What to Expect During the Dental Implant Procedure
Have you recently lost a tooth? If so, you may be a candidate for the dental implant procedure.
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that’s made out of a titanium alloy. We can use implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth through an implant-supported bridge, or an entire arch of teeth through implant-supported dentures.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are embedded in the jawbone for the ultimate stability while you eat, talk, and smile. They also help prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Here’s what you can expect during the dental implant procedure.
First, your dentist will need to determine if you’re a good candidate for the dental implant procedure. For example, you’ll need to have sufficient bone density in your jaw to support the implant. You’ll also need a healthy immune system to undergo the.
In general, someone who smokes may not be a. This is because smoking inhibits the body’s natural ability to heal itself. But it’s important to keep in mind that each patient is different.
Ultimately, you won’t know whether you’re a candidate for dental implants until you speak with one of our dentists. They’ll be able to create a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your smile goals.
Implant Placement and Recovery
If you’re a candidate for dental implants, we’ll set up an appointment for your surgery. During the surgery, your dentist will make an incision in the gums and surgically embed the implant in your jawbone.
Over the next several months, the implant will fuse to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Your dentist will monitor your recovery during this time to ensure the implant is stable and secure before placing the crown over top.
As the final step, we’ll place an abutment and crown over your dental implant. This will give you the full appearance and function of a natural tooth.
Your dentist will ensure that the crown is the proper size, shape, and shade to match the rest of your smile. They’ll also make sure that you’re able to bite down properly with your new dental crown. That way, you’ll be able to eat, smile, and talk with confidence.
Your dental implants will last longer if you practice good dental hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. You’ll also need to floss once a day to remove any plaque or food particles that could be hiding between teeth.
We also recommend that you continue seeing your dentist for preventive care at least every 6 months. That way, we can continue to monitor your oral health and help you maintain a healthy smile.
To learn more, check out our FAQ page for dental implants.
Request an Appointment With Robinson Dental
Want to learn if you’re a candidate for dental implants? Our dentists in Cascade, Coopersville and Wayland would be more than happy to help you explore your tooth replacement options. To request an appointment, call Robinson Dental at 1-888-WE-C-U-NOW.