At Sunrise Smile Design in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Rick Campbell provides an array of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry procedures to improve how your smile looks and functions. During an implant dentistry consultation, Dr. Campbell and his dedicated team will work with you to overcome the challenges that come with missing teeth and help restore your overall oral health with a personalized plan. After dental implants, patients are excited about how they feel, look, and function as replacements for their natural teeth. If you have irreparably damaged teeth that need to be extracted, dental implants offer excellent benefits. Read on to learn more from Sunrise Smile Design about healing from dental implants to be better prepared for the recovery process.
Are dental implants permanent?
Dr. Campbell and the Sunrise Smile Design team provide dental implants as a long-lasting solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. Single dental implants use a titanium post that acts as the root, anchoring a custom dental crown. If a total-arch tooth replacement is necessary for several missing teeth, an implant bridge can be utilized. Dental implants replace a missing tooth from root to crown – keeping a person's jawbone structure healthy. With regular brushing and flossing, and visits to the dentist, the implant post itself can last a lifetime. The crown, however, usually must be replaced every 10 – 15 years due to normal wear and tear. Beyond offering the closest replication to natural teeth, dental implants can:
- Be a long-lasting tooth restoration solution with proper oral hygiene
- Restore a person's chewing abilities and bite alignment
- Maintain a natural contour and shape to the face and jawbone
- Help prevent bone loss
- Integrate with the jawbone for strength and stability
How long does it take to heal after dental implants?
Dental implant surgery is a surgical procedure that does require Phoenix, AZ patients to go through a recovery period afterward. The healing process after dental implant surgery is a crucial part of ensuring that the titanium post or abutment bonds with the mouth correctly. During the first 24 – 48 hours, extra care will need to be given to your mouth. Your teeth and gums will most likely be tender and sore. It is important not to disturb or touch the area where the dental implant was placed. Pain medications can be prescribed and should be taken as advised by Dr. Campbell, along with ice packs or cold compresses to help with any swelling or pain. It would help if you also continue your oral hygiene routine as soon as possible so that your gums and teeth stay healthy while the jawbone heals. After the abutment is placed, your gums will take about two weeks before a dental crown, or partial bridge can be attached.
What to eat after dental implant surgery?
Healing after dental implants requires patients to be mindful of what they eat or drink to allow for a good recovery. It is imperative to avoid any foods that may physically disrupt the dental implant or abutment or cause any discomfort. However, skipping meals is not advised. Getting the proper nutrition your body needs is vital to maintaining your strength to feel better and heal faster. Keeping hydrated is key, along with avoiding smoking, alcohol, hot foods or liquids, and drinking any beverages with a straw. It is best to start with liquids or soft foods the first few days, then progress to more solid options as you feel better. Food items often recommended are:
- Pureed foods
- Ice cream
- Soups (at a mild temperature when consumed)
Missing teeth leave many women and men searching for an optimal replacement solution. If the loss of one or more teeth has affected your smile, lifestyle, and health, dental implants might be the solution you have been needing. Dr. Rick Campbell of Sunrise Smile Design in Phoenix, AZ is pleased to help patients overcome the challenges of missing teeth with personalized implant dentistry options. To learn more about this tooth replacement option or healing after dental implants, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Campbell today.