October 20, 2023

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When was the last time you felt confident enough to smile at a stranger or laugh at someone's joke? Has it been awhile? If so, you are not alone. We help people just like you gain their confidence back and give a solution that will protect their smile for the rest of their lives.

If you're struggling with missing teeth or significant dental problems, we want you to know that you're not alone. You might feel overwhelmed or uncertain about the solution, and that's perfectly okay. At Nuvia Dental Implant Center, we're committed to helping you navigate your journey towards a healthier, brighter smile with compassion, understanding, and professional expertise by offering you dental implants.

The Evolution of Dental Restoration: Understanding Dental Implants

The discovery of dental implants marked a significant breakthrough in the field of dentistry, primarily because it out performed most traditional treatment methods. For hundreds, if not thousands, of years, one of the primary solutions to tooth loss was dentures. Dating back to ancient civilizations, early dentures were made from various materials, including wood, ivory, and even real human teeth. With advancements in technology, denture construction improved, but the inherent challenges associated with them remained.

While dentures replace the visible part of the tooth, they do not replace the root that anchors the tooth to the jaw. Consequently, they rest on the gums and can often be unstable and uncomfortable. This instability can lead to slipping or clicking sounds when talking, laughing, or eating, causing potential embarrassment for the wearer. Moreover, dentures need to be removed and cleaned daily, and over time, they may require relining or replacement as the shape of the mouth changes.

Diet is another area where dentures pose significant restrictions

Individuals with dentures often need to avoid certain foods, like apples or corn on the cob, as biting into these can move the dentures. Sticky or hard foods can also be challenging to eat. This dietary limitation can affect not only the enjoyment of food but also nutritional intake.

Despite the role dentures have played in dental restoration, they often fall short in providing an optimal solution for tooth loss. The discomfort and dietary restrictions associated with dentures can significantly impact an individual's quality of life. The discovery of dental implants offers a secure, comfortable, and functional alternative to traditional dentures, addressing these longstanding issues and transforming restorative dentistry forever.

Dental Implants: A Revolutionary Advancement

In the midst of these challenges, dental implants emerged as a game-changing solution. Born in the 20th century and refined over decades, they have now become a standard of care for tooth replacement.

Dental implants serve as new roots, providing a stable base for replacement teeth. Made from titanium, these posts are surgically placed into the jawbone. Following implantation, a process called osseointegration occurs, in which the bone grows around the implant, securing it firmly in place. This period of healing after the implants are placed typically takes 4-6 months.

Once healed, the implants can support a variety of dental solutions, including a single crown, a bridge, or a full set of teeth. This versatility, coupled with their stability and natural appearance, makes dental implants a preferred solution for many patients.

The Shortcomings of Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implants have certainly made a huge impact in the world of dentistry. However, they're not a perfect solution for everyone. Even with all their advantages, these implants have specific requirements for their successful placement. The most important of these is the need for enough bone density in the jaw.

Our jaws are structured to support our teeth, and the constant stimulation provided by our teeth helps to maintain healthy bone tissue. When a tooth is lost, this stimulation is also lost, leading to a process called resorption, wherein the jawbone gradually starts to recede and lose its density. This can cause a range of issues, from changing the facial structure to impacting the ability to place dental implants effectively.

Individuals who have lived with tooth loss for a long period are especially susceptible to this bone loss. The longer the duration since tooth loss, the greater the chance of significant jawbone recession. Apart from time, several other factors contribute to bone loss. These include systemic conditions like osteoporosis, certain medications, and lifestyle habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

When there is significant bone loss, the jawbone might not be capable of supporting traditional dental implants. This loss of bone for dental implants can make treatment more complex, often needing more procedures such as bone grafting. Bone grafting is a process where new bone is added to your jawbone. However, it is a lengthy procedure requiring months of healing before the jawbone is ready for implant placement.

And sadly, not all patients are candidates for bone grafting. In such instances, the treatment plan becomes more challenging, often leaving patients and dental professionals seeking an alternative solution.

