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Dental implants are permanent tooth replacement options that involve the setting of a metal root in the jaw. The process requires a surgical procedure where a hole is created first and the root is twisted down into the opening. While most dental implants contain tapers that help to set the dental implant correctly, there will be quite a few openings and holes around the root that will need to fill in over time. In fact, the formation of new bone cells is essential in retaining a dental implant over the long term. This is the case as new cells attach to the root during a process called osseointegration. However, the integrated root may not be strong enough to retain constant pressure and stress if the bone around the implant is not dense enough. Dense bone tissue forms when you consume the right nutrients, so make sure that the following nutrients are included in your diet. This is especially important for the first two to six months after the implant root is secured.
Most people understand that calcium is needed to help build new bone cells around the body. While you may understand that vitamin D is also required, you may not know that the nutrient is essential when it comes to calcium absorption. Specifically, vitamin D helps the body remove calcium from the foods you eat and absorb it into the body once the nutrient reaches the intestines. Vitamin D is also needed to remodel the bones after an injury or surgery, like your dental implant operation. Basically the nutrient helps calcium get to the bones where it is needed.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and this means that the body can store the nutrient for some time if excess enters the body. Your body can also produce the nutrient when your skin comes into contact with the ultraviolet B rays of the sun. The skin can create a large amount of the vitamin, so it usually only takes a small amount of sun exposure for your body to produce all that it needs. However, you should know that long term exposure to UV rays can increase your skin cancer risks. To reduce these risks, consider eating foods high in vitamin D instead of sitting out in the sun every day. Oily fish like trout, salmon, swordfish, and mackerel are all good sources of vitamin D. So are mushrooms like portabello, maitake, morel, and chanterelle.
Since there are not many foods that contain vitamin D, it may be wise for you to take a supplement while you go through the dental implant healing process. Look for a vitamin D3 supplement sold at your local pharmacy, because this type of product will contain vitamin D that is similar to the nutrient that your body produces naturally. Make sure to take the supplement with a small meal though, so your body absorbs as much of the vitamin as possible.
Magnesium is also a nutrient that helps your body create dense bone tissue around your dental implant. Magnesium is integral in a wide variety of biochemical reactions that occur within the body like the metabolism and absorption of calcium. Specifically, magnesium stimulates the thyroid so it produces a hormone called calcitonin. This hormone helps to preserve the density of bone tissues and it keeps breakdown from occurring. Magnesium is also stored in the bones and contributes directly to dense bone material during the storing period. Excess magnesium is stored, so providing your body with more than enough of the nutrient will mean that it does not need to be pulled from the bones when it is needed for other bodily functions.
To help keep your magnesium levels up throughout the body, make sure to eat foods like spinach, brazil nuts, almonds, tuna, mackerel, avocados, and soy.
For more information, talk to a professional like Joe Rosenberg, DDS.