Martin Family Dentistry PA

After Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Image of a smiling patient with dental implantsPatients who have received dental implants are overwhelmingly happy with their results. Their new teeth give them the chance to once again eat the foods they love, laugh without worrying about gaps in their smile, and get rid of uncomfortable dentures. However, after dental implants and restorations are in place, proper oral hygiene and a few lifestyle adjustments are crucial to ensure your dental implants last a lifetime. Fortunately, taking care of your dental implants isn’t difficult.

Immediate Post-Procedure Care for Dental Implants

Immediately after your dental implant surgery, we provide specific post-operative instructions tailored to your situation. These instructions include details about aftercare, including pain management and dietary limitations while the surgical site heals. These instructions will contain information about:

  • Managing discomfort: Expect some discomfort and swelling after the procedure. Many patients can control pain with an over-the-counter medication, or we may prescribe pain medication if needed. We recommend applying ice packs to reduce swelling.
  • Oral hygiene: Good oral hygiene is crucial for preventing infection and promoting healing. For the first 24 hours, rinse the mouth with warm salt water. You can begin brushing on the second day following surgery. We will demonstrate how to brush and floss gently around the implant site to keep it clean.
  • Dietary restrictions: You will eat a soft diet for several days to allow the implant site to heal properly. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could irritate the area.
  • Avoid strenuous activities: In the immediate days following the procedure, vigorous exercise or activities that could disrupt the healing process are essential.

Taking Care of Your Dental Implants Long-Term

While dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution, they require ongoing care to ensure their longevity. Here are some long-term maintenance tips:

  • Regular dental visits: Schedule regular checkups with one of our dentists to monitor the health of your implants and surrounding tissues. They will assess the stability of the implants and address any concerns you may have.
  • Proper oral hygiene: Regularly brush and floss to keep your implants clean and free from plaque buildup. We can recommend special brushes or floss threaders to access hard-to-reach areas around the implants.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking impairs the healing process and increases the risk of implant failure. If you smoke, consider quitting to improve the long-term success of your dental implants.
  • Protecting against bruxism: If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth (bruxism), discuss potential solutions with us. Grinding can put excessive pressure on implants and lead to complications.

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Dietary Guidelines for Protecting Dental Implants

While dental implants are durable, certain dietary habits can impact their longevity. You can eat almost any food you enjoy, but some should be enjoyed in moderation to protect your new teeth and implants.

Avoid hard foods such as nuts and candy, which could damage delicate gum tissue or irritate the area. The same goes for crunching ice or chewing on pencils or pens. Biting down hard on unforgiving surfaces or using your new teeth to open packages can strain the implants.

Your dental implants and restorations cannot develop cavities, but gum disease is still a possibility. Limit sugary foods and drinks to minimize your risk of gum disease, which can lead to loosening and eventual failure of implants. Whenever possible, brush and floss after eating or drinking sugary snacks.

Drink lots of water to maintain saliva production. A dry mouth encourages bacterial growth and can contribute to gingivitis and gum disease. Saliva and water wash away food debris and unhealthy bacteria around the gumline.

Recognizing Signs of Complications and When to Contact Your Dentist

While complications after dental implant surgery are rare, being vigilant and recognizing potential signs of trouble is essential. Contact your dentist if you experience any of the following:

  • Persistent pain or swelling
  • Loose or shifting implants
  • Gum recession or bleeding gums
  • Pain when biting down or chewing

Contact our office immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms after your initial healing period. We will schedule an appointment to see you as quickly as possible to see if we can save the implants and alleviate infection.

Importance of Regular Dental Checkups for Implant Health

Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining the health and longevity of your dental implants. During these visits, we will monitor the stability of your implants and check for signs of complications such as bone loss or infection. Twice yearly professional cleaning helps remove plaque and tartar buildup around the implants. This reduces the risk of gum disease and implant failure. A checkup is also the ideal time to ask any questions you have.

