More and more people are choosing dental implants to replace their missing teeth. This is a viable option for a single tooth, or to provide support for other restorations to replace multiple teeth.
While the thought of surgery may cause anxiety for some, there is not much to worry about with this procedure. In order to help calm your concerns, learn what to expect before, during and after implant surgery here.
Placing a dental implant is a carefully planned procedure. You dentist will do a thorough examination and access that the implant site has enough quantity and quality of bone for implant placement. They do this by using x-ray diagnostics, and sometime a surgical guide, which allows them to find the best position for the post, thus ensuring a successful outcome.
If insufficient bone is present to anchor the dental implant, bone grafting and/or other options can be discussed prior to the surgical implant procedure. Your dentist will help you determine the best course of action in this situation.
The implant procedure begins with your dentist using local anesthesia to numb the site. During this, you should feel no pain and very little discomfort. The bone is accessed through the gums, usually by using a surgical guide to ensure proper alignment. A small hole or channel is then created with a sequence of small drills that increases the size until the proper premeasured size is reached for implant placement.
Once the area is properly prepared, your dentist will remove the implant from the sterile package and install it directly into the space or osteomotomy. Your dentist will then use digital dental radiographs to confirm proper placement, and the gum tissues are closed over it, so that it is protected during the healing. In some cases, a healing abutment is attached, which extends through the gum tissue and prevents the need for a second stage surgery.
Since only a small amount of the soft tissue and bone is disrupted during the procedure, there is only a small amount of discomfort experienced after the procedure. In most cases, it is easily managed with a common anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. In some cases, you may receive an antibiotic prescription to help prevent an infection while your gums heal. Over the course of several weeks, the post that was placed in your bone is going to become more secure. This is because the bone cells will grow and adhere to it. Following healing, your permanent crown or another type of restoration will be fabricated by your dentist with a few easy appointments.
The entire procedure is complete when the final restoration is installed onto the implant. At this point, you can enjoy your new smile and oral health!