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Dental implants

Dental implants replace both the visible portion of the tooth and its root.

Dental Implants Side Effects

After surgery, expect swelling of the gums and your face, bruising of your skin, gums, and jaw, pain at the implant site, and, possibly, minor bleeding. If the implant is positioned poorly into the gum, the implant may be rejected. Improper drilling of the jawbone can cause nerve damage and severe pain.

Who shouldn't use it: Smokers often experience a higher rate of implant failure and are advised to quit before undergoing the surgery. (Another reason for smokers to quit!) Medical conditions like diabetes, cancer, and periodontal disease may also cause the jawbone to "reject" the implants because the bone does not heal around the titanium.

Drawbacks: Dental implants are a time consuming and pricey process.

Recovery Time For Dental Implants

If you're given general anesthesia for the implant surgery, arrange for a driver to get you from the office back to your house since you won't be able to get behind the wheel. Implants in the lower jaw take between three to four months to heal, while the upper jaw requires six to nine months.

After care for dental implants: Over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol and Motrin are enough to treat soreness after the surgery. Treat your prosthetic teeth as you'd treat your own. Brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly.

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