Dental implants are the closest solution to having natural teeth and provide long lasting results compared to other dental alternatives. Implants are like artificial tooth roots placed in the jawbone, that act as a base for one or more artificial teeth known as crowns. A connector or abutment is set on top of the implant to hold the crown in place. Adequate bone is required to support the implants. In some cases, bone grafts are needed to graft bone to the implant area. This helps provide that additional support required for the implants.
Many patients seek to have that beautiful smile that looks and feels natural, and dental implants provide that. If you have one or more missing teeth, then dental implants may be right for you.
The overall implant procedure is not painful, and most say getting a tooth removed is far more painful compared to a dental implant procedure. Our office meets with all of our patients to discuss the implant process, so our patients know what to expect every step of the way.
Local anesthesia is used to numb the gums and surrounding areas, so our patients remain calm and relaxed during the procedure. The overall procedure can take a few months depending on what is needed and how many teeth are replaced. A good part of the healing time is devoted to allowing the bone and jaw to heal with new bone growth.
After the procedure you may have the following:
- Bruising or swelling of the gums or face.
- Pain at the implant site
- Minor bleeding
The recover process is usually between 4-6 months after the procedure, but most patients can return to normal activity and tasks the next day. Antibiotics and pain relievers are recommended, and we advise our patients to contact us if pain or swelling gets worse. Soft foods are also recommended and as the site heals.
Overall, the recovery process can be managed to keep pain to a minimum. To assist in the healing process practice good oral hygiene and avoid chewing hard foot items or using products that can stain your teeth.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment and see how dental implants can benefit you.