What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery

February 20, 2018
What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In case you need to replace any missing teeth, you have the option of getting dental implants. Doing this can have several advantages, but before you make the decision to do so, you should know what to expect.

 

What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery

Before Surgery

  • Before anything else, your dentist will need to evaluate you beforehand to determine the risks. They will ask about your medical and dental history, along with any medication that might affect the process. If there are any dental issues in the way, such as the need for a tooth extraction, your dentist will also inform you so you can deal with them.
  • Your dentist will also need to take an impression of your mouth to serve as a guide for the shape of the implant. The impression will also make it easier for your dentist to work through the actual surgery.
  • If your dentist determines that your jawbone is not thick enough for the surgery, then you may also need a bone graft to strengthen it. The necessary bone can be grafted from elsewhere on your body, or the dentist can use artificial bone material. If there is very little that needs to be done, you can carry on with the surgery on the day itself.
  • Prior to the surgery, the dentist will provide you with an antibacterial mouthwash. On the day itself, if you have to be sedated for the procedure, you should refrain from eating the night before. You will also need to secure transportation to and from the clinic as you will not be fit to drive.

What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery

During Surgery

  • Like any other dental operation, there will be some amount of discomfort, but the dentist will apply anaesthetic to the area. You can discuss anaesthetic options with your dentist if you are uncomfortable.
  • The surgery proper will start with the dentist making an incision in your gum to expose the bone.
  • Your dentist will use a drill to make space in your jawbone for the implant. Then, the implant will be screwed into place, and your gums sewed up over it.
  • It may take some months for the base to integrate with your jawbone. This will make the base of the implant more secure by fusing the metal of the base into your jawbone, and give your gums time to heal from the first surgery.
  • After the implant has had time to fuse with your jawbone, you can start the second phase of the operation. The dentist will make another incision in your gums to expose the implant again.
  • An extension will be attached to the implant where the dentist will eventually place the crown.
  • The dentist may take some more impressions of your mouth to make sure that the crown fits in perfectly in your mouth.
  • When the crown is finally made, the dentist will fit it onto the abutment.

 

What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery

After Surgery

  • After surgery, there may be some complications including: minor bruising, slight bleeding, facial swelling, pain, etc. These can be treated with painkillers, which your dentist can provide you.
  • You will need transportation from the clinic, but you should be able to return to work the next day.
  • Some of the after-care for the surgery includes: avoid eating hard food, use antibacterial rinse to avoid infection, brush and floss regularly, etc.
  • There may also be some complications, which include: gum infection, possible bone loss, rejection of the implant, etc.
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