Properly caring for your dental implants can help you enjoy their benefits for years to come. If you experience any issues or concerns, the dentists at Martin Family Dentistry PA are always available to help. You can contact us at Shawnee Dentist Office Phone Number 913-631-4373.

Transform Your Smile with Same Day Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are vital in dentistry, protecting and restoring damaged or weakened teeth. They are custom-made caps that cover the visible portion of a tooth, helping to strengthen it and improve its appearance. Dental crowns can effectively protect and strengthen a weakened tooth by covering the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. They can also enhance the alignment, color, and symmetry of teeth for a more aesthetically pleasing smile. At Martin Family Dentistry PA, same-day dental crowns eliminate the wait for a custom-made cr

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own while transforming your smile in one visit.

Benefits of Same-Day Dental Crowns

In the past, getting dental crowns required multiple dental appointments over several weeks. However, we offer same-day crowns using CEREC, an innovative approach to creating custom dental crowns in-house. There are several advantages to CEREC crowns, including:

Convenience

The most significant advantage for our patients is the time saved. You can complete your restoration in a single day rather than waiting weeks for an outside lab to make the crown. The CEREC system also eliminates the need to take messy impressions or place temporary crowns. You’ll have a permanent crown on the first day when you leave our office.

Precision Fit

CEREC uses advanced technology, including computer-aided design and manufacturing, to create dental crowns with a precise and accurate fit. CEREC crowns ensure optimal function and comfort.

Natural Appearance

Same-day crowns are made from high-quality materials that closely mimic the natural appearance of teeth, providing a seamless blend with your natural teeth. We color-match each crown to ensure that only you and your dentist know you’ve had a crown placed over a tooth.

How Same-Day Crowns Are Made

CEREC same-day dental crowns utilize cutting-edge technology to streamline the crown fabrication process. Our doctors use CEREC computer software and the CEREC milling machine to create flawless dental crowns.

Instead of traditional putty impressions, digital scans of the tooth are taken using a handheld intraoral scanner. This creates a highly accurate 3D model of the tooth, eliminating traditional impressions’ messy, uncomfortable feeling.

The digital impressions are used to create a virtual model of the crown using specialized CAD software. We customize the crown’s size, shape, and color to ensure it blends seamlessly with the patient’s natural teeth. Once the design is finalized, the data is sent to our in-house milling machine. The crown is then milled from a block of high-quality ceramic or composite material

After the crown is fabricated, we check it for fit and color match. Once approved, dental cement permanently bonds the crown to the tooth.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Getting a same-day dental crown is a painless and convenient procedure that takes just a few hours of your day to restore a damaged or decayed tooth. A typical same-day crown procedure will include the following steps:

  • Preparation: We prepare your tooth by removing any decayed or damaged tissue and shaping it to accommodate the crown.
  • Digital Scanning: A digital impression of the prepared tooth is taken using an intraoral scanner.
  • Designing: We design the crown digitally, ensuring it fits perfectly with your bite and surrounding teeth.
  • Milling: The crown is milled from a ceramic or composite block using CAM technology.
  • Placement: Once the crown is ready, it is bonded to your natural tooth using dental cement, and any final adjustments are made to ensure a comfortable fit.
  • You walk out of our office with a beautiful restoration!

Aftercare Tips for Maintaining Dental Crowns

It’s essential to follow these aftercare tips to ensure the longevity and durability of your same-day dental crown:

  • Brush and floss daily to prevent plaque buildup.
  • Avoid biting down on hard foods, which may crack the crown.
  • See us twice a year for a dental checkup.
  • If you grind or clench your teeth at night, wear a night guard to prevent excessive wear of the teeth and crown.
  • Don’t ignore any signs of damage to the crown. Call us immediately if you notice chips or cracks.

Same-day dental crowns offer a convenient and efficient solution for restoring damaged or decayed teeth. By utilizing advanced technology and streamlined procedures, you can enjoy the benefits of a permanent crown in just one visit to Martin Family Dentistry. With proper care and maintenance, same-day crowns can give you a beautiful, healthy smile in just one visit.