This is where the innovation of zygomatic dental implants comes into play. Designed to use the denser zygomatic bone, these implants provide a promising solution for those who may have been ineligible for traditional dental implants due to not having enough bone density in the upper jaw. As a result, patients have a renewed chance at restored functionality and confidence.

Zygomatic Dental Implants: A New Ray of Hope

For many years, dental implants have been a key solution to dealing with lost teeth. They offer a new lease on life to those looking to restore their smile. However, one major roadblock that some people might face is that dental implants need a certain level of bone strength in your jaw.

So, what happens if you've been told your bones aren't strong enough for regular dental implants? This is where a specialized type of dental implant, called zygomatic implants, comes into play. These implants have been a game changer, especially for people who may have previously thought that dentures were their only option.

Now, the term 'zygomatic' might seem a little technical. It's just a fancy word that refers to your cheekbones. These implants are longer than standard ones, allowing them to reach all the way into your cheekbone. This makes them a fantastic solution for those whose jawbones might not be suitable for regular implants.

Because zygomatic implants use this stronger bone, there's no need for procedures like bone grafts or sinus lifts, which are often required for patients with a lot of bone loss in their upper jaw. This means the treatment process is quicker and simpler than with regular implants and bone grafting.

The best part? Zygomatic implants give people who were previously told they couldn't have dental implants a chance to restore their smile. If you're one of those people, this could be the solution you have been searching for.

It's not just about getting your smile back, either. Zygomatic implants also offer a sturdy base for your new teeth, which means you can eat and talk with ease. Plus, they're designed to look like your natural teeth, so most people won't even know you've got implants.

Zygomatic implants are proof that dental solutions are always evolving, always improving. They show that even if traditional dental implants aren't an option for you, there's still a chance to get your smile back without having to get dentures. We're committed to keeping up with these advancements at Nuvia Dental Implant Center and bringing you solutions for your dental needs.

In the next section, we'll dive deeper into our approach at Nuvia and how we're making our process more comfortable for you to get dental implants and smile confidently again.

Your Comfort Matters: A Close Look at the Post-Op Procedure and Pain Management

Having a zygomatic dental implant procedure is a significant step toward restoring your beautiful smile. While our expert surgeons at Nuvia ensure the procedure itself is as smooth as possible, proper postoperative care is crucial in ensuring a successful outcome and quick recovery. 

After you undergo surgery, the initial steps you take at home can significantly impact your recovery speed and quality. These crucial postoperative strategies play a pivotal role in setting you on the track towards a rapid and comfortable recovery. That's why we've developed a complete postoperative care guide for our patients, which you will receive before your surgery. Here are a few things you can expect to see in there:

Icing: Your Instant Soother

An important part of your immediate healing is ice application, an age-old, but effective, remedy. Ice can be a surprising comfort after surgery - it's your first line of defense against postoperative swelling and discomfort. Aim to maintain a regimen of 20 minutes with an ice pack applied to your face, followed by a 20-minute break. Remember, consistency is key here; the more frequent and regular your ice application, the more efficient your recovery process.

No need to invest in expensive ice packs if you don’t want to, a bag of frozen peas or a bag of ice will do the trick. A tip we recommend is to keep rotating them from the freezer as you carry on with your 'ice-on, ice-off' routine. Don't worry about overnight icing; your primary focus should be during your waking hours, especially during the first few days post-surgery.

Elevation: A Simple yet Powerful Strategy

The second strategy is mindful elevation. Positioning your head higher than your heart level helps control swelling and limit any postoperative bleeding, both common occurrences after oral surgery. This doesn't mean you must sit upright all the time. A slight incline will do the trick - try adding a couple of extra pillows under your head while you rest, or recline comfortably in a chair. These simple adjustments can contribute significantly to managing postoperative swelling and fostering a more comfortable recovery.

