An Overview of Dental Implant Procedure Steps

An Overview of Dental Implant Procedure Steps

Posted by HEALTHY SMILES OF BIRMINGHAM on Feb 12 2021, 09:14 AM

We understand how skeptical one can be when looking forward to having dental implants. Many patients react hysterically to the idea of getting a screw-like structure implanted in their jawbone. However, with the right mindset and prior knowledge of everything you would experience when you sit in that dental chair to get an implant, things can get easier. 

The process involved in dental implant

  • As said earlier, the implant looks like a screw and is placed into your jaw. There is nothing to worry about, as the dentist would take care of you and your teeth. Trust the dentist.
  • The next step would take place in the next two to six months after fixing the implant. This period is needed to enable your bone and implant to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth.
  • However, in usual cases, to protect the implant, wearing a temporary tooth replacement is suggested.
  • The following step involves the addition of an extension. It needs uncovering of the implant.  
  • The temporary healing cap becomes the foundation on which the new tooth is placed. 
  • After these steps, gentle care of the gum is suggested. In a couple of weeks, the gum heals. 
  • In the final step, a crown is placed on the implant to give a real look to your tooth. 
  • The crown will be attached using a small metal post called an abutment.

These are the usual steps of a dental implant. They might vary according to your specific needs.

Post-Operative instructions

  • Avoid touching, spitting, or rinsing the wound on the day of surgery. 
  • It’s normal after implant surgery to have some bleeding or redness in the mouth for 24 hours. To reduce it, you can bite a gauze. 
  • Swelling is natural after surgery. To minimize it, you can use an ice pack on the operated area.
  • Avoid drinking hot beverages on the day of surgery.
  • Take the medicines prescribed by the dentist on time.
  • Healing would take time, use the prescribed rinse and follow the instructions carefully.
  • Avoid the consumption of tobacco products in any form or any type after implants. This would hinder the healing process and might even result in implant failure. 
  • Avoid heavy exercise for a few days following the surgery as it might lead to bleeding. 
  • It is advised not to use partial, full dentures or flippers directly after surgery or at least ten days afterward.

Be patient and calm during the procedure to enjoy a long-lasting dental implant.

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