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Modern dental implants are a great way to restore your lost teeth and your overall mouth functions. When you suffer from dental issues you can visit your South shore family dentistry in Michigan and restore your oral health with the best dental implants. The dental implants surgery is performed only by a certified and skilled dentist, who pragmatically performs the surgery to efficiently restore the missing teeth from the roots itself. Dental implants can also provide long-term value than other conventional teeth restoration options.

While dental implants are great replacement tooth roots, which provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth they can get damaged over time. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your dental implants are properly taken care of so that the replacement teeth remain strongly rooted and your mouth remains healthy and strong.

Here are some important things that you should and shouldn’t be doing so that your dental implants are the best preserved and maintained for a long time.

What you should do

  • Brush and floss daily. Make sure every corner of the implants is flossed properly. If you find it hard flossing around the implant, consider using a water flosser.
  • Increase your intake of calcium supplements or calcium-rich foods. This will help your bone around the implant to remain strong and protect your implants from premature failure.
  • If you have newly gone through dental implants, make sure that you follow the instructions provided by your cosmetic dentist while you are recovering from the surgery. You will have to follow a soft diet and avoid chewing hard foods.
  • Visit your dentist. Going for regular checkups is a great way to ensure that your implant is healthy. In case you want to switch to a new dentist, consider visiting South shore family dentistry in Michigan or Wyandotte. We will ensure your implants and overall oral health are well taken care of.

What you shouldn’t do

  • You shouldn’t be smoking or chewing tobacco. If you have recently gone through painless dental implants, we highly recommend that you refrain from these habits. Tobacco will only be slowing the healing process.
  • You shouldn’t be chewing hard items or grinding your teeth. If you have the habit of grinding your teeth at night, consider using a mouthguard.
  • You shouldn’t be using a toothpaste that contains abrasive ingredients, such as baking soda, designed to whiten the teeth.
  • With proper maintenance, your implants will last a long time. Make sure you follow these important points so that you have a healthy and strong set of teeth.

Our Family dentistry is available in Michigan and Wyandotte

If you want to know about the cost of dental implants in Michigan, feel free to contact us on (734) 675-0585 to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Wyandotte or Michigan, wherever you prefer. We will be happy to help.

Though we are all aware of the prominence of maintaining healthy teeth, many of us are still unaware of the fact that one or more missing teeth left unattended can significantly affect the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) greatly. If you have lost a tooth or teeth, we highly recommend that you see your best dentist as so as possible. IF you are located in Trenton, Michigan, reach our South shore dental office in Trenton, Michigan. We have one of the best implant dentists in Michigan to help you with your dental issues. 

How does lost tooth/teeth affect TMJ?

TMJ is what enables your jaw to operate and perform several functions- open and close the mouth, speak, eat, etc. One of the main reasons missing teeth can increase the risk of TMJ is the chances of misalignment of the jawbones.

When the bite alignment is effected due to loss of a tooth, the jaw will start to function in a misaligned way, causing the TMJ to swell and get disordered. As a result, you will begin to feel pain in the neck, jaw, or facial muscle. Other common symptoms of TMJ disorder symptoms include headache, ear pain, and popping or cracking sounds when opening the mouth.

How to resolve this issue? 

If you have lost a tooth or teeth and experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms, speak to our implant dentist in Michigan. We will help you resolve your TMJ issues through a single dental implants method or other dental methods that best suit your health and your requirements.

In the dental implant treatment, an implant will be placed in the jaw after which an artificial tooth will be inserted into the implant. Once it is done, the replacement tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth.

Since a dental implant can repair a compromised bite and help maintain the integrity of the facial and jaw structure, it can improve TMJ disorder and the problems that are associated with it.

The longer you choose to live with missing teeth, the more your jaw gets out of alignment. Replacing your missing teeth with an implant will restore proper alignment jaw and prevent you from experiencing TMJ disorder related symptoms.

The first step to receiving single or full set dental implants is to schedule an appointment you’re your implant dentist. Contact us to meet the best dentist in Trenton Michigan.

>> Read Part 1: What to Expect Before Dental Implant Surgery
>> Read Part 2: What to Expect During the Surgery

In the first two parts of this blog series, we covered what you can expect before and on the day of your surgery. From the final piece of the blog series, you will be able to gain a better understanding of what to expect post-surgery. The Southshore Dental staff will cover what you should do so your new smile can last a lifetime, including:

  • Choosing the right food to chew during the healing time
  • Why you should stop smoking
  • How much rest you’ll need
  • Ongoing maintenance 
     

Dental implants require the right preparation, not only for the surgery itself but also for your recovery. From choosing the right foods to focusing on your oral health care, here are the steps you should take to make sure you have a successful dental implant surgery.

Choosing the Right Food

For the first 24 hours after surgery, you need to only eat soft foods and avoid food and drinks that are extreme in temperatures - both hot and cold. Do not drink from a straw for the first week to ensure that the site heals properly. After this initial period, choose foods that you can easily cut with a fork. If it’s too hard to cut with a fork, it’s too hard for you to chew.

It may feel difficult to avoid some of your favorite foods during this time, but remember, you will soon have a permanent tooth that allows you to enjoy hard foods, free from pain or discomfort. The key to this is allowing the area to heal well post-surgery.

Stop Smoking

Smokers have a significantly higher risk of implant failure and we do not recommend dental implant surgery to those that cannot stop smoking. Smoking causes the tissue in your mouth to dry out and risks infection. Smoking can cause your healing time to be delayed or even cause your implant to fail.

