Dental implants are one of the most common and standard surgical procedures conducted. Whether you have been a victim of gum disease, facial trauma, or a congenital disease, replacing an avulsed tooth with a synthetic implant can do wonders for both your physical and mental health. Not only is it beneficial to the condition and strength of your surrounding teeth and bones, but it can really help boost your confidence in your smile.
As with any form of surgical procedure, you may have some questions or concerns surrounding the process. To relieve any stress or associated nerves, Journal Square Dental’s team of dental professionals has put together a guide on what to expect before, during, and after your dental implant procedure. Our top priority is our client’s smile and ensuring they can use it proudly.
What to Expect During Your Dental Implant Procedure
The process begins with an initial consultation and examination. Your dentist will conduct a physical exam, as well as use tools like X-rays and other instruments, to collect as much data about the current condition of your teeth as possible. From there, a plan of action will be devised, which will include three main components:
Depending on why you lost your tooth in the first place, you may need to have other surgical procedures done in conjunction with your dental implant. For example, if you lost your tooth due to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, your dentist will need to first perform a series of cleanings, scalings, and planings to treat the area. From there, your jawbone may need a bone graft to ensure it is strong enough to hold the implant.
These other forms of treatment may take some time to heal before you are ready to receive your implant. Your dentist will plan accordingly and space everything out to allow the process to be as smooth and painless as possible.
When your gums, jawbone, and other teeth are ready, it is time for the actual dental implant procedure. Depending on the type of implant you are receiving, whether it be a dental crown, an implant-supported denture, or other option, your dentist will likely use a local anesthetic. From there, your implant will be placed either directly into your jawbone or directly under the gumline. After the implant has been placed, it will begin to meld with the jawbone and become part of the natural jawline.
This allows you to treat your implant like you would a natural tooth and chew, bite, and speak normally. Your dentist will be sure to choose a cap or crown that matches the color and look of your other teeth so that it does not stick out or look unnatural.
Recovery and Maintenance
After the surgery has taken place and every step of the implant procedure has been completed, you can expect some mild discomfort, possible swelling, and other small side effects. Your dentist will talk you through all of the different possibilities and provide you with the necessary pain medications and required maintenance techniques.
Once everything has healed, your implant can be a long-lasting and even permanent addition to your smile. You must take care of it the same way you would your other teeth, meaning daily brushing, daily flossing, and regularly-scheduled professional cleanings with your dentist. After surgery, your dentist may want to schedule more frequent visits to ensure everything is healing on time and the way it is intended to.
Want More Information? Consult a Qualified Dentist Today
Trust your dental implant procedure with a qualified dentist like Dr. Rickerby from Journal Square Dental. As a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry and the National Dentist Association, he has devoted his career to taking care of his community’s oral health, whether it’s restorative procedures, cosmetic, or both.