What Can I Expect From the Dental Implants Procedure?

What Can I Expect From the Dental Implants Procedure?

Information About Our Dental Implants Procedure

A dental implant is a popular option for people who have lost teeth after an accident or due to a disease. Dental implants give you a natural look by replacing teeth enabling you to maintain a long-lasting smile. A cosmetic dentist is responsible for carrying out dental implant procedures. If the oral surgery is done correctly, your dental implants look as good as and sometimes better than real teeth.

What to Expect

Dental implant surgery is a type of oral surgery is typically an outpatient surgery performed in stages. The first phase entails removing the damaged teeth then the jawbone is prepared for surgery. Sometimes the procedure involves bone grafting. Your oral surgeon will place the dental implant metal post in the jawbone after it has healed. The healing process takes several months. The oral surgeon then places the abutment, an extension of the implant metal post. Your cosmetic dentist can do this at the same time when placing the implant if it is stable. The final stage of dental implant entails making molds of the teeth and jawbone after healing of the soft tissues. The last teeth are placed in the jawbone.

After the Procedure

Dental implant surgery can be done in one stage or multiple stages. You will experience certain discomforts after the procedure. However, if the symptoms get worse after the surgery, contact your oral surgeon immediately. Your surgeon will prescribe painkillers or antibiotics after the surgery to ease pain and prevent infection. Some common discomforts include:

  • Pain at the implant area
  • Swelling of gums and face
  • Minor bleeding
  • Bruising of your gums and skin

Lifespan of Implants

The lifespan of a dental implant is intended to be long. Just like your teeth do not expire, an implant has a long-term lifespan too. They are meant to withstand the test of time and the normal challenges of daily life without wearing out. However, they should be well taken care of to ensure that they can serve you for a long time.

Taking Care of a Dental Implant

Call our office today to speak to a cosmetic dentist. Here are tips to help you keep your implant looking as good as new for the next many years to come:

  • Avoid taking hot drinks and food
  • Quit smoking
  • Brush on regular basis
  • Avoid a vibrating toothbrush
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings

Consult your oral surgeon to know the appropriate ways to brush and floss after a dental implant. Talk to your dentist if you experience pain days after oral surgery.