A dental implant is a surgical component. It interfaces with the bone of the patient’s jaw or skull. Implants support a dental prosthesis such as crowns, dentures, bridges and also act as orthodontic anchors. They provide a strong foundation for replaceable fixed or temporary teeth.
Since a dental implant is fixed, it does not allow an individual to slur when speaking. Eating and chewing on food is much easier because implants do not slip around like dentures sometimes do. A dental implant procedure helps to restore the lost functions of your teeth. Colin M. McKinney, DMD has a team of experts who can tell you all you need to know about dental implants.
Procedure Of Installing Dental Implants
Before the procedure begins, X-rays of the patient’s mouth are taken, and the mouth is examined for any potential issues that need attention. The patient’s medical history is also checked for certain health issues like heart conditions, diabetes, and others.
The patient is then put on anesthesia, and the procedure begins. The gums of the individual are cut slightly to expose the bone underneath. A hole is then drilled into the bone, and the implant metal post is to be placed in this hole. This post serves as the root of the tooth. After the placement of the post, you need to wait for the osseointegration process of the bone to complete. This process will take a few months to finish as the bone grows into the implant surface.
Next is the abutment placement. An abutment is a part on which the crown is placed. For placing the abutment, the gum tissue is opened once again, and the implant is exposed. The abutment is placed over it, and the gum tissue is closed around the abutment. Your gums are then left to heal for two weeks.
When the gums heal, our dentist will take impressions of the mouth for the crown to be placed on the abutment. Once built, the crown, which serves as the artificial tooth, is then placed over the abutment. This can be either removable or temporary.
What You May Face During Or After The Procedure
During the procedure or after it has been completed, an individual may face some discomfort such as swelling of the gums and face, pain, bruising of the skin and gums, and minor bleeding. The dentist will prescribe medication to reduce all of these effects. If the swelling or bleeding is abnormal, a quick visit to the dentist is essential. It is recommended to eat soft foods during the procedure as the site of the implant is healing.
Aftercare Of A Dental Implant Procedure And Its Durability
Aftercare of a dental implant procedure involves simple steps like brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups, and avoiding damaging habits like chewing on very hard things, and avoiding tooth staining items like tobacco and caffeine.
Dental implants are durable and can last for a very long time, but the life span can be reduced in accidental cases like facial injuries, falls, biting on very hard things, and bruxism conditions.
For more information on dental implants and any questions you may have, you can reach out to us at (772) 266-2223 and can also consult our experts directly at Colin M. McKinney, DMD.