If your dentist has advised you to get a dental implant, you're probably wondering what it's like to live with one. Our Edmonton dentists explain what to expect daily.
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, which can cause tooth enamel damage, should be avoided.
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 like spare ribs, steaks, corn on the cob, apples, tacos, nuts, and other culinary delights, good news: you'll be able to continue to enjoy these things – and speak and smile as you would with your natural teeth – with a dental implant. This is because dental implants, like natural teeth, are designed to replace tooth roots and chew through difficult-to-chew foods.
Implants are placed beneath the gum line and fuse with the jawbone. Because the titanium is anchored to the jawbone, you won't have to worry about your dental implant falling out once your tissues in the affected area have healed. The tooth replacement (a crown, bridge, or denture) will be placed on top of the implant to serve as the tooth's biting surface.
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 be hard-pressed to notice 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 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 regularly 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.