Do you want to bring back the perfect smile you once had years ago?
You may have lost some of your teeth due to tooth decay, root canal failure, tooth injury, or congenital defects.
But the good news is, you can have it replaced to look and function again like your natural organic teeth, with a dental implant by the professionals at Hansen Dentistry. In this article, we aim to show you the benefits of dental implants and how the procedure is done.
How Is Dental Implant Done?
The dental implant procedure has three phases, and these are the pre-surgery, during surgery, and post-surgery. Each phase takes different time durations as dental implant involves natural healing of your bones.
Proper pre-planning procedures should be done to prepare your teeth for surgery. The methods involve studying the current state and placement of your teeth, and your bone quality through radiographic or x-ray examination, CT scan. This helps determine the contact between your upper and lower teeth for biting. Through this, the dentist will find out where and how your dental implant should exactly be placed in the bone to support your teeth and the condition of the bone which the implant will be placed.
If you feel uneasy and anxious thinking about the surgery, don’t hesitate to tell your dentist while it’s early, so he/she can assist you. In dental implants, a local anesthesia is usually put to numb your gums and not feel anything. The dentist can also give you anti-anxiety medication to relieve you before doing the surgery.
One of the most crucial parts in a dental implant procedure is the “site preparation.” This is where the implant will be placed. A small whole will be made in the bone. Many dentists use surgical guides that are made based on CT scans to make sure that the positioning of the implant is accurate.
After the hole has been drilled, the site is then slowly widened such that the implant screw fits into the site. After achieving the right size, the implant screw is inserted into the bone. A protective cover screw is the placed while the implant site and the gum tissues are still healing.
Anti-inflammatory medication is given to you by the dentist to lessen discomfort and swelling for about three days. Sometimes, antibiotics are also prescribed to help in the healing process of your gum tissues. The dentist will also give you recommendations on the healing process.
You will be advised to go back to the dentist after about six months. This time, the dentist will place an abutment to your implant. The abutment is the one that holds your crown or the tooth replacement. A temporary crown is then attached to the abutment to serve as a template for your permanent crown.
A dental implant procedure may take you a while to get back again that perfect smile you once had, but as cliche, as it can be, there’s no such thing as “get it quick” scheme. Trust your dentist and regain your beautiful smile with dental implants.