Rebuild from the Bone Up
We can only imagine what our bodies would look like without bones. This scaffolding provides support, form, and protection to our organs and delicate tissue. The bone around your teeth, called alveolar bone, holds the teeth firmly in place. The particular height, shape, and density of this specialized bone can be compromised due to gum disease, tooth removal, and other forms of trauma.
If bone shrinks away from your teeth, it never grows back. In some cases, bone can be encouraged to fill in with grafting materials placed by Dr. Blake Adams. Every situation presents a different scenario, but more options than ever exist to promote bone repair in the jaw. For example, when a tooth needs removal, a large hole then exists in the bone. While it will eventually fill in, the site tends to shrink, drawing bone away from the area jeopardizing surrounding teeth. Grafting materials can be placed at the time of tooth removal to help preserve the existing bone level. Bone grafts are especially beneficial if you are considering an implant-supported restoration in the future.
Even areas that have already suffered bone collapse can often benefit from specialized grafting material, bolstering nearly any part of the jaw bone. It’s important to note: bone destroyed by gum disease often leaves significant defects around teeth. While some of these areas are grafting candidates, many of them experience irreversible bone loss.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is this procedure safe?
The technology for this procedure continues to advance and had made it extremely safe. This is considered not only safe but one of the most reliable ways to replace a tooth.
How long will the tooth replacement process take?
This process will likely happen with 2 phases. This will be spread out over a three to nine-month period. It could take longer if you start with an extraction that needs to heal. In some cases, you may even need bone grafts.
Is this tooth replacement method painful?
This option is actually relatively painless. During the process, the dentist will give you an anesthetic. This will make sure you don’t feel any pain. After it’s done you’ll be prescribed antibiotics and possibly some pain medication. You’ll most likely only deal with minimal discomfort.
What foods can you eat after the surgery?
After your surgery, for the next 2 days, you’ll need to eat soft foods and liquids only. Things like milkshakes, yogurt, smooth soups, and mashed potatoes. On your 3rd day of healing, you can then begin eating foods that require minimal chewing. For example, cooked noodles, macaroni and cheese, and soft sandwiches. During these days avoid crunch or tough foods like rice, pizza, and popcorn. Also, stay away from spicy foods and anything acidic. After about 7 days of your dental implant surgery, you can go back to your regular diet.