The dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care want their patients to know what to expect during a dental implant procedure. Every procedure is individual and unique to each patient, but there are some steps in a dental implant procedure that are routine.
There is more than one way to replace a tooth, or teeth. Permanent dental implants, mini dental implants and dentures are three ways. For this article, we focus on dental implants.
A dental implant is made of titanium and is surgically placed into your jaw, by a dentist. The implant looks like a screw, and is placed into the jaw bone. The implant mimics the root of your tooth and lessens the effects of bone loss because of missing teeth. After the implant is placed, a tooth will be formed and placed on top of it.
How long does it take to do a dental implant?
Every patient and procedure is unique, but there are factors that determine the length of time it takes for the dental implant procedure including:
- You overall dental health
- The number of teeth, and which teeth are, being replaced
- Whether teeth will need to be extracted and bone grafting performed before the implant procedure
Is a dental implant treatment painful?
As with any dental surgery, there can be discomfort. The amount of discomfort is unique to each patient, but the dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care are committed to making dental procedures pain-free as possible.
Our office provides various levels of sedation dentistry to our patients. Talk with us prior to your treatment to determine the level of sedation you require as there are levels that require you having a ride to and from your appointment.
Many of our patients report they were more comfortable during the procedure than they anticipated. You may leave the appointment with a prescription for a non-narcotic pain medication to take to address any potential pain.
What happens after a dental implant procedure?
You may have soreness and swelling in the gum and soft tissues surrounding the area in which the dental implant was placed. The discomfort will be treated with a non-narcotic painkiller. Chances are, you won’t have to worry about missing work the next day. Many of our patients also tell us they didn’t even need to take the pain medication.
What happens during the D?
A dental implant will typically be accomplished in two phases and it may take up to seven months for the entire process to be complete – this depends on your rate of healing. During the procedure the following occur:
- Your mouth will be thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia
- Once you’re numb, an incision is made in your gum where the implant will go
- The implant will be screwed into place
- Your gums will be closed over the implant and you may have one or two stitches placed
- Over the course of several months, the implant will securely attach itself to the jaw bone
The second phase of the dental implant procedure will take place approximately three months later and includes a visit to our office to complete the process. The second phase involves:
- The dentist making a small incision in the gum to expose the implant
- A small extension will be placed on the implant; this is where the crown will be placed
- Your new crown will be made and your dentist will place it onto the implant
Is there special care I need to take with my dental implant?
Dental implants will be cared for just like you care for your regular teeth. You will brush and floss and schedule regular dental examinations and check-ups.