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Dental implants offer a permanent option for dealing with missing teeth. Because it involves surgery, it requires some preparations to ensure you are healthy and ready for the procedure.
At Southshore Dental, our goal is to help you be as successful as possible for any procedure you choose to have. If you and your dentist have decided that dental implants are the best choice for your missing teeth, there are several things you can do to prepare for your procedure and help ensure the best possible result.
- Prep Foods for Recovery
- Practice Good Oral Health
- Stop Smoking
- Finding the Best Dental Implants for Your Needs
- Maintain Good Physical Health
Prep Foods for Recovery
In the days following your procedure, you should give our mouth the proper time to heal by only eating soft foods. Most patients will premake meals and freeze them before going into surgery to have one less thing to worry about after their procedure. In addition to soft foods, like mashed potatoes, or soups, consider stocking up on some protein shakes or smoothies, so you can get the vitamins from fresh fruits and vegetables while recovering.
Practice Good Oral Health
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is critical while you wait for your dental implants. If you have problems with the gums or teeth near the implant site, your dentist may delay the surgery. Your gums need to be pink and free from inflammation in order to move forward. To ensure you're in good oral health, brush and floss regularly, and consider using an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to add another layer of protection to your teeth and gums.
The implant failure rate for smokers is much higher than nonsmokers, as much as twice as high, so now is a good time to start the quitting process. Smokers are at higher risk for bacterial infection if they continue to smoke after implant surgery. If you can avoid smoking for at least two weeks before implant placement, you will have far less risk of complications from anesthesia and the surgery itself. This will also help you avoid smoking for the eight weeks post-surgery, which gives the implant site sufficient time to heal.
Find the Best Implants for Your Needs
Finding the best implants for your needs with the help of a trusted dental team. They will tell you whether you need an endosteal and subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal implants involve small titanium screws placed directly in the jawbone. This is the most common type of dental implant. Subperiosteal implants work for patients who don’t have enough healthy jawbone for the screws. These sit on or above the jawbone instead of screwing directly into it. Working with a dental implant specialist will ensure you choose the right option so that you have the best chance of success from the surgery.
Maintain Good Physical Health
Because implants involve surgery, make sure you are in good physical health. Talk to your doctor about any conditions, such as high blood pressure, that might impact your surgery or cause reactions to anesthesia.
Good preparation is the key to a successful implant procedure. If you have questions about additional steps you can take, talk to your dental provider or the specialists at Southshore Dental. For more information about dental implants, our team of experienced dentists is ready to answer all of your questions.
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
One of the most effective techniques for saving decayed or injured teeth is the root canal treatment. Yet when many people hear they need it, they become nervous at the prospect.
Much of this stems from a common misunderstanding that undergoing a root canal is painful. It’s not — today’s anesthetics are quite effective in numbing pain during a procedure, and mild pain relievers like ibuprofen are usually sufficient to manage any discomfort afterwards.
In fact, a root canal treatment relieves pain caused by decay within a tooth. As decay progresses, it can enter the interior known as the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and blood vessels. It attacks these nerves causing pain and infection. If the infection progresses through passageways known as root canals that are in the roots of the tooth, the pain can intensify. More important, the tooth is in danger of loss as the root and connective tissues that hold the tooth in place are injured from the spreading infection.
During a root canal treatment, we access the pulp by drilling a small access hole, usually in the biting surface or in the rear of a front tooth. Once we enter the pulp chamber we remove all the contaminated tissue. Once thoroughly cleansed, we fill the empty chamber and canals with a special filling (usually gutta percha) to prevent future infection. The access hole is then sealed and at a subsequent visit we strongly recommend placing a permanent crown to provide further protection from damage to the tooth.
Root canal treatments are quite common. All general dentists have been trained in endodontic treatment and can perform most types of procedures. More difficult cases (like a complex root canal network that may be hard to access) may require the services of an endodontist, a specialist in root canals. Endodontists use advanced techniques and specialized microscopic equipment to treat complicated situations.
It’s actually good news if we recommend you undergo a root canal treatment — it means your tooth has a good chance of survival once it’s disinfected and the decay is removed. But don’t delay: the sooner we can treat your tooth, the better your chances of a healthy outcome.
If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Concerns about Root Canal Treatment.”
Welcome to the Blog of SouthShore Dental!
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Riverview, MI area, we're excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatment, practical dental health advice and updates from Dr. Mehul Patel and his staff.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health.
As always, feel free to contact us with any dental questions or concerns.
--The SouthShore Dental Team