Thinking about getting a dental implant?
If you’ve never had one before, you’re probably wondering what it feels like. Actually, a dental implant is not too different from the rest of your natural teeth.
How’s it similar?
A dental implant is a metal screw that sits inside the bone of your jaw. This is kind of like the root of a tooth. The artificial root supports the crown of the new tooth, just like natural roots anchor the chewing part of real teeth.
What does a dental implant feel like?
You won’t really notice the actual implant in your jaw. Once it’s healed into the bone, it creates a stable seal with your body and becomes a part of you. The crown, or fake tooth, will be as smooth and strong as any other. It will feel like a regular tooth when you touch it with your tongue.
Using your dental implant will come quite naturally. You just eat the foods you love as you normally would.
Anything that’s bad for your implant is bad for your normal teeth, as well. So this rules out using your implant tooth to open packages or to chew ice. Other than that, corn-on-the-cob, whole, apples, burgers, steaks, you name it are all fair game.
Even caring for dental implants is just like cleaning a natural tooth! Regular brushing and flossing is all that you need to keep the area around your implant healthy. While it can’t get tooth decay (cavities,) the gums around it need to stay free of gingivitis to keep your implant secure.
Ask your dentist if implants are right for you!
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Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
You just had your new implant placed. Your dentist gave you some post-procedural care instructions, and you went on your way.
After a couple weeks of healing, however, you notice something utterly horrifying: your implant has come out.
What do you do with this little metal piece?
Implant or Abutment: The Difference
An implant is not a solid, continuous unit from crown to root.
First, the implant itself is inserted into the bone beneath your gums. On top of that goes the abutment. This part links the implant to the false tooth, or crown, which shows when you smile.
Your dentist then places a ‘healing abutment’ which keeps your gums from growing too far over your implant. When your implant is ready for the crown, your dentist will remove that placeholder for one that supports the false tooth.
While healing, it is possible for that healing abutment to pop right off, if you’re not careful. This tends to be the result of chewing with the implant before it’s ready.
What Can You Do?
If the full dental implant comes out, you will know it. It resembles a screw with threads all over it. The abutment part is a much smaller piece that has a ledge for holding the crown. It also has little or no threading.
For a loose abutment, contact your dentist to have it put back on. This isn’t a complete disaster, though. It just complicates the crown process a little more.
If you feel your entire implant has come out, however, you need to call your dentist right away. He or she will probably have you start an antibiotic course to prevent infection and schedule an emergency visit.
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5016 Briarwood Ave
Midland, TX 79707
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