Dental implants can be the right thing for you if you are suffering from one or several missing teeth. These implants are designed to be alike your original teeth in terms of functioning, sensation, and looks. The dental implant procedure basically involves giving you new prosthetic tooth roots to hold restoration teeth on top. The implants are to be anchored into your jawbone for the whole thing to be a strong base to hold the artificial tooth. 

Dental implant procedure
Dental implant procedure

Let Sydney Dental guide you through the basics of a dental implant procedure so you will have your questions answered and be able to make the best choice for yourself or a loved one. Wait no more, let’s get into it!

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1. What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an outpatient surgical procedure. The dental implant is made of titanium and other materials to play as the tooth root fused with the jawbone. The titanum root is a base that securely holds the restoration teeth. 

It requires a few dental visits to complete a dental implant treatment, including a consultation, implant placement, and artificial teeth attachment.

2. Who is not a good candidate for an implant?

Dental implants may not be a good fit for some people due to certain risk factors, specifically if they: 

  • Are less than 18 years of age, this is because most dentists will only give dental implants to those whose jaw has stopped growing;
  • Smoke or use tobacco;
  • Have substantial loss of the jaw bone;
  • Practice improper oral hygiene;
  • Have deep tooth cavities;
  • Have existing periodontal disease;
  • Suffer from health problems, like bone or autoimmune diseases;

3. And who is a good fit for dental implants?

Those whose health is good enough to receive a normal tooth extraction or dental surgery can be a candidate for dental implants. They should also have:

  • Healthy gums;
  • Enough bone for the implants to be bonded to;
  • Decent oral hygiene;
  • Frequent visits to the dentist.

Thorough examination needs to be done before dental implants for patients who:

  • Are chronic smokers;
  • Have out-of-control chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart problems;
  • Are undergoing radiation therapy in the head or neck.

Whatever the case is, always consult with your dentist to see if dental implants are a good fit for you. Every patient has a different health history and conditions so if you want to know for sure, contact the dental provider for advice and recommendations.

Dental implant procedure
Dental implant procedure

4. Benefits of a dental implant

Implants are used to store one or more missing teeth due to a trauma, disease, infection, or decay. As you consult your dentist at the initial visit, they may give you tooth restoration alternatives such as bridges or dentures for you to consider as well.

During your consultation, the dental care provider will let you know whether you have enough jawbone for an implant procedure. If you don’t, the dental provider may recommend a bone graft to restore your jawbone so you can be qualified for the implant procedure.

5. Pre-procedure preparation

Before a dental implant, you will have an initial consultation with the dentist. At the appointment, you will be given a thorough examination, X-rays, and discussion about your implant treatment plan.

As the dentist has determined that you’re healthy enough and come up with the treatment plan, they will set up a surgery appointment for you. If general anesthesia is recommended for your treatment, you will need to ask someone to give you a ride home in advance on the day of the procedure.

5.1. Location

The implant is usually carried out at a dental facility by a team of dental professionals in restorative dentistry and oral surgery. 

5.2. Diet

If the dentist is using numbing medication on you, you may have a light meal several hours prior to the dental implant surgery. If it’s local anesthesia, you’ll be told not to have anything after midnight the night prior to the procedure as your stomach will need to be empty.

5.3. Medications

The dental provider may give you antibiotics to be taken a couple of days ahead of the procedure to prevent the risk of an implant failure. They may as well give you an antibacterial mouthwash to rinse your mouth with.

5.4. Pre-procedure lifestyle changes

Dental implant success rate will be lower for smokers because smoking hinders the healing process. If that is the case, have a discussion with your dental provider about your candidacy for a dental implant treatment.

6. During the procedure

The dentist will recommend the type of dental implants for you. Sometimes it is okay for the restoration tooth to be secured on top of the newly placed implant on the same day. Nonetheless, most of the time, the implant treatment can take a few months at different visits to the dentist.

During the first treatment stage, i.e. the implant placement, local anesthesia will be applied to numb up your mouth so you will feel zero pain and discomfort. Sometimes, based on the particular needs of the patient, IV sedation can be used.

Next step involves making a small incision in your gums to place the implant into the jawbone where the lost tooth is. After that, the dentist will seal the gums over the implant to keep it covered.

The patient will have their recovery at home and come back for the second stage of the treatment after several months. That allows time for the implant to be fused with the jawbone for it to be secure enough for holding the implant. This is also referred to as osseointegration.

As the healing process varies for each individual, it can take some time up to 6 months for the patient to be ready for the dental implant placement. In some special cases, a patient can have the dental implant done in only 1 dental clinic.

The dental provider will then check if your dental implant is secure in place. If everything goes smoothly, they will put an abutment over the dental post to hold the artificial tooth.

Once your gums are healed, impressions of your teeth will be taken to make a custom artificial tooth, also known as a crown. This crown is then bound to the inserted abutment for the treatment to be completed.

Dental implant procedure
Dental implant procedure

7. The recovery time

If general anesthesia is used, you’ll get slightly dizzy for a couple of hours following surgery. Therefore, don’t forget to ask someone for a ride home afterwards.

Some side effects like a little bleeding, swelling, bruising, and pain, may occur following the procedure. The dentist will advise you to go with liquids and soft foods as you enter the healing phase. Any pain you may experience can be alleviated by OTC medications like Advil (ibuprofen).

8. The aftercare

Considering dental implants are like the real deal, proper care includes brushing, flossing, rinsing on a daily basis and periodic oral visits.

You can help your dental work — and remaining natural teeth — last longer if you:

  • Commit to thorough oral hygiene. Try to keep your dental implants, false teeth, and gum tissue clean just like your original teeth by bruising, flossing, and rinsing on a daily basis;
  • Pay regular visits to the dentist. Have checkups with the dental provider to make sure your implants are functioning properly and healthy. Also receive in-clinic cleanings as advised by the dentist;
  • Avoid poor dental habits. Avoid chewing on hard foods, like ice or hard candy because these can cause breakage to your restoration like crows or even your original teeth. Also refrain from tobacco and products containing caffeine to prevent staining of teeth. If you have bruxism, meaning you grind or clench teeth, seek medical attention.

9. A note from Sydney Dental

Hopefully this read has provided you with a good idea of what dental implant surgery is, the procedure, its candidacy, and how to maintain the results as well as if it is something you need for the time being. If you are still unsure of which treatment to go with for a new unforgettably stunning smile in your particular case, do not hesitate to reach out to us Sydney Dental. We are at 499-501 Ba Hat St, Ward 8, District 10, HCMC looking forward to your visit. You may also call us at (028) 3504 9440 for a free no-obligation comprehensive consultation. Your pretty, shiny smile is 100% guaranteed at Sydney Dental!

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