Dental implant surgery can be a scary time, especially when you do not know what to expect before heading in. With that said, knowing exactly what to expect out of the process can ease nerves and give you an understanding of what lies ahead of you, which ultimately makes the process, and subsequently any pain involved, easier to deal with.
Overall, dental implant surgery is a seamless process and only takes several hours to complete after the preparation is finished. There is also no pain during the procedure as some form of anesthetic is used, also the pain post-surgery is very manageable.
Preparation for surgery
Before the surgery begins, the dentist has to prepare the patient for the surgery. First and foremost, on the first visit, the dentist is likely to ensure that a dental implant is indeed the best course of action. After confirming that the patient is a good candidate for the procedure, she or he gathers as much information as possible before the surgery begins.
The first thing a dentist is likely to do after examining the patient’s set of teeth is to take an X-ray, which gives the dentist a better idea about the structure of the teeth and what exactly needs to be done during the dental implant surgery.
After X-rays and confirmation that the patient is a candidate for dental implant surgery, the next step is to take an impression of the patient’s teeth. The impression is then sent to a laboratory where the actual dental implant replacement is formed.
The day of surgery
In many cases, the entire surgical procedure can be done in one visit. In other instances, the abutment placement may require a second procedure. However, the entire process doesn’t take long and the end result is a healthy set of teeth that function well and look good.
Step 1: Drill hole in the jawbone
After the anesthetic takes effect, the first step of the surgery is to drill a hole in the jawbone, which is not as invasive as it probably sounds. During this same step, there is likely to be an incision made in the gums as well.
Step 2: Implant insertion
After opening up the passageway, the next step is to insert the dental implant. The dental implant is inserted into your jaw bone, serving as the root for your new set of teeth. In some instances, a bone graft may be needed before inserting the dental implant.
Step 3: Abutment placement
The abutment placement is tricky only because the timing is not exact and the same in every instance. In some cases, the abutment can be placed directly after the dental implant insertion. However, there is also a likelihood that the abutment will not be placed until the jawbone fuses with the dental implant.
Step 4: Crown placement
Lastly, the crown is placed and the process is finished. A crown is not needed in every instance, but it helps to improve the cosmetic value overall. Although there may be some pain directly after the initial surgery, the dental implant should last for years without any issues and feel and serve as a healthy tooth.
Go to https://www.pleasantdental.net for dental implant information or call Pleasant Dental at (203) 290-3648.
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