How are Dental Implants placed?
Many are convinced to try dental implants but are too scared because they do not know what to expect during and after the procedure itself.
How exactly are dental implants placed?
Dental implant surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure that involves many stages:
First, the damaged tooth is removed.
Next your jawbone is primed for surgery which involves bone grafting. It is performed if you have too soft or not enough bone to support the implant. Grafting aims to create a solid base for the dental implant.
Right after the jawbone heals; your dental surgeon opens your gums to expose the bone and places the implant’s metal post. The post will serve as the tooth’s root. Temporary dentures may be placed for appearance and protection purposes.
Once the implant metal post is placed, your jawbone will unite itself on the implant’s surface, a process called osseointegration. The process may take more or less six months depending on the patient.
Lastly, your dental surgeon places the abutment (the extension of the implant’s metal post) and the dental crown (artificial tooth).
The dental implantation process may take many months from three to nine months, sometimes longer. Most of the time, the waiting is devoted to healing of the new bone in your jaw.
After your dental implant surgery…
Whether your dental implant surgery may last 6 to 9 months or more, you will not be spared from the typical discomforts connected with any type of oral surgery, such as:
- Inflammation (swelling) on the gum line
- Swelling of the face
- Gum bruising and bruising on facial skin
- Pain found at the implant site
- Slight bleeding
If pain or swelling worsens days after surgery, you need to contact your dental surgeon because you may warrant a prescription of antibiotics or pain medications.
In every stage of your dental implant journey, you may
need be on soft diet (soft-textured foods that are low in fiber such as mashed potato or yogurt) while waiting for the surgical site to heal. This may take as long as 10 to 14 days. Normally, the dental surgeon will use dissoluble stitches. If in case your stitches aren’t self-dissolving, your dentist will remove them after 10 days.
Still undecided to undergo surgery? If you need more information about dental implants and surgery, please do not hesitate to contact us!