Implants are an excellent long-term investment for anybody who wants 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 had 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, and they are positioned where the implant will sit. Here, a metal post is placed.
Before the next step, there will be a hole that 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. However, this is nothing to be concerned about and treatment can be had with medication; most 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. Otherwise, a short visit to have them removed may be necessary.
During this time, the jawbone and implant unite by growing into one another. It usually takes three and five months, and it’s an essential step because it provides a strong base for the new tooth. Patients may feel some post-surgery discomfort, but they 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 be done where the gum is opened again.
The abutment is connected to the implant after the tissue is closed around, but not over this new feature. During this time, you have 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 two weeks), your dental surgeon will make impressions to construct a realistic-looking crown.
This is custom made at a laboratory according to your specifications and doesn’t take longer than a week. There are several options that you can 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. Combined with regular dentist check-ups, the new tooth is likely to last you a lifetime.