About Dental Implants
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent option for tooth (or multiple teeth) loss. Implants are the most durable option of restorative care. Implants may also be used to support a dental bridge or crown. Implants today are of extremely high quality, and are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Most dental implants are made of a titanium alloy.
What to know before your procedure
Please note that receiving an implant will require multiple appointments. Consult your dentist for a specific time frame.
Dental Implant Procedures
About the Procedure
A small hole is drilled at the edentulous (the area where there is no tooth). After the initial hole has been drilled, it must be widened in order to allow for placement of the implant screw. A protective screw is then placed on top of the implant to allow it to heal. After several months, the protective screw is removed, and a temporary crown is placed on top of the dental implants. The crown allows the gum line to surround the teeth naturally. Once the gum has developed properly over time, the temporary crown will be removed and a permanent crown will be put in its place. This completes the process of a dental implant.
Post procedure Care
Patients who have just received one or more dental implants will have sensitivity to regular brushing. The dentist typically provides a special mouthwash for patients to use the first couple of days after the procedure. Once the sensitivity subsides, regular brushing and flossing of implants is very important.
What to expect
It is normal to experience sensitivity after undergoing implant surgery. Since there are several steps to the completion of an implant, reactions to each procedure may vary from patient to patient. But, don’t hesitate in calling us if there is any excessive pain or swelling.