How Are Dental Implants Done?

Ever wondered how to fill in those gaps in your smile for good? Say hello to dental implants – your answer to a sturdy, natural-looking grin that’s here to stay.

Think of dental implants like tiny anchors that hold your new tooth firmly in place. But how do they work? Whether you’re curious about fixing your smile or just love learning new things, we have got you covered. So, let’s get started and uncover the secrets behind a smile that shines bright!

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Key Takeaways

  • Dental implants act as artificial roots for replacement teeth, made from titanium and placed into the jawbone.
  • The process includes a consultation, preparation steps like stopping smoking and ensuring good oral hygiene, surgical implant placement, healing time for bone to bond with the implant, and aftercare to maintain oral health.
  • Implants are safe for most people, using local anaesthesia during surgery to prevent pain. Good oral hygiene post-surgery is crucial for successful outcomes.

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What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium screws that are implanted into the jawbone to support false teeth. They provide a long-term solution for missing teeth, improve oral health, and restore confidence in one’s smile.

This method offers a long-term solution for people suffering from tooth loss due to reasons like periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury.

A smile begins with good dental care.

Placing dental implants involves preparing for the procedure, undergoing the surgical process, and following aftercare. Read more to understand how this is done.

Preparing for the Procedure

  1. Schedule a consultation with your dentist. They will check your mouth, take X-rays, and maybe 3D images. This helps them understand your jawbone’s condition.
  2. Discuss your medical history. Tell your dentist about any health problems and medicines you take. This includes over-the-counter drugs and supplements.
  3. Plan for tooth removal if needed. Some people have damaged or decayed teeth that need to be taken out before getting an implant.
  4. Stop smoking before surgery if you can. Smoking can slow healing and lower the success rate of the implant.

 

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  1. Eat a healthy meal before your appointment if you’re getting local anaesthetic only. If you’ll be under general anaesthesia, you might need to fast instead.
  2. Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure if you’re receiving sedation or general anaesthetic.
  3. Prepare your home for recovery by stocking up on soft foods and pain relief medication as advised by your dentist.
  4. Follow oral hygiene instructions from your dentist or hygienist closely before surgery to reduce the risk of infection.

The Surgical Process

The surgical process for placing dental implants involves several clear steps. Dentists and surgeons work together closely to ensure everything goes smoothly.

  1. The dentist examines your mouth to make sure you’re ready for an implant.
  2. Next, they take X – rays or CT scans of your jaw. This helps in planning where the implant should go.
  3. The area around the missing tooth is numbed with local anaesthesia. This makes sure you don’t feel any pain during surgery.
  4. The surgeon makes a small cut in your gum to expose the bone underneath.
  5. They then drill a hole into the bone where the implant, which acts like a screw, will sit.
  6. The metal post (implant) is placed into the hole in your jawbone. It serves as a new root for your tooth.
  7. A healing cap may be placed over the implant to protect it while your mouth heals.
  8. You have to wait several weeks or months for the bone to bond with the implant through osseointegration.
  9. Once bonded, another minor surgery opens up the gum above the implant.
  10. An abutment is attached to hold the new tooth in place securely.
  11. Lastly, a crown that looks like a natural tooth is placed on top of the abutment.

Your dentist gives detailed aftercare instructions to help heal properly and maintain oral hygiene with tools like soft-bristled toothbrushes, interdental brushes, and gentle mouthwashes.

Surgeons might use techniques such as sinus lifting or bone grafting if more support is needed for implants.

Regular check-ups are key after getting dental implants to ensure everything remains healthy and properly positioned.

The whole process requires patience but results in a strong and stable new tooth that can last many years with proper care.

Aftercare

Once the surgery for your dental implant is complete, taking proper care of it becomes crucial. This ensures your new tooth settles just right and lasts a long time.

  1. Follow your dentist’s advice on taking painkillers. You might need them to ease any discomfort after the procedure.
  2. Keep the implant site clean. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush around the area without directly touching it.
  3. Rinse your mouth with salt water or an antiseptic rinse to prevent infection. Do this several times a day, especially after meals.
  4. Avoid eating hard or sticky foods that could damage the implant. Choose soft foods like soups, yoghurts, and mashed potatoes for the first few days.
  5. Don’t smoke. Smoking can slow down healing and may harm the new tooth.
  6. Skip using straws for drinking. The sucking action can put pressure on the surgery site.
  7. Attend all follow-up appointments with your dentist or oral surgeon. They will check how well you are healing and remove stitches if needed.
  8. Use interdental brushes to clean between your teeth without harming your gums or the implant.
  9. Look out for signs of infection such as swelling, severe pain, or fever, and tell your dentist if they happen.

Proper aftercare helps avoid problems like peri-implantitis which is an infection that can occur around dental implants, causing damage similar to gum disease in natural teeth, but with timely care and attention, you can enjoy a healthy and strong dental implant for many years.

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