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Are your cheeks supposed to swell up when you get a tooth implant?

Are your cheeks supposed to swell up when you get a tooth implant?

Implant: Sometimes swelling is very normal. It depends on where the implant is placed. You should call your doctor and schedule an appointment for them to take a look to check that the tooth is healing properly and has no infection. Often times after an implant is placed an antibiotic is given to prevent infection. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I lost a tooth on my upper left side about a year an a half ago. I am now noticing sunken cheek on my left side. Will a dental implant fix my cheek?

I lost a tooth on my upper left side about a year an a half ago. I am now noticing sunken cheek on my left side. Will a dental implant fix my cheek?

Restoration: Replacing the missing tooth with an implant retained crown or other restoration may partially or completely restore the collapse caused by you missing tooth. However, your own dentist can examine you, discuss replacement options and what to expect. Make an appointment for a consultation. ...Read more

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Painful hard lump still in cheek above infected tooth after abscess drainage & root canal finished. How to get rid of this swelled area day 4 on meds?

Painful hard lump still in cheek above infected tooth after abscess drainage & root canal finished. How to get rid of this swelled area day 4 on meds?

Be patient: It may take some time (10-14 days or so) for the swelling to go down significantly. Try rinsing frequently with warm salt water and apply moist heat 3X a day. Take NSAIDs OTC for swelling and pain control. Good luck a ...Read more

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Is it painful to get a tooth implant? What can be taken for the pain?

Is it painful to get a tooth implant? What can be taken for the pain?

No and somewhat: You will be completely numb and not feel anything when the implant is placed and have some mild to moderate discomfort afterwards which is easily handled with some mild to moderate oral pain medication. Please discuss all your concerns with the dentist who will be treating you. ...Read more

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I was suppose to get a tooth implant but now they want to close my gap with braces. Is this ok?

I was suppose to get a tooth implant but now they want to close my gap with braces. Is this ok?

Sure: If they can fully close the space where you were to get an implant that may be a great solution and save you the money and pain of an implant. However, the fact that you are asking here indicates that the plan the orthodontist has for you was not particularly clear to you. Go back and discuss it with them so you understand and agree with the course of action. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a crown and a tooth implant?And which one should I get? Which one will last longer?Which one is better?My tooth is blue

What is the difference between a crown and a tooth implant?And which one should I get? Which one will last longer?Which one is better?My tooth is blue

Which is better?: The comprehensive consultation with your dental specialist is the first step in determining whether or not you are best suited for dental crowns vs. teeth implants. Each option has its advantages that need to be compared for an informed decision to be made. ...Read more

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Can i still get an implant for my missing tooth? I had a tooth (#6) extracted about a year ago, and was just wondering if it was too late to have an implant placed there in it's place? What other options do I have? And about how much will an implant cos

It : It is almost 'never' too late to replace a single tooth with an implant. One of the most important reasons you should consider replacing your missing tooth with an implant is the preservation of bone at the extraction site once the implant is in! it has been shown that bone around dental implants resorbs much slower than bone in extraction sites with no tooth or tooth replacement. While many factors play into the cost of dental implants, one implant (fixture/abutment/crown--no grafting) would cost around $3, 500-$5, 500. Grafting could cost anywhere from $1, 000 to $2, 000 per site. ...Read more

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How long will I have to wear healing cap on my tooth implant before I can get the final crown?

How long will I have to wear healing cap on my tooth implant before I can get the final crown?

It depends...: The surgeon who placed the dental implant determines when the implant can be "loaded" or when the crown can be placed. Second, the dentist who takes the impression for the crown must allow the laboratory to let him/her know when the crown will be ready; this may take up to three weeks following the impression in most all cases. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get a new dental implant? How long does the whole process of getting a new dental implant (after loss of tooth) takes?

How long does it take to get a new dental implant? How long does the whole process of getting a new dental implant (after loss of tooth) takes?

Variable: Many different possibilities. We often extract the tooth and place the implant at the same time. We will also place a temporary tooth on the implant during this procedure in many cases. Usually 12 - 16 weeks later we can make impressions for the final restoration. So, using this scenario, immediate placement and 4 months to restoration. Cannot always do this technique and it may be 6 - 9 months. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more