What to Expect When Getting Tooth Implants
After determining that a tooth implant is the best choice for your situation, getting tooth implant surgery will be an outpatient procedure. It can be generally understood as a three-step process.
- Preparation of Area: The first step will be removing the damaged tooth if it is still in your mouth. If your jaw bone cannot support the future implant, whether it is not thick or enough or perhaps too soft, a bone graft will help provide solid support for your dental implant. At this point, you may need to wait to allow time for the growth of new bone and healing. This may take several months.
- Placement of Implant: Once your jawbone is in good condition to proceed, the metal post of your tooth implant can be placed. It will need to be inserted deep into the bone to serve as a secure base for your new tooth. Following this procedure, time is required to allow the jawbone to grow around your new implant and fuse together. This may also take several months.
- Placement of Abutment and Crown: The abutment is what connects your new artificial tooth – the crown – to the implant in your jaw. This may be placed at the same time as the implant and in a separate procedure. Your new crown will be placed once it has been determined that your jawbone is strong enough to support you using your new tooth. Your new tooth will be customized based on impressions made of your mouth to allow for a realistic-looking new tooth
Local anesthesia will be used during the steps of your tooth implant surgery, and most people who receive dental implants report minimal discomfort during the procedure.
Recovery and Aftercare
After your procedure and during recovery, you may experience some swelling, bruising, minor bleeding, and/or localized pain – the typical sorts of discomfort from dental surgery. You may be directed to eat soft foods while healing, and you may need to take pain medications or antibiotics.
To ensure the best outcome after a tooth implant, it is essential to commit to good oral hygiene. A tooth implant requires the exact same care as a real tooth. It is crucial to brush your teeth twice and floss once daily. These are essential for removing plaque and minimizing the buildup of tartar. In addition, regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings are vital to remove any tartar and keep your teeth and gums healthy.
If you are suffering from tooth loss and are considering dental implants, contact us today for a consultation. Our experienced periodontist and implant surgeon is part of a team at the office, which you can trust to provide expert surgery and holistic follow-up to maintain good oral health and ensure the best outcome for your tooth replacement.
If you suffer from tooth loss, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We will discuss your personal situation and help you find which option is best for you.