Are you thinking of getting a dental implant or getting ready to get your first one?
Having any work done on your teeth is stress-inducing for many people. When you go for a more severe procedure having a lot of anxiety isn’t uncommon.
Knowing what to expect can help prepare you for the procedure and ease any nerves you have. This post will help with that.
Keep reading to learn what you can expect for your dental implant procedure.
Preparing for the Procedure
To prepare for the procedure, you will first need to decide what kind of dental implant you will receive.
A removable implant is similar to a full or partial denture. It consists of an artificial white tooth that is surrounded by a plastic gum.
A fixed implant will be permanently attached to your gum through the use of a screw or cement. Unlike the removable option, it doesn’t need extra cleaning and can be maintained as you do with the rest of your teeth.
Before your procedure, your doctor may give you a few steps to prepare. This preparation can range from using an anti-bacterial wash to using antibiotics before the procedures. Your dentist will inform you about what exactly you need to do.
During the Procedure
A dental implant usually takes place in two phases.
For the first phase, an incision will be made in your mouth to implant a bone graft. This procedure is done first because it will take time for it to become securely attached to the bone.
If this isn’t done, then your crown and implant can become dislodged when chewing.
The second phase takes place several months later. During this phase, your crown is then attached to the metal post on the bone graft.
During each procedure, you will be administered anaesthesia that will numb the pain to make you comfortable during the process.
After the process is completed, you may experience some discomfort that is typical with other dental procedures.
- Gum and face swelling
- Pain around the implant
- Minor bleeding
- Bruised gums and skin
Your doctor will prescribe you with medication after your procedure is done to treat any of these side-effects.
Your implant site will also need time to heal. To allow for this, you should avoid hard foods. Keep this up until your wound has healed.
Now that you have completed your procedure you will need to continue to maintain your teeth. Make sure you brush and floss every day to maintain your tooth and implant health. You will also need to keep regular dentist appointments so your dentist can make sure your implant is functioning correctly.
Don’t Be Nervous About Your Dental Implant Procedure
You might be nervous about your dental implant procedure, but rest assured your dentist will take good care of you. The success rate for the procedure is high, and afterwards, your teeth will look much better.
Are you ready to schedule your tooth implant procedure? Contact us today, and we will set up a consultation.