Dental Implants Procedure
What Benefits Do Implants Provide?
Dental implants provide several benefits, including:
Before receiving dental implants, a consultation is required to make sure your jaw, and you, are healthy enough to undergo surgery. We will visually examine your mouth, checking the condition of your teeth and gums for signs of decay and infection. Your consultation will also include digital images, which allow us to assess the condition of your jawbone and determine if there is sufficient bone mass to support implants. The images will allow us to determine if a bone graft is necessary, as well as plot an effective treatment plan for your specific needs.
The Day of Surgery
If implants are determined to be an ideal treatment for you, we then schedule you for surgery. On the day of your procedure, we begin by administering a local anesthetic, which ensures that you will not feel any pain. We will also provide you with sedation, which will allow you to remain relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. We make incisions in the gum tissue, exposing the bone underneath. Small holes are drilled into the bone according to your treatment plan, and the implants are placed inside. Finally, the gums are sutured closed around the implants, leaving a small amount exposed above the tissue. Temporary teeth are placed, and you are sent home to begin healing.
The Recovery Process
Recovering from dental implant surgery is a process that can take several weeks to several months. As you heal, your bone begins to fuse with the titanium posts, integrating them into the jaw. Over time, they become stable roots that will provide support for your replacement teeth. During this time, it is important that you rest. You should avoid doing any strenuous activities, especially in the early phases of healing. You should also be eating nutritious soft, even liquid, foods. As you heal, you can slowly begin to resume your normal activities and diet. It is also essential that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, which will help to prevent bacterial buildup and reduce your risk of infection. We will schedule periodic follow-up visits to monitor your progress and make sure that the implants are integrating properly.
The Final Steps
When you have fully healed from surgery, we can then begin the process of placing your permanent replacement teeth. First, the temporary teeth are removed, and the abutments are placed. Next, impressions are taken. We send your impressions to a dental lab, where your new teeth will be created. It can take up to a couple of weeks for the teeth to be completed, so the temporary teeth are put back in the meantime. Once the permanent teeth have been sent back, we secure them into place on your implant posts with small screws, and you leave the office with a brand-new, fully functional, completely natural looking teeth.
While the process for dental implants may take some time, the benefits often far outweigh the drawbacks. Call Winning Smile Dental Group today to schedule your consultation and find out if dental implants are the right choice for you at (224) 307-4977.