surgery will help healing. Simply brush with warm water and DO NOT disturb the surgical site. Also remember to brush your tongue to keep bacteria growth down. DO NOT chew on any exposed portion of implant Bruising and swelling may occur. Swelling is usually proportional to the surgery involved and swelling is at its peak in the first 48-72 hours. To control swelling: Ice on and off for first 48 hours and apply warm compresses (warm wash rag) after that. If swelling appears abnormal inform our office immediately. If your jaw is sore, chewing sugar-free gum may help loosen the muscles. Make sure to keep jaw moving so that muscles don’t lock up.