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What is it like living with dental implants?

Dental implants are a useful tooth replacement option but what is it like actually having one? Will you need to change anything? Our Toronto dentists share some information about living with dental implants and how to properly care for one.

Will I need to change anything when I have a dental implant?

When you have a dental implant procedure, your dentist will likely suggest only eating soft foods for the first day or so. Depending on your situation you may need to plan to continue this soft food diet for longer.

Good go-to staples include mashed potatoes, smoothies, applesauce, meal replacement drinks, smooth soups (not chunky), homemade broth and bouillon, juices and protein drinks. Citrus fruits are hard on the enamel of your teeth and should generally be avoided.

As with all procedures, as long as you follow your dentist's instructions then you should have a smooth recovery without any incidents.

Will my dental implants be just like a natural tooth?

You may enjoy many difficult-to-chew foods like corn on the cob, steak and more and you might be wondering if you are actually going to be able to eat your favourites with implants. Luckily, you can! 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. 

Are dental implants noticeable to those around me?

One of the main concerns that many patients have with dental implants is wondering if the implant will be noticeable to those near them. The good news is that you'll be able to smile, speak, chew and do everything you'd usually do with your natural teeth, and a casual observer shouldn't be able to tell that there is anything different with your teeth.

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 should I care for my dental implants?

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.

Would you like to learn more about what to expect with dental implants? Contact our Toronto dentists to request an assessment.

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