If you are missing one or multiple teeth, dental implants are a permanent solution that will look and feel natural. Missing teeth can take a toll on your confidence as well as your overall health. The space left after a tooth falls out can lead to bone degeneration, and your remaining teeth may shift to fill in the gap. At Smileplicity Dentistry in Raleigh, our dental implants will replace your missing teeth to restore your smile and prevent further damage.Call Now: (919) 298-2308
Dr. Atari is highly skilled when it comes to dental implants, and she offers many different options to meet the needs of every patient. At Smileplicity Dentistry, she can replace one missing tooth with a single implant, or reconstruct an entire arch.
During your consultation in Raleigh, Dr. Atari will assess your dental health to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Since implants are surgically placed into your jaw bone, Dr. Atari will use x-rays and other methods to ensure that your gums and jaw are healthy enough to support an implant. If you are missing a tooth and wondering whether this permanent solution is right for you, call us today to schedule your consultation.
Once Dr. Atari determines that you are a good candidate for surgery, she will begin the implant process. Dr. Atari has extensive experience with the surgical placement of implants, as well as attaching restorations once your gums heal after surgery.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Atari will insert a small titanium rod into your jawbone. As the bone heals, it bonds with the titanium, creating a permanent anchor — or root — for your new tooth. Once your jaw and gums are completely healed, your custom-made crown will be permanently attached to finish the process. You’ll leave our office with a beautiful, new smile and restored confidence.
Mini dental implants are an option for patients looking to replace missing teeth without the invasive surgery required for regular implants. Mini implants are also an option for patients who lack the bone mass in their jaws to hold traditional restorations. Dr. Atari can usually place mini implants in only one visit to our Raleigh office using local anesthesia and without any sutures.
Bleeding - You’ve just had oral surgery, so minor bleeding can be expected to last for up to 48-72 hours. Immediately after your implant procedure, you will likely experience the most bleeding and will need to bite down on the gauze that is given to you for about 30 minutes.
Do not disturb the gauze at this point and don’t check to see if you are still bleeding. After 30 minutes, you can remove the gauze and replace it with fresh, dampened gauze if necessary. Persistent bleeding may benefit from biting down on a wet caffeinated tea bag instead. This encourages blood clotting to help stop bleeding.
Continue to change your gauze or tea bags before they become soaked with blood. Excessive bleeding that doesn’t stop is a red flag and you should contact us right away. You should take it easy and avoid strenuous activity, which can cause excessive bleeding.
Swelling - The swelling will peak 2-3 days after your surgery. In the first 24 hours, you may not notice any swelling, but it will become apparent the day after. To alleviate swelling, keep your head elevated and apply a cold pack to the area (don’t apply ice directly to the face, wrap it in a towel) for about 20 minutes on and off.
It’s important to apply ice packs in the first 24 hours to minimize swelling because, after this period, it will have a negligible effect.
Pain - Pain should not be severe but you may experience discomfort, tenderness, or soreness at the site of the implant. Take prescription or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication to relieve pain once the anesthetic has worn off. Severe pain or pain that gets worse is not normal and you should contact us right away.
Because implants are made of biocompatible and durable titanium materials, they will last for at least 25 years and may indeed last for the rest of your life. However, dental implants are made of 3 components and some parts need to be replaced sooner than others.
The titanium post and abutment are a long-term restoration that can last for the rest of your life, while the dental crown that is attached to it may need to be replaced every 5-15 years. How soon you need to replace your crown depends on your oral hygiene and lifestyle.
Attending regular dental appointments is important so your Raleigh dentist can keep an eye on the degradation of your crown and let you know if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Diet - While you heal, only eat a diet of soft foods, like apple sauce, mashed potatoes, or soup. Wait until the anesthetic has worn off before you eat or consume hot liquids. In the first week, avoid hard, chewy, or sticky foods. Avoid hot liquids, alcohol, and spicy foods for the first 24 hours.
Chew on the other side of your mouth. After the first week, you can begin incorporating more chewy foods into your diet.
Oral Hygiene - After the first 24 hours, you can swish around a saltwater solution in your mouth a few times a day. You can resume brushing and flossing like normal after the first 24 hours, but you must be careful to avoid the implant site.
Things to Avoid - Don’t smoke for at least 3 days after implant surgery, but ideally until you are completely healed. For the first 24 hours, do not spit, rinse your mouth, or suck from a straw. Do not exercise.
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