Implants are an excellent long-term investment for anybody wanting a healthier, natural-looking smile and more oral comfort. With dental technology’s significant advancements over the years, and by choosing a reputable professional, the procedure has a very high success rate and a plethora of benefits.
The process is relatively straightforward, but it’s advisable to undertake a comprehensive evaluation beforehand, including a dental exam, review of medical history, and treatment plan.
Stages Of Implant Surgery
Here’s how the procedure is done:
Step 1 – Inserting the Implant
A cut is made to open the gum, exposing the jawbone. Small holes are drilled into the bone, positioned where the implant will sit, into which a metal post is placed. Before the next step, there will be a hole which can be covered with a temporary denture for cosmetic purposes or left as it is, depending on individual preference.
Regardless of how many stages you go through to have dental implants, there may be some discomfort along the way, including swollen and bruised gums, some pain and possibly minor bleeding and for that reason, some people prefer to eat soft foods during the period after each surgery. This is nothing to be concerned about though and can be treated with medication, many people are pleasantly surprised by how little discomfort they experience after the procedure.
Step 2 – Waiting
Most dental surgeons will use dissolvable stitches, which are more convenient and efficient, but otherwise, a short visit to have them removed may be necessary.
During this time, the jawbone and implant unite by growing into one another, which usually takes between three and five months, and this is an essential step as it provides a strong base for the new tooth. Patients may feel some post-surgery discomfort but are unlikely to experience any long-term pain.
Step 3 – Placing the abutment
In some instances, the abutment is attached during the initial procedure, but if not, then another minor surgery will need to be done, opening the gum once again. The abutment is connected to the implant, after which the tissue is closed around, but not over this new feature. It’s the time to wait until the jawbone is strong enough to support the artificial tooth.
Step 4 – Selecting New Teeth
Once the gums are healed, which usually takes about two weeks, your dental surgeon will make impressions to construct a realistic-looking crown, This is custom made at a laboratory, specifically to your specifications and doesn’t usually take longer than a week.
There are then several options to choose from regarding dental implants. Fixed teeth are permanently attached, whereas the removable option is mounted on a frame that can quickly be taken out for cleaning or repairs. Discussing your wants and needs with your dental surgeon will help you find a solution that suits you best.
Step 5 – Recovery
The implant will now look and function just like a natural tooth. As with natural teeth, good oral hygiene is essential and combined with regular dentist check-ups, the new tooth is likely to last a lifetime.