Getting a Dental Implant? Here Is What to Expect

Dental implants have changed the way we deal with missing teeth. Even after a tooth extraction, you can now have a fully functional artificial tooth .

Implant-supported crowns are made up of three parts: The implant is the artificial root and it is placed in the jaw. The abutment is a connector that attaches a dental crown to the implant. The dental crown acts as the artificial tooth.

Because implants require minor jaw surgery, many people are wary of the treatment. The most common worry among prospective patients is: Will it hurt? The short answer is: Not really, and especially not during the procedure.

To help get rid of any misunderstandings, we will go over what to expect when it comes to getting a dental implant.

  1. The dentist will determine if the patient is a good candidate

    The dentist will take x-rays of the patient's mouth and study them. The x-ray images will help the dentist decide if the patient's jaw and gums are healthy enough for a dental implant. If the patient is found to be a good candidate, then preparations for implant placement begin.

  2. Preparation before surgery

    The dentist will take an impression of the patient's mouth and send the measurements to a lab where the crown is made. Because the placement of dental implants is, in fact, a surgical procedure, the dentist will prescribe a course of antibiotics that the patient will take prior to and after the procedure.

    Before a person goes in for the procedure, they should stock up on soft foods and painkillers. They should also arrange for transport from the dentist's office as the anesthetic will hinder their ability to drive.

    A person who expects to have I.V. anesthetic should make sure not to eat anything after midnight the day of the procedure. On the other hand, a person who will get an oral anesthetic should have a hearty breakfast before the procedure.

  3. The first procedure

    The dentist will administer an anesthetic and open the gum to expose the jawbone. Using a drill, the dentist will make a hole in the bone for the dental implant.

    The dentist will then place the dental implant and make sure that it fits snugly. An abutment can also be attached at this point. The gum will be closed and the patient will go home and wait for the jaw to heal and fuse with the implant.

  4. The second procedure

    The dentist will again numb the gum and jaw. If the abutment was not placed in the first procedure, it will be placed during the second. To affix the abutment, the implant is exposed by opening the gum. The abutment is then attached.

    If the abutment was placed in the first procedure, the gum will not be reopened and the dentist will go right to the next step.

    An impression of the abutment will be taken for use in the fabrication of the crown, and the patient will go home to wait for said crown.

  5. The final procedure

    The crown is attached and adjusted to fit with the rest of the teeth. The patient goes home with a brand new tooth.

What to expect after the placement of the implant and abutment

  • After the anesthetic wears off, a person may feel slight pain or discomfort. Medication will get rid of the pain
  • To avoid biting the tongue, the patient should not eat until the anesthetic wears off. Afterward, they should avoid putting pressure on the implant by eating soft foods
  • The opening on the gum is easily kept clean with good oral hygiene and a prescription antimicrobial mouth rinse
  • The jaw will take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to heal. If the abutment is placed in a separate procedure, the gum will take a few extra weeks to heal

Are there any risks with implant surgery?

While over 95 percent of implant insertions are successful, there is a very small chance of complications, such as:

  • Infection at the site of the surgery
  • Bone loss where the implant is placed
  • Failure of the jaw to fuse with the implant
  • Movement of the dental implant
  • Rejection of the implant by the body

Are they worth the effort?

A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth that you can get. It functions like a natural tooth, looks like a natural tooth and lasts as long as a natural tooth. To take care of an implant-supported tooth, all you have to do is practice good oral habits.

Let's get started …

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