Can I Play My Horn With Dental Implants?

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Published on: March 26, 2012

Receiving dental implants can be a lengthy process, especially if you require bone grafting (adding additional bone) before they are placed. You may be wondering how soon after each procedure you can eat your favorite foods or enjoy treasured hobbies, but if you are a musician who plays a horn for a living, you may be especially concerned about getting back to your instrument as quickly as possible. While recovery times vary depending on your overall health, the following are general guidelines for playing your horn after bone grafting or dental implant placement.

Recovery Time After Bone Grafting

If you had a sinus lift procedure, you aren’t allowed to blow your nose or do anything that causes pressure in the sinuses for four weeks, so playing a horn is out of the question during this period. Under standard guidelines, you should be able to play your horn after four weeks. Your implants cannot be placed until the grafting material has meshed with your bone, which generally takes three to nine months.

Recovery Time After Dental Implants are Placed

After your dental implants are placed, the titanium rods will fuse with your bone tissue in a process called osseointegration, which takes two to six months. Ask Dr. Seal when you can return to playing your horn during the osseointegration process. You may have temporary crowns placed on your implants, and you will want to take precautions so that they don’t become loose or damaged if they come in contact with your horn. Once the implants are integrated, you should be able to go back to playing normally.

What Playing Your Horn Will Feel Like

Your embouchure, or the way you position your mouth on the instrument, may feel a bit different when you start playing after having implants placed. If you had missing teeth for a long period of time and adjusted your playing accordingly, you will have to re-learn how to play with your new teeth. Implants in your back teeth may not present as much of a challenge, as the horn does not come in contact with them. The front teeth, however, feel the vibration of your horn, and because shock absorption is felt very differently with an implant than with a natural tooth, you will have to get used to new sensations in the mouth while playing.

Contact Dallas prosthodontist Dr. Greg Seal today at (214) 361-0883 to discuss your questions and concerns about dental implants. With over 25 years’ experience as a North Dallas prosthodontist and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Seal serves residents in the Katy Trail and SMU areas, as well as Highland Park, University Park, and the neighboring communities.