Dental surgery offers many people the chance to have the vivacious smile they have always wanted. If you have one or more missing teeth (caused by infection, injury, or decay), your dentist may advise you that dental implants are a viable choice for you. While the process around implants and implant abutment may seem elusive and overwhelming to some, we here at The Dental Lounge want to assure you that you are in good hands. We have compiled some more information on the procedure and what it actually entails for your peace of mind.
What Is A Dental Implant?
In order to understand abutments, we must first understand what dental implants are. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that your jaw bone fuses to provide a secure platform for an artificial tooth or prosthesis.
So What Is A Dental Abutment?
Abutments are quite simply the connector between the implant (root) and the prosthesis (tooth). These are typically made out of titanium, though other materials such as gold, zirconia, stainless steel, and more are also used. Your dentist will be able to advise in terms of material, procedure type, and whether or not an abutment is necessary.
Sometimes, healing abutments are advised in order to facilitate gum and tissue regeneration. These have a larger width to make space for the crown (artificial tooth or cap) but may not be applicable for your specific dental implant needs.
How Are Dental Abutments Placed?
Abutments are either placed during the initial surgery at the same time as the implant, or they are placed during the follow-up surgery. In order to place the implant abutment, the original implant is first exposed using a small incision. At this stage, the abutment will be secured either temporarily or as a final placement after impressions have been taken and the gums have healed. The healing time for abutments is generally 4 to 6 weeks.
Aftercare And When To Call Your Dentist
Make sure that you follow the instructions on appropriate foods and care during the healing process. Luckily, when it comes to the guidelines for taking care of your implants, it is quite similar to good oral hygiene and general dental care that is advised for natural teeth.
Brush twice a day, ensuring that you observe a good brushing technique. Make sure to combine that with cleaning in between your teeth with water flossers or interdental brushes at least once a day as well. Your dental professional will be able to advise you on suitable mouth rinses or other measures to ensure that your dental care is in top shape in between your checkups. Your implant will be evaluated at these checkups to ensure that it is healthy and free of any inflammation.
If you find that there is bleeding that will not stop, that you have a fever of over 100.4ºF ( 38ºC), that your abutment feels loose, or that you have facial pain (jaws, mouth, or sinuses) that cannot be relieved with prescribed medicine, call your dental surgeon immediately. The same advice goes for a bite that feels wrong or any chips/breaks in the final prosthesis.
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The Dental Lounge prides itself on offering not only superior service but a wide range of services to suit all your dental needs. To talk to us about your dental implants, feel free to contact us at (954) 686 5729 or request an appointment here.