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Dental Implants in Long Beach

dr jeff pointing at xrayIf you’re missing teeth, no one else has to know. Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth that look exactly like natural teeth coming out of the gums. Stronger than bridges or dentures, they are designed to last, functioning just like real teeth. At our dental practice, we want to restore your smile with replacements that make you look and feel amazing.

Full Mouth Restorations

Whether you’ve lost your teeth due to injury, tooth decay, bone loss, or congenital conditions, we can restore what’s missing. Even if you’ve learned to cope with holes in your smile, missing teeth cause the bone to shrink back, making you look older. Filling vacant spots with replacement teeth preserves the bone and keeps it from receding.

Dental implants use titanium screws to serve as the roots of artificial teeth. Titanium has a long history of use in orthopedic surgeries, combining unbreakable strength with proven safety.

Pre- and Post-Surgery Instructions

No one comes in excited to get surgery. At our practice, we get it, and we’ll make your experience as easy as possible with personalized care and quality service. Before surgery, we’ll walk you through the whole procedure and address any concerns you may have so you know exactly what to expect.

Good aftercare is essential to speed up healing. When you come home, do not disturb the wound in any way. For the rest of the day, avoid spitting, rinsing, drinking with a straw, or touching the area around the wound. If you had surgery on the upper jaw, avoid sneezing or blowing your nose.

Some bleeding or pink-tinged saliva is normal for the first 24 hours. If your mouth fills up rapidly with blood, place a gauze pad directly on the wound and bite down for 30 minutes. If you continue to experience excessive bleeding, call our office.

Diet and Lifestyle Instructions

As you recover, drink plenty of fluids, but avoid hot liquids or foods. Stick with soft foods and liquids on the day of surgery. You may return to a normal diet as soon as it’s comfortable, unless directed otherwise.

Rest as much as possible immediately after surgery. If you experience throbbing pain or increased bleeding, discontinue your exercise or physical activity. As long as you are on a diet of liquids and soft foods, don’t expect to have the same energy levels as usual.

Take your prescribed antibiotics as directed to prevent infection. Do not use partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures immediately after surgery.

Careful Oral Hygiene

The night of surgery, be gentle with brushing and avoid vigorous rinsing so you do not upset the wound. The next day, use prescribed Peridex twice daily for 30 seconds. We recommend using Peridex after breakfast and right before bed, since you should not eat, drink, or rinse your mouth for 30 minutes afterwards. Using this rinse more than twice a day will stain your teeth.

You should also make warm salt rinses by mixing a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water. Use these twice a day.

Post-Operative Complications

Implant surgery is extremely safe, and our patients generally experience a smooth recovery. However, rare complications are possible. Let us know immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • The flow of air or nasal drips between your mouth and nose
  • Small particles of graft material being discharged from the nose
  • Increased sinus or nasal congestion
  • Increased swelling of the mouth, face, cheek, or lips

Schedule Today

With our carefully crafted dental implants, you’ll look and feel like you never lost a tooth. Contact us today to book your consultation with Dr. Velasquez.

Dental Implants Long Beach CA | (562) 424-9473