What You Should Know About Dental Implants

You may be thinking about removing your damaged or decayed teeth, but you don’t need or want dentures. You are thinking about obtaining a dental implant, but you aren’t sure about the process and any pain involved. An implant is a way to fix one or more damaged, broken or decayed natural teeth.

An Implant Replaces a Natural Tooth with a Porcelain One

 An implant does more than replace a natural tooth. It reinforces the area where the extracted tooth was at the root. In fact, a small metal rod is implanted into the gum area to act as the root. Once the tiny rod is inserted into the gun, a porcelain tooth is screwed onto the metal. The porcelain tooth looks just like your natural tooth. This is different from dentures. Dentures required removing all the teeth so that the denture can slide onto your gums.  

Obtaining an Implant does include Undergoing Surgery  

You will need to undergosurgery to get your dental implants anchorage or implants. The procedure is performed a variety of ways depending on the condition of your jaw, where your gums are located, and the type of implant needed. Before you undergo surgery, your surgeon will have a list of things for you to do. For example, you must rinse with clorhexidine or another type of antibacterial mouthwash. You may be allowed to eat prior to the surgery depending on the type of pain medication you will take. You can eat a meal if you are having local anesthesia to numb the pain during the procedure. If you are having IV sedition, you cannot each anything after midnight. You must have someone drive you home after the procedure.

 The Implant Procedure Usually Happens in Two Phases  

During the procedure, an incision is made into the gum area to get to your jawbone. This will only happen in the area where the mental rod will be implanted. A special, quiet drill is used to create the needed space in the jawbone for the implant. The tiny metal rod will be placed in the jawbone. The second part of the implant will be implanted. The gum is closed and stitched up or the second area will be worked on if you are getting another implant. After the procedure ends, you must wait about two months for the implant to fuse with your jawbone.  

The second phase will occur months later. Your oral surgeon will re-expose the implant by making a small incision in your gum area. A tiny extension is added to the implant to make a mold of the new tooth. The procedure ends. You must wait for the crown, which is made from porcelain. At another dental appointment, the crown or crowns are screwed onto the mental rods.  

Your implanted tooth must be cared for just like your natural teeth. You must go to regular checkup every six months, brush and floss too. The implant can last more than 20 years as long as you properly care for it.  

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