Seeking treatment when you have severely damaged, decayed, or missing teeth is out of the question. This is to restore your chewing ability, beautiful smile, and oral health as well as prevent serious complications such as jawbone loss, bite misalignment, misshapen facial structure, and further tooth loss. If you have decided to go with dental implants, it would be helpful that you learn about what this treatment involves. This post from Sydney Dental will guide you through what happens before, during, and after a dental implant surgery.

dental implant surgery

So wait no more, let’s dive right in to know what you are getting into in your journey of getting the smile you deserve back!

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1. What is dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery is a procedure where the tooth roots are replaced with screw-like titanium posts to restore severely damaged or missing teeth using fake teeth that look and function like original ones.

What happens in dental implant surgery is largely dependent on the type of dental implants you are receiving and the state of your jawbone. Generally speaking, it may entail a couple of procedures.

2. Who and how does dental implant surgery help?

Dental implants are supposed to be put tightly into your jawbone to play as alternative tooth roots. After a process called osseointegration where the implant posts get fused into the jawbone, dental implants will be secured in place and able to hold a top prosthesis for the success of the surgery.

Dental implant treatment may be suitable for those who:

  • Have lost one, multiple, or all teeth in the mouth;
  • Have a jaw that has fully developed;
  • Have a sufficient density of healthy jawbone or are eligible for a bone grafting procedure;
  • Have oral tissues that are healthy;
  • Don’t have any bone, clotting, and autoimmune disorders;
  • Are unable to or don’t want to wear conventional dentures;
  • Want to have their speech improved;
  • Are willing to invest their time of multiple months in the treatment;
  • Are not a smoker or a tobacco user.

3. What to expect from a dental implant surgery?

3.1. Before dental implant surgery

As dental implants usually require multiple procedures, the dental care provider will make sure to give you a comprehensive assessment as preparation for the surgery. This comprises:

  • Extensive oral examination. The dentist will give you X-rays and 3D scanning then take measurements of your teeth and jaw;
  • Review of your medical and dental history. The dental provider will ask if you have or had any dental conditions and tell you to provide your list of current medications and supplements. If you have certain heart diseases or orthopedic implants, they may give you antibiotics to take prior to surgery to keep infection away;
  • Your treatment plan. Based on your overall and dental health as well as your needs, the dentist will make the most optimal treatment plan for you.
dental implant surgery
dental implant surgery

3.2. During dental implant surgery

Most of the time, dental implant surgery happens in multiple stages and steps that involve several procedures and different visits to the dentist. Usually, the steps are as below.

Inserting the dental implant

During this procedure, the oral surgeon will first give you local anesthesia or IV sedation to keep you painless and comfortable over the course of the surgery. Then, they will create a small incision into the gum to reveal the jawbone underneath. Next, they use a specialized drill to make an access hole into the bone and place an implant deep into it. Finally, the surgeon closes the access hole over your implant. A temporary tooth restoration can be placed on top for looks which can be removed for cleaning or before bed.

Osseointegration or healing

Following the implant placement, it will take you several months to heal. This is the time needed for a process called osseointegration where the new implant gets anchored into the jawbone. After osseointegration is complete, the implant can play as a stable ground to hold the top tooth restoration, which can be a dental crown, bridge, or denture.

Attaching the abutment

After the implant has become part of your body, you can come back to have an abutment, which is a piece used to connect the implant with the top prosthesis. This minor surgery is performed with the help of a numbing medication so you won’t feel any pain.

To place the abutment, the oral surgeon will first reopen your gum to expose the implant under. Then they will proceed to attach the abutment onto the dental implant. And lastly, they close the gum tissue around the abutment.

Sometimes the abutment can be placed as the same appointment as the implant placement. However, as some people don’t like the look of the abutment protruding from their gum line during the recovery process, they usually have it as a separate procedure.

Placing the tooth restoration

After the abutment is attached, the patient will heal at home for around two weeks then come in for the last step – having a restoration placed on top of the abutment. This restoration can be a crown that is made in the lab based on the impressions of your teeth and jaw. This is to ensure the most natural looks and feels in the mouth.

3.3. After dental implant surgery

Regardless of the number of stages that you have a dental implant treatment, side effects of mild degrees can happen, which is not a rare thing for any surgical procedures. These discomforts can be:

  • Swollen gums or face;
  • Bruised skin and gums;
  • Pain around the implant wound;
  • Mild bleeding.

The oral surgeon may direct you to take pain relievers and antibiotics to ease these discomforts after surgery. However, if the side effects persist or worsen after days following surgery, seek medical help for timely evaluation and treatment.

After each stage of implant surgery, you are likely advised to have soft or liquid foods to facilitate healing of the implant site. The oral surgeon usually uses absorbable sutures for the surgery.l if the stitches are not designed to dissolve on their own, the surgeon will remove it.

dental implant surgery
dental implant surgery

4. How to care for dental implants?

Dental implants require maintenance similar to that for your original teeth. Therefore, make sure to do the following to keep them in good condition and last for a long time:

  • Practice proper oral hygiene. Keep your implants, prostheses, and gum tissue clean by brushing, flossing, and rinsing at least twice every day;
  • Pay regular visits to the dentist. This is for periodic checkups and cleanings to rule out any problems and keep up your oral wellness;
  • Drop bad habits, such as chewing on hard foods as it can break your crowns and natural teeth and refraining from tobacco products and caffeine. If you have bruxism, get treatment to avoid breaking your implants and teeth.

5. A note from Sydney Dental

Hopefully we have answered all of your questions regarding dental implant surgery, including what it means, its benefits as well as stages and steps. If you would like to find out more about dental implants and your candidacy, do not hesitate to reach us Sydney Dental. We are at 499-501 Ba Hat St, Ward 8, District 10, HCMC looking forward to your visit all along! 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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