After Implant Placement
At Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer dental implants as a treatment for replacing your missing teeth. Dental implants are a unique, revolutionary treatment that involves a surgical procedure. During this procedure, small titanium rods are implanted into your jawbone. Once the surgery is complete, you will require some time to heal.
Placing Temporary Teeth
After your implants are placed, you are provided with temporary teeth, which will help restore some of the functions of your mouth. Your temporary replacement is tailored based on your specific situation. We can provide you with temporary removable teeth, or a temporary bridge can be placed. In the event of a full arch replacement, a temporarily removable denture may be provided. Temporary transitional implants may also an option, and these temporary restorations are fixed.
What to Expect While Healing
There is a recovery period following the placement of your dental implants. As the bone heals around the implant, a natural healing process occurs known as osseointegration occurs. This is when the bone actually bonds to the implant, making the two into one. In the early stages of healing, pain and swelling are common. They can often be managed with over the counter pain medication or prescription pain medication, along with ice and heat. Rest is integral to giving your jaw time to heal. You should limit your activities, particularly early on. As you heal, you can gradually resume normal activities. Your diet will also need to be altered early in your recovery, and you will need to stick with soft foods. You can gradually resume your normal diet as you heal.
What are the Potential Complications?
You are provided with a specific set of aftercare instructions following your surgery. Following these instructions is important for ensuring a smooth recovery. We do everything we can to minimize your risk for complications. However, if you experience complications, it is important that you contact the office right away. Complications that can occur as a result of implant surgery include:
Getting Your Replacement Teeth
Healing from dental implant surgery can take several weeks to several months. During this time, your jawbone gradually fuses to the posts implanted into your jaw, stabilizing them so that they can provide the necessary support for your new teeth. The process of getting your new teeth begins once your implants are stable. Your temporary teeth are removed, and the abutments are placed on the posts. Impressions are then taken from your mouth. These impressions are sent to our dental lab, where they are used to design and create your brand-new crowns. As soon as they are ready, your new teeth are screwed into place on the posts. In some cases, your teeth can actually be placed shortly after the implantation of the titanium posts. Based on your specific situation, we will be able to determine the best course of action to meet your needs. In general, you can get your final teeth anywhere from 1 to 12 months after surgery.
Caring for Your New Teeth
Your dental implants should be cared for just like the rest of your natural teeth. This means that they should be brushed twice a day and flossed once a day. Even though your new crowns cannot develop decay and cavities, they can still collect plaque and bacteria that can lead to gum disease, which can then lead to implant failure. Along with your daily care routine, it is also important to maintain regular dental cleanings and exams, even if all of your teeth have been replaced.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants, which have a 95% success rate, are designed to last a long time. When they are successfully integrated into your jaw, they can last a lifetime. However, if the implants do not integrate properly, they can become loose and fail. These implants can often be replaced by removing the failed post.
Dental implants replace the functions of your missing teeth, give you back your beautiful smile, and restore your quality of life, and they are designed to last a lifetime. Call Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today for more information at (818) 999-0900.