Replacing missing teeth can help to improve your smile and prevent issues with crowding, misalignment or functionality. Implants have quickly become the go-to choice for many patients. The implant itself is inserted deep into your jawbone and is able to fuse with the bone itself. Over time, your implant becomes an essential part of your smile and can hold onto crowns, bridges and complete overdentures.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is typically made of titanium, making it a reliable and sturdy part of your smile. The implant can be placed in an area where a tooth is missing, or it can be used to hold a fixed bridge or denture firmly in place. Implants are stable and solid once they have been given time to integrate with the underlying bone. They can last for decades before any type of repair or replacement may be needed, but most patients have their implants for a lifetime.
Are They Painful?
The dental implant procedure is a type of oral surgery. With any and all types of oral surgery, you can expect some pain and swelling after the anesthetic has worn off. This pain should only be minor, and it should begin to dissipate after just two or three days. After the first week, you’ll find that the implant is simply sore rather than painful. If you experience severe pain weeks or months after having an implant placed, it is important to come into the office to be seen. Once the implant has been given a few months to completely heal, any tenderness or soreness should be gone. Following surgery, we will provide you with an antimicrobial oral rinse as well as a pain reliever to help get through the next few days.
What Can You Expect During and After Surgery?
The procedure will involve making an incision through the gums and inserting the titanium implant post deep into the jawbone. Over the course of just three to nine months, the implant fuses with the bone. This process is painless and is typically only seen on a dental x-ray. Once this occurs, we will make a crown, fixed bridge or overdenture that will sit on top of the freshly healed implant. If you’re experiencing any post-operative complications, it is important to reach out for help. Keeping your mouth clean and following all post-operative care instructions can help to minimize problems.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment to come in for a consultation regarding implants, call us today so that we can get you into our office offering low wait times and one-on-one care.