If your dentist has recommended you get a dental implant, you're likely wondering what it will be like living with one. Our Edmonton dentists explain some of what you can expect day-to-day.
What will my daily life be like after dental implant placement?
For the first 24 hours or so after your dental implant procedure, your dentist will likely recommend that you eat a diet of soft foods. In some cases, you might need to stick to soft foods for up to 7 days after the operation, so keep lots of these foods on hand.
Mashed potatoes, smoothies, applesauce, meal replacement drinks, smooth soups (not chunky), homemade broth and bouillon, juices, and protein drinks are all good go-to's. Citrus fruits should be avoided because they can damage tooth enamel.
Follow your dentist's instructions and you'll increase your chances for a smooth recovery.
Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth
If, like many people, you enjoy foods such as spare ribs, steaks, corn on the cob, apples, tacos, nuts, and other culinary delights, the good news is that with a dental implant, you'll be able to continue to enjoy these things while also speaking and smiling normally. This is because dental implants, like natural teeth, are designed to replace tooth roots and chew through difficult-to-chew foods.
Implants are placed below your gumline and fuse with your jawbone. So, once your tissues in the affected area have had time to heal, you won't need to worry about your dental implant falling out since the titanium is anchored to the jawbone. The tooth replacement (a crown, bridge or denture) will be placed atop the implant to act as the biting surface of the tooth.
A Casual Observer Will Be Hard-Pressed to Tell You Have a Dental Implant
If you're thinking about getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, you might be concerned about whether people will notice. You'll be able to smile, speak, chew, and do everything else you'd normally do with your natural teeth, and a casual observer will have a difficult time noticing that you have a dental implant.
The tooth replacement that will sit on top of the abutment will closely resemble your natural teeth and be matched to the shade of your existing teeth in order to create a uniform aesthetic.
How to Care for a Dental Implant
Of course, after your dental implant has been placed, you will still need to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day will help prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis. You should also visit your dentist on a regular basis for checkups and cleanings.
Our team can offer advice on how to care for your dental implant and address any questions or concerns you may have.