We’re here to ease your dental implant surgery concerns.
Our teeth are responsible for proper speech pronunciation and food digestion. They also play an essential role in supporting the overall structure of our face, and are automatically put on full display whenever we smile or laugh. This is why losing one or several of our natural teeth can be a very distressing experience.
Fortunately, dental implants have long served as a wonderful restorative option for patients with one or more missing teeth – but it’s normal for any person moving forward with the procedure to have questions; particularly, if dental implant placement is painful.
Today, we’re here to address this common concern.
First things first: Are dental implants right for me?
If your bone and gums are in good general health, then you’re likely a great candidate for dental implants. However, there are certain health conditions, such as diabetes, that may influence whether the artificial tooth root will successfully fuse with the jawbone. Your dentist will complete an evaluation to determine whether dental implants will be an appropriate option for you.
Furthermore, a bone graft may be necessary if a patient is lacking sufficient jawbone needed to support the implant. With more extensive bone grafts, a patient will need time to heal over several months before they can move on to the actual procedure – whereas with more minor bone grafts, the grafting can be performed at the same time as the implant placement.
What to expect during dental implant surgery
During a typical dental implant procedure, the oral surgeon will begin by making an incision into the gum in order to expose the bone to be drilled and prepared for the placement of the implant. Next, the implant is carefully surgically placed, and a healing process referred to as “osseointegration” will occur over the next several months as the implant permanently fuses with the jawbone.
The surgeon will likely provide you with a temporary crown (replacement tooth) to wear until the healing process is complete, and the permanent crown will be placed in a future visit. To prepare for this step, the oral surgery will reopen the gum in order to access the implant, will then attach the abutment (the piece that connects the crown to the implant), and will then close the surrounding gum tissue back up. It should generally take around two weeks for the gums to heal following this procedure.
In between these steps, it is normal to experience some discomforts common with surgical recovery – including minor bleeding, gum and facial swelling, bruising, and pain at the implant site. The oral surgeon will prescribe a course of antibiotics to help minimize risk of any potential infection, and may provide the patient with a pain medication that will be able to effectively provide relief during healing.
But is the placement process painful?
The good news is, no, the surgical placement of implant posts or the abutment and crown afterwards should never be painful as the appropriate anaesthetics or numbing medications will be administered prior to surgery. This includes local anesthesia to completely numb the mouth, possibly in addition to conscious sedation to help ensure the most relaxing experience for the patient.
Looking after your dental implants
Patients must be willing to care for their dental implants every day, the same way they do their smile. This involves practicing proper oral hygiene by brushing twice daily, flossing at least once daily, and routinely visiting the dentist and dental hygienist for a check-up and cleaning.
With this proper daily maintenance and care, dental implants will generally last a lifetime – and Abutments International Inc. wishes patients the very best on their journey to healthy and restored smile!
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