In the past few decades, dental implants have risen in popularity as a solution for missing teeth. Implants are usually the most reliable way to fix a broken or missing tooth, and they can last an entire lifetime. The surgery may seem painful or intimidating at first, but the process is usually very straightforward and painless.
When you lose a tooth, the surrounding bone decreases in width and height. If this becomes severe, it can result in functional problems in the jaw. Titanium implants can prevent this bone loss and can help maintain a strong and healthy jaw. Inserting an implant is usually a minor procedure. Before the surgery, your dentist will take an X-ray or a CT scan of your teeth and jaw to determine where exactly the implant should be placed.
Your dentist will probably use local anesthesia during the implant procedure. Then, he will make a few small incisions in the gum tissue to reveal the bone before preparing a small hole in the bone. After he has prepared the bone, he will begin a drilling procedure that gradually increases the size of the hole until it’s the correct shape for the implant.
As soon as your dentist finishes the drilling procedure, he will place the implant into the hole and close the incisions in the gums. Some stitches are self-absorbing and do not need to be removed, but your dentist may use standard stitches that will need to be removed in a couple of weeks. He may take another X-ray after the procedure to ensure the implant has been placed in the correct position.
Most people don’t experience severe pain and only require aspirin or ibuprofen following the procedure. You may experience slight discomfort and swelling in the two or three days after you receive your implant. While the gums and stitches heal, you should eat soft foods to avoid damaging the area. This will probably last for 10 to 14 days.
In the months following the implant procedure, the implant will fuse to the bone. This sometimes takes up to six months. Once the implant is fully attached, your dentist will attach the abutment to the top of the implant. Then, he will take an impression of the abutment to create the crown.
You can care for your new crown and implant like your natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist twice a year. Once you get used to the new crown, it should feel like a natural tooth.
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