Dental implants offer the ideal solution to replace broken or missing teeth for a healthy, more natural smile. If you’re wondering what to expect during and after this treatment, consult your dentist and read the following overview.
Before Choosing Dental Implants
Dental implants are permanent replacements for lost teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants anchor directly into the bone of your jaw to provide stability and mitigate bone loss caused by missing teeth. Implants will not decay and seldom require replacement, nor do they affect the surrounding teeth. They offer a full replacement of the natural tooth that will look and function as normal when the process is complete. Before dental implant surgery, your dentist will perform a comprehensive exam to ensure you don’t have any current conditions, such as periodontal disease, that could affect the procedure. If you smoke regularly or have inadequate bone density, your dentist may recommend other options.
During Implant Placement
The dental implant is surgically implanted into your jaw during a two-step process. First, a titanium post is implanted into the jaw and the bone is allowed to fuse with the implant as it heals over the course of a few months. Once your dentist has determined that your jaw has healed and fused with the post, an abutment and crown will be attached to the post and your dental implantation process will be complete.
Dental implant procedures are generally done with the aid of a local anesthetic. Talk to your dentist about pain medication and dietary restrictions after both visits. Your dentist will also review proper brushing and flossing procedure after your surgery. Oral care often involves avoiding the implant directly for the first two weeks following the procedure and using a prescribed mouthwash to keep the area clean before resuming gentle brushing around the site.
Dental implants give you the confidence to smile healthily and happily. Find out more by contacting The Smile Design Center of Baltimore, where we offer a number of general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Be sure to ask about sedation dentistry to make your trip more comfortable. To find out more, visit us online or call (443) 275-9821.