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Dental Implant Post-Op: 7 Things To Do to Help Speed Up the Healing
As you prepare for a dental implant procedure, you may be concerned about the healing process. The following is a list of dental implant post-procedure recommendations that you can use to aid in your healing, ensuring that you will be in as little pain as possible and that you have a full, long-lasting recovery.


1. Adhere to a modified soft foods diet. During the first few weeks of recovery, hard, crunchy food can be irritating for the surgical site, which can result in increased swelling or pain. The best rule of thumb for determining what foods you should or should not eat is that if you cannot cut the food with a fork easily, you should avoid it.

2. Apply ice. For the first few days following the surgery, you can apply ice to the region of the face where the implant was placed to reduce swelling. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.

3. Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth a little more gently than normal during the first few weeks following surgery. Your mouth will be sensitive, but you should still practice good oral hygiene to decrease the risk of infection or gum inflammation. Make sure to use a high quality toothbrush that has a gentle action and shifts dental plaque effectively. If your dentist suggests waiting a certain amount of time before brushing, follow his/her advice.

4. Rinse out your mouth. Use an oral mouthwash or saltwater mix several times a day to rinse out your mouth. This process reduces the chance of infection, reduces bleeding, and speeds up the recovery process.

5. Refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol. While smoking right after the implant procedure is one of the worst things that you can do it for it, smoking before the implant procedure also plays a significant role in your outcome. Smoking decreases blood supply around the jawbone and gums, which results in slower healing. It also increases the risk of dry sockets.

6. Take your antibiotics. Most providers prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection following surgery. Take them as prescribed. Talk to your provider if you experience any severe side effects.

7. Keep your follow-up appointments. The follow-up sessions are critical for ensuring the implants have the right fit, which is key for long-term comfort and durability. Typically, these sessions are completed over a one to two month period. If you have any questions about home care, these sessions are a good time to get them answered.

The above are several factors that may contribute to slower dental implant post-op healing. In addition, certain medical conditions, like diabetes, may also affect healing time.

The first few weeks following surgery are the most important for a successful recovery. It is not unusual to experience mild discomfort or pain at the surgical site as well as minor bruising, swelling or bleeding. If the bruising or swelling does not improve or gets worse after a few days, get in touch with your provider.

If you have any questions about dental implant post-op recovery or any other aspect of the dental implant procedure, the professionals at Pacific Northwest Periodontics and Dental Implants can help. Contact us today to decide if dental implants are right for you and ensure you have peace of mind before you start the process.

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Dental Implant Education: Explaining Sinus Augmentation and Ridge Modification
Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after tooth loss can lead to a host of health issues including deterioration and loss of part of the jawbone. When it is not used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone can break down and diminish in firmness and strength. In severe cases, additional work may be required prior to the dental implant procedure to improve the quantity and/or quality of bone. The following details two of these procedures: sinus augmentation and ridge modification.

Sinus augmentation

Sinus augmentation or a sinus lift is one of the most common bone grafting procedures for patients with upper jaw or maxilla bone loss. The procedure is intended to grow bone on the base of the maxillary sinus above the alveolar ridge, which is the gum line’s bony ridge that keeps teeth positioned in the upper jaw. If a patient needs to replace maxillary arch teeth, sinus augmentation surgery may be the best option to ensure firm anchorage for the implants.

There are multiple methods for performing sinus augmentation. One of the most common techniques involves an oral surgeon making an incision in the gum and gently pulling back the gum tissue. The surgeon cuts an oval shaped opening in the buccal cortex, which is the side toward the cheek, to expose the sinus membrane. The doctor then lifts the membrane from the bony sinus floor to create space for bone graft material. The bone graft is intended to help the body grow bone and form a thicker sinus floor.

After the bone graft site has healed, the jawbone beneath the sinus may be prepped for a dental implant or other dental restoration. Typically, it needs four to six months to heal, although in some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time that the sinus is augmented.

Ridge modification

Lower or upper jaw deformities can leave you with inadequate bone for placing dental implants. These defects may be due to wearing dentures, developmental defects, periodontal disease, injury, or trauma. The deformities not only cause issues for placing an implant, but also form an unattractive jaw line indentation near the missing teeth that can be tough to clean and maintain.

