5 Things to Expect when Receiving Dental Implants
Dental implants consist of a titanium root that replaces the lost or damaged root of your tooth. They may be necessary for patients who suffer mouth trauma through sports injuries or accidental damage. In addition, some patients whose teeth suffer due to old age or genetic predisposition to deep decay may need to receive implants as part of their dental services.
Receiving an implant from an expert prosthodontist is a great option for those who want to enjoy the beauty and health of their teeth fully. Before you go in, though, you should know what to expect from your treatment plan. Understanding the basics of your treatment will help you prepare and avoid surprises.
1. Your Inspection
Before you receive your implant, the prosthodontist needs to examine not only your tooth damage, but also your mouth as a whole. You should be generally healthy and free of gum disease to be a good candidate for the procedure, so regular dental services help prepare you for this kind of event. The kind of root you need will depend on the condition, size, and depth of your jaw. Each mouth is different, and an experienced, skilled specialist will personalize your dental services according to your needs.
2. Pulling the Old Tooth and Installing the Root
After the inspection, if you have part or all of the tooth that needs to be replaced, your prosthodontist will remove what is left of it. This includes any required cleaning and disinfecting of the area and the prep work for your artificial root.
Your prosthodontist will place your artificial titanium root into your jaw. This material is designed to bond with the jawbone, allowing your implant to serve as a permanent replacement for your lost tooth. Depending on the structure of your mouth, your prosthodontist may affix the root to the surface of your jawbone or drill and insert it into the bone. You will be numbed for the procedure and will have pain medication recommended for when the anesthetic wears off.
3. Time to Wait
After the prosthodontist inserts the artificial root, you will have to wait for a period of time before you receive your prosthetic tooth. This allows the titanium to bond with your jawbone. For a dental implant to serve as a permanent replacement, it needs to go through this chemical process, called osseointegration, to stabilize and affix itself fully to your mouth. It may take as long as three months for this process to complete. You will then be ready to receive the prosthetic.
4. Your Prosthetic Tooth
Once the artificial root is fully integrated, you are ready to receive the prosthetic tooth. The abutment is the part that attaches the titanium root to your porcelain tooth, holding everything in place for potentially the rest of your life. The prosthetic looks great and is designed and fitted for your mouth.
5. Practice Good Dental Hygiene
After you receive the tooth, you still have to take care of your mouth. Brush and floss it just as you would a regular tooth and continue to visit your dentist every six months. If you take care of your teeth and your implant together, you can have a strong mouth and a beautiful smile for the rest of your life.
Your mouth is not the same as anyone else’s. When you see an experienced independent prosthodontist at Stefan Dental, you receive the focused, personalized dental services that will give you the best results. We will take care of you and make your smile strong and beautiful for years to come.
For more information about how you can benefit from receiving a dental implant, don’t hesitate to contact us today!