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What is it like living with dental implants?

Has your dentist recommended you get a dental implant? You're probably wondering what it will be like living with one. Our dentists in Canmore explain some of what you can expect day-to-day.

What will my daily life be like the dental implant is placed?

The dentist will likely recommend that you dine on a diet of soft foods for the first 24 hours or so after your dental implant procedure. 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. 

Good staples past patients have found work well include meal replacement drinks, smooth (not chunky) soupts, juices, protein drinks, homemade broth and bouillon, applesauce, mashed potatoes and smoothies. Skip citrus fruits, which can damage your tooth enamel. 

Follow your dentist's instructions and you'll raise your chances for a smooth recovery.

Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth

If, like many people, you enjoy foods like spare ribs, steaks, corn on the cob, apples, tacos, nuts and other culinary delights, good news: with a dental implant, you'll be able to continue to enjoy these things – and speak and smile as you would with your natural teeth. That's because dental implants are designed to replace tooth roots and chew through these hard-to-chew foods, much like your natural teeth.  

Implants are placed below your gumline and fuse with your jawbone. So, once your tissues in the affected area have had time to heal, you won't need to worry about your dental implant falling out since the titanium is anchored to the jawbone. The tooth replacement (a crown, bridge or denture) will be placed atop the implant to act as the biting surface of the tooth. 

A Casual Observer Will Be Hard-Pressed to Tell You Have a Dental Implant

If you're considering a dental implant to replace missing teeth, you might be concerned about whether people will be able to tell you have an artificial tooth. You'll be able to smile, speak, chew and do everything you'd usually do with your natural teeth, and a casual observer will be hard-pressed to spot that 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 in order to create a uniform aesthetic. 

How to Care for a Dental Implant

Of course, an excellent oral hygiene routine will still be necessary once your dental implant has been placed. Brushing your teeth at least two times a day and flossing at least once per day will keep plaque from building up and causing gingivitis. You should also continue to see your dentist for regular 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.

Have more questions about living with dental implants? Contact our Canmore dentists to book an assessment appointment.

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