To correct this problem, the surgeon lifts the ridge to expose the bony defect, which is then filled with bone or bone substitute to increase its presence. You may have multiple options for graft materials that can assist with regenerating lost tissue and bone. Your specialist will explain these options to you. Finally, the surgeon closes the incision so that it can heal properly. In some cases, the implant can be placed right after the ridge is modified. In other cases, the bone will need time to develop before the implant can be placed, which can take anywhere from four to 12 months.

Sinus augmentation and ridge modification offer functional and aesthetic advantages. They are both proven methods for improving your appearance and increasing your chances for a successful implant that lasts a lifetime.

If you are looking for more information explaining sinus augmentation or ridge modification, or if you have other questions about dental implants, talk to the professionals at Pacific Northwest Periodontics and Dental Implants. They will ensure you have all the information needed, so you don’t go into a dental procedure with any surprises.

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Advantages of a Single-Tooth Implant over a Bridge
Are you missing a tooth or multiple teeth? Has a dentist suggested a bridge or a single-tooth implant as a potential solution? Both options offer advantages and disadvantages, which can make it tough to determine which one is a better choice for your specific needs. To help you get started with this decision making process, let's discuss the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge.

Adjacent teeth are not prepared

One of the biggest advantages of a single-tooth implant is that the adjacent teeth are left in their current state and not used for the restoration, thus not putting them at risk of endodontic therapy or decay and improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also enable easier access between teeth for brushing and flossing, which improves oral hygiene.

Natural appearance

A provider works with you to replicate the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth so that the implant appears as natural as possible. As the implants are designed to fuse with the bone, they become permanent. No one will be able to tell the difference when you smile, including you. Having a beautiful smile, and a face with a natural shape, further heightens your self-esteem.

Improved functioning

Ill-fitting dentures can cause teeth to slip around in the mouth, which can make it easy to mumble or slur your words and can also make it difficult to eat. As dental implants function just like normal teeth, you can speak, laugh, and chew without worrying about your teeth slipping.

Improved comfort

Removable dentures often come with some level of discomfort. They also make many people feel uncomfortable in social situations, as you never know when they may come loose or fall out when you're speaking rapidly or laughing a little harder than normal. As dental implants become a permanent fixture in your mouth, you're ensured long lasting comfort.

Convenience

Dentures are removable, which means that you face the risk of having to remove them in the presence of other people, which can be awkward or embarrassing. Dental implants are permanent and eliminate the need to handle messy adhesives that are used to keep dentures in place.

Permanence

Traditional dental bridges are intended to last between five and seven years. With excellent care, they may last for more than a decade but will eventually need to be replaced. Dental implants are designed with permanence and durability in mind. When cared for properly, dental implants hold up beautifully for the rest of your life. You may need to get an occasional adjustment from your dentist but should never need a full replacement.

Options and flexibility

You should work closely with your provider to determine the right dental implant solution for your particular needs, including the type of restoration that is attached to the implants. Dental crowns, dentures, and bridges are the most frequently used attachments for dental implants.

If you have any questions about the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge or need more information about tooth replacement procedures, Pacific Northwest Periodontics and Dental Implants can help. We are happy to provide you all the information you will need to make an informed decision about your oral health.

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8 Ways Dental Implants Can Make a Big Impact on Your Life
Are you thinking about getting dental implants but are unsure if they're worth the time and money? Consider the following ways dental implants can make an impact on your life:

1. Convenience. While dentures are less expensive, they are removable. Dental implants save you the embarrassment of removing or adjusting dentures in public and eliminate the need to fuss with messy adhesives to keep them in place. Also, dental implants don't move, click, or shift the way that dentures can.

2. Durability. Traditional dental bridges are designed to last an average of five to seven years. With proper care, they may last over a decade, but inevitably will need to be replaced. In comparison, with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. They may need occasional adjustments but should never have to be replaced.

3. Easier eating. Removable dentures can make it difficult to chew normally, which can be distracting and uncomfortable. Because dental implants function just like regular teeth, they allow you to taste and enjoy foods without any discomfort or pain.

4. Improved oral health. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after you have lost teeth can lead to health problems, such as the deterioration or loss of part of your jawbone. When the jawbone is not being used to support natural teeth, it breaks down, losing its firmness and strength. Additionally, dental implants don't require tooth reduction the way other tooth replacement options, such as tooth-supported bridges, might. Leaving the majority of your teeth intact improves long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow for easy access in-between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

5. Improved appearance. With dental implants, you never have to feel self-conscious about your smile, or worry about your dentures becoming loose or falling out while you talk, laugh, or eat. Your provider will work with you to design teeth that match the size, shape and color of your natural teeth so that no one will be able to distinguish between your implants and regular teeth.

