For a long time, dentures were the only solution people had after losing teeth. Thankfully, dentures have improved a lot thanks to technological and material advances. But now, there’s something even better. Dental implants are advantageous and a popular option for multiple reasons.
Dental implants are permanent artificial teeth. With this, you could have one tooth implanted or an entire mouthful of teeth. Today, dentists offer several different types of dental implants, which include placement and material.
Dental implant surgery involves having a titanium screw implanted into the jawbone. On top of that is a connector, also called an abutment, which is what the artificial tooth attaches to.
When implanted by a trained dental surgeon or a dentist who specializes in dental implants, not only will you have natural-looking and functioning teeth but also confidence knowing the procedure is both safe and predictable.
Now, it’s important to note that if you don’t have adequate bone strength to accommodate the implant, there’s still an option. In that case, the dental expert can perform a bone graft. After several weeks of healing, they can then move forward with the implant that yields the same exciting outcome.
Dental implant surgery is usually done in a dentist’s office. From start to finish, you can expect it to take between one and two hours, depending on the number of implants involved. As for the healing process, this typically takes three to six months. During that time, the implant heals around and with the surrounding bone tissue.
After having dental implant surgery, it’s crucial that you heed your dentist’s orders. That way, you’ll heal quickly and without experiencing any setbacks. It’s also critical that you maintain good oral hygiene throughout the recovery period. For the first day, you’ll rinse your mouth with a mixture of warm water and salt. Starting on day two, you’ll gently brush like normal.
Surprisingly, most patients don’t experience much pain at all during the dental implant surgery recovery time. After all, to implant the screw into the jawbone, the surgeon or dentist only has to make a very tiny incision. If acetaminophen or ibuprofen isn’t enough for pain, the dental professional will prescribe something stronger.
What’s so amazing is that after surgery, you can immediately start on liquids and soft foods. By day two or three, you can move on to a more traditional diet as long as chewing doesn’t cause any discomfort. You can expect slight tenderness and swelling but only for a few days.
Although complete healing can take up to six months, most people who have dental implant surgery achieve full recovery in just weeks. It all comes down to doing what the dental expert suggested and taking proper care of the mouth.
If you’re embarrassed by missing teeth, we can help. At Progressive Dental, we offer dental implant surgery, performed by a board-certified dental professional. Call us today at 708-980-0110 or visit us in Matteson, Illinois, to schedule a dental implant consulation. You’ll love the new you.