A dental implant procedure is actually made up of a number of smaller procedures and can take quite a few months to be fully completed. Your personal circumstances will determine which smaller procedures are required, and how long it takes to recover.
During the tooth implant procedure your lost or missing teeth roots will be replaced with artificial roots or screws, and a crown will be placed over the top so that the replacement tooth looks and functions like your natural tooth.
How Does The Implant Procedure Work?
The exact details of the procedure are very dependant on the condition of your jaw bone and the type of implant that you will have. If you need a bone graft or sinus lift, or the damaged tooth to be removed before implant surgery, this will impact on the procedure and timelines.
Preparing For Dental Implant Surgery
Before you can move forward with implant surgery, you will need a comprehensive examination to be performed. During the examination your dentist will take dental x-rays and make casts of your mouth and teeth.
On the back of the examination, your dentist will draw up a treatment plan that is customised to your case. Your dentist will note the number of teeth to be replaced, what state your jaw is in and whether you need to involve specialists.
What Can You Expect From Dental Implant Surgery?
If your damaged tooth is still in your mouth, it will need to be removed. Once this is done, your jaw will undergo preparation for surgery. If you require a bone graft, it would likely be done at this stage. Then, you need to wait while your jaw heals and recovers. How long this takes depends very much on you, but this can take a few months to complete.
Once your dentist is satisfied with your progress the dental implant will be inserted into your jawbone. Sometimes, the abutment can be placed at the same time as the implant. In other cases, your dentist may recommend waiting for healing to be complete before placing the abutment.
After placing the implant in your jaw, you will wait for a process called osseointegration to take place. When this happens, your jawbone grows around the implant site, and integrates it into your jaw.
In order for the abutment to be placed, your gums will need to be cut into and exposed in order for it to be attached to the implant base. If the abutment is placed at the same time as your implant, it will eliminate an additional surgical step from your procedure.
When your dentist is satisfied with the way your soft tissue has healed he or she will take a cast of your mouth and teeth from which to make the crown.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?
The dental implant surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and the amount of time spent in the dentist’s chair is relatively short. Overall, the length of the entire procedure will depend on your complications and the amount of time your body takes to heal itself.
What Can You Expect After Implant Surgery?
Thanks to modern dentistry the implant procedure is quicker and more efficient than ever, but it is still surgery and you can expect to experience some minor discomforts afterwards.
Some swelling and bruising in your gums (and face, depending on the site of the implant), is quite normal. Slight pain or discomfort and minor bleeding can also be expected. These symptoms should improve with time, so if you do experience any decline, you are urged to speak to your dentist as soon as possible.
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