6. Improved speech. During the initial adjustment period to dentures, you may struggle with normal speech. As dental implants function just like natural teeth, your speech abilities are never compromised.

7. Improved comfort. Even the best fitting dentures are never going to be as comfortable as regular teeth. Dental implants ensure that your mouth is consistently comfortable.

8. Improved self-esteem. When you are missing teeth, your face may sag, appearing sunken or sad. With a beautiful smile, a natural face shape, and great oral health, you can feel better about yourself instantly.

It is important to keep in mind that while you cannot get a cavity in a replacement tooth or an implant-restored crown, dental implants still require good oral hygiene practices at home as well as regular check-ups with your dentist. Routine dental appointments ensure that you get the cleanings and care that you need for your gums and teeth to keep them as healthy as possible.

If you are ever unsure about the ways dental implants can make an impact on your life or if you have other questions about dental implants, please contact us at Pacific Northwest Periodontics and Dental Implants. We are happy to provide you with the information you need before you undergo a dental implant procedure.

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*What Exactly is A Dental Implant Procedure?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. After you have suffered tooth loss due to injury, gum disease, gingivitis, or tooth decay, - and are in need of replacement teeth - you can choose from bridges, dentures, or dental implants. Dental implants are the most expensive treatment option, but they also offer improved comfort, speech and appearance. As long as you take care of your implants, you are guaranteed to have beautiful, natural-looking teeth that last for the rest of your life.

What is the dental implant procedure? The first step for the procedure is to create a personalized treatment plan catered to your specific needs. Your dental team of specialists with extensive experience in oral surgery and restorative dentistry collaborates to prepare your plan.

A small post or tooth root implant is positioned in the missing tooth bone socket. Often it is possible to remove the tooth and immediately place the implant directly into the extraction socket. As the jawbone heals, it seals the implanted metal post, keeping it in place. This healing process can take anywhere from six to 12 weeks. During the healing period, you may have to wear a modified or temporary bridge or denture, which will allow you to maintain normal activities. In many cases it is possible to immediately place a temporary crown on the implant. You will have to adhere to a modified, soft diet for the first few weeks of healing.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, which is referred to as osseointegration, a small connecter post is attached to the original post to keep the new tooth in place. This small piece of metal extends up through the gum line. This step is not required for a single stage implant as the original post has already attached to the implant. If you need any modifications for your temporary bridge or denture to continue wearing it until you're ready for the replacement teeth, your provider will make them at this time.

Two to six weeks after the second phase, your provider makes teeth impressions and creates a bite model with all of the teeth to make the new tooth or teeth. They then match the color, size, and shape of the new teeth to your natural teeth so that no one will be able to tell them apart. As the implant is positioned securely within the jawbone, the new teeth look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.

A replacement tooth or crown is attached to the original post. Depending on the complexity of the procedure and the number of replacement teeth, the procedure can take anywhere between half an hour and three to four hours. Some patients may have attachments on the implant that support a removable denture, as opposed to one or more individual crowns.

Once the dental implant procedure is complete, you will need to follow up with your provider a few more times to ensure that the implant fit is right. It is important to keep these follow-up appointments as they are critical to the long-term success of your implant. Your provider will discuss at-home care and any subsequent visits that are required for keeping your implant, as well as the rest of your teeth, healthy. The follow-up sessions will be completed over a four to eight week period. The total treatment time is five to eight months. It may take longer if you need bone or gum procedures.

If you have any questions about the dental implant procedure, the professionals at Pacific Northwest Periodontics and Implant Dentistry can help. Contact us today to decide if dental implants are right for you and ensure you have peace of mind before you start the process.

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The Best Dental Implants: What Makes for a Successful Surgery?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a solid foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth.
They are made to match your natural teeth flawlessly. When this procedure is successful, it offers a wide range of advantages including improved oral health and function (i.e., eating), appearance, speech, comfort, and self-esteem. It is important to take the required steps to ensure a high success rate. The following includes just a few of the most important dental implant surgery success factors.

Select the right provider

While dental implants are becoming more popular every year, they are a complicated surgical procedure. You want to make sure that you work with a specialist who has extensive training and experience with dental implants and who has a high success rate. Don't be afraid to inquire about your provider’s credentials and prior experiences with the surgery. While implant complications are very rare when provided by highly trained specialists, it is important to ask who will be providing treatment for complications and who will be responsible for any additional expenses that are incurred.

