If your dentist has recommended that your get dental implants, you're probably wondering what life will be like with one. Here, our Lethbridge dentists explain some of what you can expect from your life with a dental implant.
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.
Good staples to rely on during this time can include potatoes, applesauce, smoothies, meal replacement drinks, smooth soups, homemade broths, juices and protein drinks. Avoid citrus id you can since this can damage your tooth's enamel.
Follow your dentist's instructions and you'll increase your chances for a smooth recovery.
Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth
If you, like many others, enjoy foods like steaks, corn on the cob, apples, tacos, spare ribs, and nuts, we have good news for you. You can continue to enjoy these food with a dental implant! That's because dnetal implants are designed to replace the roots of teeth and chew through hard-to-bite foods just like a natural tooth.
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 are considering a dental implant to replace missing teeth, you may be concerned about whether or not people will be able to tell that you have an artificial tooth. Worry not, you will be able to go about your like speaking, smiling an chewing as you always have without much risk of a casual observer spotting 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
Excellent oral hygiene is still very necessary once your implant has been placed, Brushing your teeth at least twice each day and flossing once will help keep plaque from building up and causing health issues like gingivitis. You should continue to see your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings as well.
Our team can offer advice on how to care for your dental implant and address any questions or concerns you may have.