NSAIDs: Keeping Discomfort at Bay

The third part of your recovery involves taking NSAIDs, which stands for Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs. These are medicines like ibuprofen that help reduce pain, lower fever, and decrease swelling. In simpler terms, they help manage pain and reduce inflammation, which can help with any swelling you might have. Always take the amount your doctor tells you to, and keep in mind that NSAIDs are usually meant for short-term use.

Recovering from dental implant surgery is a process that requires your active participation. By following these strategies - diligent icing, mindful elevation, and regular NSAID consumption - you're setting the stage for a speedy and smooth recovery, accelerating your journey towards that renewed, radiant smile. These are simple steps, but they can have a profound impact on your healing process, ensuring you can start enjoying the full benefits of your zygomatic dental implants sooner.

Antibacterial Medications

Another crucial part of your postoperative care is adhering to your prescribed medication regimen, especially when it comes to antibacterial medication. The role of these medications is to ward off potential infections, ensuring that your surgical site remains clean and safe as it heals.

Before undergoing your surgery, it's common practice to start your antibiotic regimen 3 days before your surgery. This timing is critical in establishing an effective defense against any harmful bacteria that could compromise your healing process. It's like creating a protective shield around your surgical site at a time when it's most vulnerable.

While taking these antibiotics, you might notice your symptoms improving significantly - this is a positive sign! However, it can be tempting to stop taking your medication once you start feeling better. It's important to resist this urge. Why? Because feeling better does not necessarily mean that all the bacteria have been effectively dealt with.

Antibiotics work by either killing bacteria or limiting their growth, and it takes a full course of the medication to ensure all the targeted bacteria are thoroughly managed. When antibiotics are stopped prematurely, some of the stronger bacteria that hasn’t already been killed may still be there. These survivors can potentially multiply, leading to a stronger form of the infection. This can not only jeopardize your healing process but may also make the infection harder to treat in the future, as some bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics.

It's not just about your health; misuse of antibiotics can contribute to a larger global health problem of antibiotic resistance. Therefore, for your health and that of others, it's essential to take your full course of antibiotics as prescribed, even if you're feeling much better before the medication runs out.

Navigating Your Post-Surgery Diet

In the days following your zygomatic dental implant surgery, paying attention to your diet is crucial in promoting a smooth and comfortable recovery. The golden rule during this phase is to stick to a soft food diet, steering clear of any hard, crunchy, or spicy foods that could irritate the surgical site or exert undue pressure on your new implants.

You might wonder what exactly constitutes a soft diet. Think gentle, easy-to-chew, and swallow foods. Start your day with a bowl of creamy oatmeal, topped with some ripe banana slices for added nutrition. For lunch, consider nutrient-packed soups with well-cooked vegetables and soft proteins like shredded chicken or tofu. Scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, well-cooked pasta, and steamed vegetables are other good options.

In-between meals, keep your body fueled and hydrated with snacks and drinks that require minimal to no chewing. Yogurt, pudding, applesauce, and protein shakes are all great choices. Stay hydrated with plenty of water, smoothies, or fresh fruit juices. Just remember to avoid using a straw for the first few weeks after surgery to prevent disrupting the healing process.

As your mouth heals and discomfort diminishes, you can start introducing more solid foods back into your diet. Begin with semi-soft foods like eggs, soft bread, and cooked vegetables. Eventually, you will be able to return to your normal diet, but always remember to chew with care and avoid biting down directly onto your new implants too hard for the first while.

Remember, everyone's recovery journey is unique. Listen to your body and move at your own pace. The ultimate goal is to ensure that your new implants have a healthy environment to heal properly while still getting the nutrients your body needs to aid the recovery process. If you have any dietary concerns or questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Nuvia. Your comfort and health are our top priorities.

Oral Hygiene

After your zygomatic dental implant surgery, ensuring good oral hygiene becomes more critical than ever. Your mouth, particularly the surgical area, needs extra care during the healing process to prevent infection and support successful implant integration.

