What are dental implants?
Although the words dental implant are often used to refer to the entire structure of a tooth replacement, they are technically a threaded titanium screw that is implanted in your jawbone to substitute for a missing tooth root. If you’re considering dental implants, Boston Dentist Dr. Alan Sasson at the Boston Smile Center has years of experience.
Why should I consider dental implants?
Unlike other tooth replacement options such as a crown and bridge or denture, dental implants replace both the root and crown of a missing tooth or a series of missing teeth. As such, they are much more stable, providing a solid base for a lifelike dental crown or implant retained denture. In addition, because an implant fuses with surrounding gum and bone tissue, both of these are stimulated to grow new tissue cells, which helps to maintain the natural appearance of your smile and your face.
What is dental implant surgery like?
Usually, the surgery is performed under local anesthesia, just as when you have a cavity filled. The length of time needed for surgery depends on the number of implants, but an uncomplicated implant typically requires no more than an hour.
What can I eat after surgery?
Dr. Sasson recommends eating soft and nutritious foods for the first few days after surgery. Soups, yogurt, scrambled eggs, pasta and oatmeal are good choices. Be sure to stay well hydrated and if you are a smoker (and we hope you aren’t) stop. Smoking impedes the healing process.
How long is the healing process?
The time necessary for healing after implant surgery is typically three to six months. While you heal, the titanium post and surrounding bone tissue bond together in a process called osseointegration. When Dr. Sasson sees that you’ve healed, you’ll return to Boston Smile Center to have a custom crafted tooth replacement affixed to the implant.
How long can I expect my dental implants to last?
With proper care and hygiene, dental implants can last for decades. Be sure to brush and floss as you do your natural teeth, and schedule regular dental checkups with Dr. Sasson.
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If you have more questions about dental implants, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation to find out if you qualify to have implants, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Sasson at Boston Smile Center.