Vitamin Information for Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, however they depend on your body to build bone around them. In order to do that, your body, in turn, depends on you to make sure you get enough nutrients to fuel the process of bone building. When you’re recovering from procedure, we recommend increasing or taking supplements of these vitamins to help your body make bone.
Ideally the supplements should be started 2 weeks before surgery and continued for 3 months after surgery.
Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones, as it promotes the absorption of calcium. This vitamin can also reduce your risk of diabetes and can lower your chances of experiencing multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart attacks. While it is undeniable that vitamin D is good for your overall health, many dental patients are unaware that it is also necessary for the success of dental implants and studies show that a high percentage of people tested in the northern hemisphere are vitamin D deficient.
If you are undergoing dental implant surgery to replace your missing teeth, the we would recommend adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet.
How Can Vitamin D Help with Your Dental Implants?
Calcium is the primary element of the teeth and bones, and vitamin D allows the body to absorb this mineral. When your body doesn’t have enough vitamin D, you won’t be able to absorb new calcium.
Since dental implants will require that your body forms new bone to surround the implant, a lack of vitamin D could be a real problem.
Vitamin D has also been shown to improve dental health in other ways. Vitamin D can reduce the severity and risk of periodontal disease. Get rid of (The vitamin produces defensins and cathelicidin, which can reduce the number of bacteria found in your mouth.) Keeping your gums healthy and free of the symptoms of periodontal disease is also important in ensuring that you heal quickly after your dental implant surgery.
What Can You Do to Get More Vitamin D?
If your diet lacks vitamin D, all is not lost, as there are several simple steps that you can take to improve your vitamin D levels:
- Get more sunlight, as exposure of 20-25 minutes a day without sunscreen can encourage your body to make vitamin D. This can be tricky in Manchester especially in the winter!
- Take a supplement – vitamin D supplements can ensure that you get your proper dosage of the vitamin in the event that you aren’t consuming enough in your diet.
By ensuring you get enough vitamin D in your diet, you can improve the chances that your dental implant surgery will be successful.
Most people don’t think about vitamin K, but it’s vitamin D’s partner in crime. It helps vitamin D make calcium usable to the body. Because most people don’t know about it, though, vitamin K2 deficiency is common, and it’s been linked to osteoporosis.
Other vitamins which are important for bone healing are:
Vitamin A is helpful because it helps the body create and regulate cells that break bones down, known as osteoclasts. It may seem counterintuitive, but this is vital to the process of building bones. Your body removes old and damaged bone structures to build new, stronger ones. On the other hand, too much vitamin A can cause your osteoclasts to go a little crazy, which can damage bones.
The secret to always having the right amount of vitamin A is to get lots of beta-carotene. This isn’t vitamin A, so it doesn’t stimulate your osteoclasts, but your body can turn it into vitamin A as necessary.
Sweet potatoes and yams, carrots, and leafy green vegetables are all high in beta carotene.
Our bones depend on three types of vitamin B: B6, B9 (also known as folate), and B12. These B vitamins help regulate certain compounds in the blood that can weaken your bones if they get too high. The people at highest risk for vitamin B deficiencies are the elderly and vegans, as well as those whose bodies don’t properly absorb vitamin B.
Most meats contain high levels of vitamin B, but if you’re a vegan, eat up those dark leafy greens.
Most of us are familiar with vitamin C as helping immune system function, but it also plays a critical role in bone health. It helps stimulate the production and activation of bone-building cells, called osteoblasts. It also helps your body build the fibrous scaffolding that precedes the growth of new bone. And it helps make your gums strong so they can heal around your dental implants.
Our recommendation for Vitamin intake when having Dental implant sat 360 Dental Care are:
High Potency Vitamin D3
4 Drops Daily
A Multi Vitamin.