Rest Appropriately

After dental implant surgery, you will want to wait to resume light activities until you feel like you can manage them. For at least three days, avoid strenuous activities. If you are taking pain medication, avoid driving and other activities that require your coordination and concentration, because the medication may hamper your ability to do these activities safely.

Carefully Research your Dental Implant Dentist

Continue practicing good oral hygiene to avoid infection and allow the site to heal. Normal tooth brushing can start after 24 hours of your surgery, however, you should be careful around the implant. Avoid using mouthwash or other rinses within the first two weeks after surgery. Instead, try a water flosser or rinse with salt water to promote proper healing.

Be sure to continue seeing your dentist for regular cleanings. Consistent follow-ups and cleanings may be the most important advice in this post. Your dentist needs to carefully monitor the healing site to avoid any issues early in the process.

If you’re unsure whether dental implants are right for you, our team of experienced dentists would be happy to evaluate you in a complimentary consultation and walk you through the entire process. At Southshore Dental, we care about your oral health and want what is best for you. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Southshore Dental at (734) 675-0585 to discuss dental implants with a downriver dental team that cares about helping you make the best possible decision.

By Southshore Dental
February 19, 2020
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: dental implants  

Would you like to learn more about dental implants from your Trenton, MI, dentist

When it comes to looth loss, Drs. Mehul C. Patel and Heba Abuhussein help patients regain their confidence and oral functionality. Southshore Dental dentists provide dental implants, a dental appliance that replaces missing teeth and has a 95% success rate compared to other dental appliances—read on to learn what this restorative treatment can do for you

What's the importance of dental implants?

Dental implants solve an array of issues, not just your smile:

  • They are permanently affixed, preventing them from slipping out of your mouth while you chew or speak.
  • They replace missing teeth, and prevent bone deterioration and sinkage.
  • They restore chewing and bite function, as well as speech.
  • They restore a person's confidence and can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.
  • They're used for other procedures and are biocompatible to avoid tissue rejection.

Dental implants are a great option but first, you must consult your Trenton dentist to make sure you're a good candidate. People with poor immune systems, low bone density, and poor oral hygiene are not ideal candidates. Fortunately, in these cases, our dentists can fix the issues with individual treatments.

The procedure is fairly simple. Your dentist numbs the surgical area and inserts the titanium post which needs 3-to-6 months to fuse to the rest of the bone. The surgical area is then reopened and a connector placed to anchor the post to a crown that matches the rest of your teeth. After this, you will be the proud owner of a permanent, beautiful smile.

Need dental care? Give us a call

Dental implants are not just a restorative procedure that can beautify your smile, but they are vital for providing your jawbone with the necessary strength. For more information on dental implants, call Southshore Dental in the Trenton, MI, at (734) 675-0585 today!

>> Read Part 1: What to Expect Before Dental Implant Surgery

In the second part of this dental implant blog series, we will cover what you can expect on the day of your surgery. After reading this blog post, you can head into your surgery with peace of mind, knowing what to expect. We will share what you need to know before you go in for the procedure, including:

  • Checking in for your dental implant surgery
  • Explanation of the procedure
  • How long the surgery will last
  • Choosing the best dentist for you

Checking In For Your Dental Implant Surgery

Arrive at the dental office early so you have time to get settled, ask any last-minute questions, and check-in for your procedure. At Southshore Dental, we can place you under anesthesia for your procedure right here in the office. This helps the procedure go more smoothly, but it does mean you can't drive after the procedure, so make sure you arrange to have a driver pick you up and drive yourself home.

What to Expect from the Procedure

At Southshore Dental, we perform the entire procedure under one roof. Throughout this process, it is our job to make you comfortable and eliminate any pain or discomfort.

To begin, an anesthesiologist will administer anesthetic. The dentist will make an incision into your gums to expose the jaw bone. A small hole is drilled in and a titanium screw, called the implant, will be inserted into the jaw bone. On top of the implant is a healing cap, which allows your gums to heal. The length of time the surgery takes varies depending on the complexity of the procedure. After the implant is in place, the dentist will close the incision.

Many patients are surprised to learn that they won’t walk out of their implant surgery with their new tooth in place. The implant process will take multiple office visits in order to be successful. Waiting before the placement of the crown gives the area a chance to fully heal, encourages the jawbone to grow into the dental implant, keeping the implant firmly in its place.

How Long Does It Take?

The answer to this question is two-fold. The procedure to place the abutment may take several hours, depending on how much work is needed. The total length of time varies based on the number of implants, whether or not the existing teeth need to be extracted, and any other underlying factors present.

After the surgery, plan three to six months of healing before returning for the final placement of the crown(s). During this time, your dentist will monitor your healing. Once the dentist confirms that your implant is well-rooted in place, your dentist will place the crown, and your permanent tooth replacement will be complete.

Carefully Research your Dental Implant Dentist

Dental implants require a high level of precision and the right amount of healing time. While it may be tempting to go to a dentist that does it all in one day, this sets you up for the potential failure of dental implants. To get the best possible result, carefully research your dentist and only work with a trustworthy dentist.

In our next blog post, we will cover the third part of this blog series, "Dental Implants: Recovery and Maintenance."

At Southshore Dental, we care about your oral health and want what is best for you. The best way to determine if dental implants are the right option for your smile is to talk to a dentist. Reach out to Southshore Dental for a free consultation at (734) 675-0585 to discuss dental implants with a downriver dental team that cares about helping you make the best possible decision.

 


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