Go into the surgery in good physical condition

Typically, if you are healthy enough for a regular dental tooth extraction or other oral surgery, you are a good candidate for dental implants. You should also have healthy gums and ample bone for keeping the implant in place. It is important to be honest about your commitment to oral health. Long-term success with dental implants relies on consistent oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. Providers evaluate people who have chronic disorders (i.e., heart disease), heavy smokers, and anyone who has undergone radiation in the neck/head region, on an individual basis, to determine whether or not they are solid dental implant candidates.

Refrain from smoking

Smoking in any capacity either preceding or following dental implant surgery is one of the worst things that you can do for the outcome of your implants. Smoking prior to oral surgery reduces blood supply around the gums and jawbone, which results in slower healing afterward. Smoking also heightens the risk of developing dry sockets after surgery. If you are interested in dental implants, you should consider cutting back or quitting smoking altogether.

Follow your provider’s instructions for recovery

After your surgery, your specialist will give you a number of tips for speeding up the recovery and keeping your new implant in top condition. During the first few weeks, rinse out your mouth with saltwater or oral mouthwash, apply ice, stick to a modified soft foods diet, and take your prescribed antibiotics. You may have to avoid flossing and brush more gently than normal while your mouth is still sensitive.

Keep the follow-up appointments

Your provider will schedule follow-up sessions over a four to eight week period following your surgery. These sessions ensure that your dental implant fit is correct, which is a critical aspect of lifetime durability and comfort. Your provider also uses these appointments to discuss home care to keep both your implant and the rest of your teeth healthy for many years to come. If you have any questions about how things are going with your new implants, these appointments are a good time to address them.

If you have any questions about dental implant surgery success factors or are curious about what else you can do to ensure a successful procedure, the professionals at Pacific Northwest Periodontics and Implant Dentistry can help. They will answer all your questions to make sure there are no surprises and you are fully prepared for the process before surgery.

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Dental Implants: The 8 Most Important Questions
Despite the fact that dental care has made huge advancements over the past century, many Americans still suffer tooth loss. Moreover, for years, people with missing teeth have had to get dentures or bridges. Today, dental implants are available. Before you undergo a dental implant procedure, make sure to get answers to the following questions.

1. Am I a good candidate for a dental implant? If you are healthy enough to undergo a regular tooth extraction or oral surgery, you will be considered for dental implants. You should have healthy gums and ample bone for keeping the implant in place. You must have a strong commitment to proper oral hygiene and routine maintenance.

2. What is the success rate for dental implants? Typically, the success rate for dental implants is anywhere between 85 and 98 percent. And, it is important to inquire about the surgeon's success rate. If you are a good candidate, and you take care of your implants properly, your success rate is likely to be higher.

3. What is involved in getting a dental implant? The first step in the implant process is creating an individualized treatment plan. In most cases, the tooth root implant, which is a small post, is placed into the missing tooth bone socket. As the jawbone heals, it seals the implanted post to keep it in place. Finally, a small connector post is attached to the first post to keep the new tooth in place. The provider takes impressions of your teeth and creates a model of your bite to make the new tooth or teeth. Finally, the dentist attaches a replacement tooth or crown to the connector post.

4. Is the dental implant procedure painful? Most people who undergo dental implant procedures report little or no discomfort. It is often less painful than having a tooth pulled. Routine local anesthesia is usually all that is needed during the procedure. If you're sore following the procedure, you can take over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol.

5. Do dental implants require any special care? Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. Brush twice a day and floss once a day at home, and schedule regular dental check-ups.

6. How long do dental implants last? Dental implants are intended to last a lifetime if cared for properly. It is a best practice to follow your specialist’s advice for dental check-ups and home hygiene, including caring for the gums.

7. How much do dental implants cost? Dental implants are more expensive than other tooth replacement options, but they also more closely simulate the appearance and function of natural teeth. Surgical fees will depend on how many teeth you need to have replaced and the treatment plan your specialist develops.

8. Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants? Most dental insurance plans do offer some coverage for dental implants. Depending on your insurance and the cause of your tooth loss, you may receive some medical plan coverage. Make sure to talk to your provider about your specific needs.

If you have dental implant questions, the professionals at Pacific Northwest Periodontics and Implant Dentistry can help. Contact us today to decide if dental implants are right for you and ensure you have peace of mind before you start the process. You don't want there to be any surprises.

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