Always remember to adhere to your doctor's specific instructions as they are tailored to your unique healing process. However, typically, maintaining your oral hygiene is a vital part of the recovery journey. It's usually recommended that you continue to brush your teeth regularly, focusing on the visible parts of your new teeth, and avoiding direct contact with the sensitive gum tissues. When brushing, opt for a soft-bristle toothbrush and gentle strokes, which will help in cleaning without disturbing the healing tissues. Alongside this, the use of a prescribed medicated mouthwash or a non-alcoholic variety can contribute greatly to keeping your mouth clean and fresh. Maintaining these simple steps in your daily routine can significantly aid in your recovery and ensure the longevity of your dental implants.

One of the simplest yet most effective tools for post-surgery oral care is a warm saltwater rinse. It's not just an old wives' tale; there's science behind it. Saltwater rinses can help soothe oral tissues, reduce inflammation, and even kill harmful bacteria that might interfere with your healing (Shetty 2017).

To prepare the rinse, dissolve half a teaspoon of regular table salt in eight ounces (1 cup) of warm water. Allow the water to cool to a comfortable warmth before swishing it gently around your mouth. You don't need to do it vigorously—let the solution do its work. Aim to rinse your mouth with saltwater a few times a day, particularly after meals to help keep the surgical site clean.

While maintaining oral hygiene post-surgery might seem like a daunting task, remember that it's a crucial part of your recovery process. Good oral care habits can significantly influence the success of your new implants and your overall oral health in the long run. As always, we're here to answer any questions or concerns you might have along the way. We are committed to making your healing journey as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Follow-up Appointments

Follow-up appointments are an integral part of your recovery journey. These visits allow us to monitor your healing progress, address any concerns you might have, and guide you through each phase of your recovery.

Our dedicated team at Nuvia is always available to provide support, answer your questions, and guide you every step of the way towards achieving your beautiful smile. Always remember that each step you take in your postoperative care plays a significant role in ensuring the success of your zygomatic dental implants and the beauty of your restored smile.

The Nuvia Difference: Delivering Permanent Teeth in 24 Hours

We don't just follow industry standards—we push boundaries to improve them. We've seen first-hand the toll that generic dental implant procedures can take on patients: multiple visits, temporary dentures, and a months-long wait before the final, permanent teeth are fitted. We knew there had to be a better way.

So, we pioneered a unique approach that's truly groundbreaking. Instead of offering "teeth in a day"—a common practice where premade dentures are fitted to your new implants and worn until the permanent teeth are ready (sometimes up to 10+ months later)—we've refined our process to offer a solution that's both quick and convenient: Permanent teeth in just 24 hours.

That's right, within 24 hours post-surgery, we have your permanent, zirconia teeth ready to go. You won't have to grapple with the discomfort of temporary dentures, or the uncertainty of waiting sometimes months for your permanent teeth. With Nuvia, you can come back the day after your surgery to a brand-new smile reflecting back at you in the mirror. It's a game-changing way to start your journey to a healthier, brighter smile.

Real Stories: Transformation and Triumph

Nothing speaks more to the transformative power of zygomatic dental implants than the stories of our patients themselves. Over the years, we have been privileged to witness the incredible transformations of our patients. These individuals, many of whom were initially told they weren't candidates for traditional dental implants, now smile confidently, eat comfortably, and live fully. Their stories are a testament to the restorative and life-changing power of zygomatic dental implants.

Travel for Dental Implants Program

When it comes to your dental health, compromise should never be an option. While zygomatic dental implants offer a breakthrough solution for patients with insufficient bone density in the upper jaw, not all dentists have the expertise and training required to perform this specialized procedure. At Nuvia, we believe that everyone deserves access to this cutting-edge treatment, regardless of where they live.

Understanding the value of getting it right the first time, we've established a travel for dental implants program. This initiative is designed to make our top-notch dental services, including the pioneering zygomatic dental implant procedure and our signature Permanent Teeth in 24 Hours, accessible to patients far and wide.

