Dental implants are a highly effective solution for those with missing or damaged teeth. Whether it’s from an accident, decay, or simply aging, losing a tooth can impact both your appearance and your ability to chew properly. Dental implants can restore your smile and help you regain full functionality in your mouth.
However, undergoing any type of surgery can be intimidating, so it’s important to know what to expect before you schedule your procedure. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what you can expect during a dental implant procedure at Dentessentials.
Step 1: Consultation and Evaluation
Making an appointment with your dentist for a consultation is the first step in getting a dental implant. Your dentist will assess your oral health and decide if you are a good candidate for the procedure during this appointment. They will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone and take X-rays to determine the quality and density of your bone.
If you have any underlying dental issues, such as gum disease or decay, your dentist will need to address those issues before moving forward with the implant procedure. To make sure you are fit for the procedure, they will also go over your medical history, including any medications you are currently taking.
Step 2: Implant Placement
Once you have been cleared for the procedure, the next step is implant placement. This involves inserting a small titanium post into your jawbone. The post serves as the foundation for the implant and is left to fuse with the bone over the course of several months. The implant placement procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort.
Your dentist will make a small incision in your gum tissue and drill a hole into your jawbone where the implant will be placed. The implant is then screwed into the hole and covered with a protective cap while it heals.
Step 3: Abutment Placement
After your implant has had time to fuse with your jawbone, the next step is to place the abutment. This is a small metal connector that attaches to the implant and supports the crown (or replacement tooth). This procedure is typically done under local anesthesia, and the abutment is attached to the implant using a small screw.
Step 4: Crown Placement
The final step in the dental implant procedure is crown placement. This involves attaching a custom-made crown to the abutment to create a natural-looking replacement tooth. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to ensure that the crown fits perfectly and looks like your natural teeth.
The crown is typically made from porcelain or ceramic and is designed to match the shape and color of your natural teeth. Once the crown is attached to the abutment, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure that your bite is comfortable and your new tooth functions properly.
Step 5: Aftercare
After the procedure, you’ll need to take care of the implant site to ensure proper healing. You should continue to brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. It’s also important to attend all follow-up appointments with your dentist so they can monitor your healing progress and ensure that the implant is properly fusing with the bone.
- Avoiding hard or crunchy foods
- Using a special mouthwash to prevent infection
- Taking pain medication as needed
- Applying ice to reduce swelling
A dental implant can provide a long-term solution for missing teeth that looks and functions like natural teeth. By understanding what to expect during each step of the procedure, you can feel more confident and prepared for your implant placement.