Do you want to try other option of tooth replacement and have decided to change your dentures or bridgework because it doesn’t fit you? Do you wanna try something new to have natural-looking teeth? Why don’t you try dental implant surgery!
The dental implant surgery is a long-lasting alternative treatment that can also help you increase the quality of your everyday life. Think about how you speak and chew every day, isn’t that amazing to have that durable solution inside your mouth which function as well as the real tooth?
However, some patients might get scared about taking dental implants.
Does it hurt?
Definitely yes after the surgery but the benefits of it this procedure will be worth your investment after all! Did you know that a dental implant is the closest tooth replacement option to get a real tooth? Yes! And this procedure will help your dental bridge or denture not to move or may cause damage to the bone. If you think that a dental implant is a good option for replacing a tooth lost or damaged teeth, this article will guide you to understand the entire process of the surgery and helps you find out if this procedure is right for you!
The Pre-dental implant surgery
Patients who have to take this implant surgery are those who have missing teeth or damaged teeth. Usually, it is because of injury or previous periodontal disease. When you visit your dentist for your dental implant surgery, he or she will take an X-ray of your mouth to evaluate your bite, determine the location of your missing teeth and the location of your jawbone to identify where the implants should be placed. Your dentist may also make a copy of your teeth to know if it is necessary to have an additional operation.
In most cases of dental surgery, one of the primary concerns of some patients’ is the level of pain they may experience after the surgery. The good news of this operation is that there are several options that you might consult with your dentist. This helps you to ensure a comfortable and pain-free procedure, which also includes anesthesia or sedation.
If you have damaged teeth and need to replace it, your dentist will need to remove the damaged teeth. The next step is to check if your jaw needs a bone grafting to ensure the exact space for the implant-but this step is not necessary for every patient. Bone grafting may sound scary, but this procedure, which involves using graft material for the missing tooth location helps your dental implants to be secured at all times. Usually, this can be done during the same implant surgery consultation. If your jawbone still needs more supports, your dentist may also recommend to let your jaw heal before it proceeds to the next step of the procedure.
To put the implant inside your gum, your dentist will cut it first to reveal the bone. Take note that you will undergo through anesthesia or sedation to feel nothing during the surgery. Then your dentist will bore a hole to the bone where the metal implant should be placed, and your incision will be closed. The metal implant that used to hold your artificial tooth serves as root on it.
After the tooth put into place, you will need several months to let your jawbone fuse with a dental implant. This process is called Osseointegration-which provide implant a strong foundation for your artificial tooth (the crown). For the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary denture for the appearance.
After the Osseointegration process has occurred, your dentist may render local anesthesia to make an abutment attached, which serves as the structure that connects tour artificial tooth to the implant.
Some patients take a couple of weeks to make their implants completely heal before the abutments are replaced, but some patients may only require a short period.
After it’s a healing period, your dentist may now put then a temporary crown that will remain for almost four to six weeks of the healing period. Your permanent crown is still made for the model of your teeth.
The Post dental implant surgery and how to care dental implant
Taking this surgery might give you minor pain and bleeds for a short time. You might also experience bruising and swelling of the gums, and that is rare. Patients who have experienced these symptoms have nothing to worry about. For some patients’, the reported worst recovery part for them is the suture tickling their tongue.
To avoid these symptoms, you need to follow a soft diet for two to three weeks, and your dentist will guide you with it. He or she may prescribe you anti-inflammatory medications, pain relievers, and antibiotics to prevent all of these symptoms and avoid your implants get worst.
Treat and care your dental implants the same as you treat your natural teeth. Brush it at least twice a day and floss it regularly with dental sanitizer. Avoid yourself from eating hard candies, chewing of ice, and using tobacco (which will really harm you!). Always keep on your mind that eating certain foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, and red wine will stain your artificial teeth. It will be possible for your dental implant to last for ten years or more up to the rest of your life if you maintain the proper care of it. Make sure to continue seeing your dentist and keep a regular check with your dental implant to prevent any issues that might be going to happen. This may also confirm your implant in tip-top shape.
If you are planning to have implant surgery, the most essential step you to do is to research. Choose a dentist who is an expert, well trained, and specializes in this procedure to ensure the safeness of your dental implant procedure. Working with a professional dentist will result will you a relief and receive minimal discomfort during the operation.
Dr.Nathan Memmott, DDS, and his team offer an excellent and comprehensive quality of services which will help you regain your complete smile and guides you with your treatment!