Even if you live across the state or across the country, away from a local Nuvia center, our travel program ensures that you receive the same unparalleled care as our local patients. We appreciate the effort and commitment it takes to travel for your dental healthcare, and we are dedicated to making the process as seamless as possible.

To kickstart your journey, we offer online consultations, allowing you to connect with our experts from the comfort of your own home. This initial step enables us to understand your unique needs and discuss potential treatment plans.

Once we've agreed on the best course of action, we'll work closely with you to plan your visit to our center. We understand that our out-of-town patients have unique needs and schedules. Hence, we make every effort to accommodate your timing and ensure your visit is comfortable, efficient, and well-coordinated.

At Nuvia, our aim is to break down geographical barriers and bring state-of-the-art dental implant solutions closer to you. No matter the miles, our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care remains the same.

The Power of Zirconia: A Material for the Future

In keeping with our commitment to delivering top quality care for our patients, Nuvia pairs zygomatic dental implants with zirconia teeth. Zirconia is renowned for its strength, durability, and aesthetic appeal, making it a highly desired material in restorative dentistry. When you choose Nuvia, you're choosing a smile that's not just beautiful but also built to last.

Understanding the Procedure: Step-by-step

The first step to getting zygomatic dental implants at Nuvia is a 60-second evaluation. Our team of experts will examine your oral health, discuss your dental history, and determine the best treatment plan for you.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, during which our experienced surgeons place the zygomatic implants into the zygomatic bone. This provides a secure base for your new teeth.

While you recover post-surgery, our lab technicians work diligently to create your custom set of zirconia teeth. Within 24 hours, you'll return to our center, where your new teeth will be securely attached to your implants.

Why Choose Nuvia?

Choosing a dental implant provider is a significant decision. We understand you have thousands of options to choose from, and we want to earn your business. Our mission extends beyond offering quality dental implant services; we're dedicated to providing a seamless, supportive experience not only from start to finish but for years to come.

From the moment you walk through our doors, our team is committed to understanding and accommodating your unique needs and expectations. We're here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring you're informed, comfortable, and cared for.

Our Travel for Dental Implants Program makes our unique service accessible, no matter where you live. At Nuvia, we're committed to bringing the possibility of a confident, radiant smile to as many people as possible.

Summary

Beginning the journey to restore your smile can be overwhelming. With the wide variety of dental solutions available, it's important to understand your options and make the best choice for your unique needs. One revolutionary advancement reshaping the landscape of restorative dentistry is zygomatic dental implants.

Zygomatic dental implants are specifically designed for individuals with severe bone loss in the upper jaw, a condition that traditionally posed significant challenges to dental implant placement. Named after the 'zygoma', or cheekbone, these implants are anchored into the denser zygomatic bone. This allows for a secure, solid foundation for your new teeth, bypassing the need for bone grafts or sinus lifts.

We understand the transformative power of a confident smile. We've been fortunate to witness firsthand the life-changing impact of a fully restored, functional smile. This is what fuels our dedication to providing cutting-edge dental solutions to our patients.

One of our proud offerings is the 'Permanent Teeth in 24 Hours' procedure. Unlike the industry’s standard “teeth in a day” practice, which involves fitting a temporary denture on your newly placed dental implants, we at Nuvia have streamlined the process. Our innovative approach ensures that your permanent, zirconia teeth are ready within 24 hours post-surgery. There's no need for temporary dentures or waiting months to receive your permanent teeth.

We invite you to join the many satisfied individuals who have successfully reclaimed their smiles through our services. To see if you're a suitable candidate for zygomatic dental implants, take our 60-second quiz today. It's a quick and easy way to start your journey toward a healthier, brighter smile.

Sources:

Shetty, P. (2017). Effect of salt water rinse on wound healing after periodontal surgery. Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, 21(1), 72-77.

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