If your dentist has recommended a dental implant, you're probably curious about what it's like to live with one. Our Toronto dentists explain what to expect on a daily basis.
What will my daily life be like after dental implant placement?
For the first 24 hours or so after your dental implant procedure, your dentist will likely recommend that you eat a diet of soft foods. In some cases, you might need to stick to soft foods for up to 7 days after the operation, so keep lots of these foods on hand.
Mashed potatoes, smoothies, applesauce, meal replacement drinks, smooth soups (not chunky), homemade broth and bouillon, juices, and protein drinks are all good go-to staples. Citrus fruits can damage tooth enamel, so avoid them.
Follow your dentist's instructions and you'll increase your chances for a smooth recovery.
Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth
If you enjoy foods like spare ribs, steaks, corn on the cob, apples, tacos, nuts, and other delicacies, there's good news: with a dental implant, you'll be able to continue to do so – and speak and smile as naturally as you would with your natural teeth. That's because dental implants, like natural teeth, are designed to replace tooth roots and chew through tough-to-chew foods.
Implants are surgically placed below the gum line and fuse to the jawbone. Because the titanium is anchored to the jawbone, you won't have to worry about your dental implant falling out once the tissues in the affected area have healed. The tooth replacement (crown, bridge, or denture) will be affixed to the implant and will serve as the tooth's biting surface.
A Casual Observer Will Be Hard-Pressed to Tell You Have a Dental Implant
If you're thinking about getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, you might be concerned about people knowing it's an artificial tooth. You'll be able to smile, speak, chew, and do everything else you'd normally do with your natural teeth, and a casual observer will have a hard time noticing you have a dental implant.
The tooth replacement that will sit on top of the abutment will closely resemble your natural teeth and be matched to the shade of your existing teeth to create a uniform aesthetic.
How to Care for a Dental Implant
Of course, once your dental implant is in place, you'll still need to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. The plaque will not build up and cause gingivitis if you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should also visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Our team can offer advice on how to care for your dental implant and address any questions or concerns you may have.