Being nervous about a surgery or medical procedure is normal. Dental Implants surgery isn’t something that should conjure fear. The procedure is quick, simple, and can be done in-office by an oral surgeon. Before you go into your dental implant surgery, understand what dental implants are, why you need them, and the steps to the dental implants surgery.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws that act as tooth roots in the gums and fuse to the jawbone over time. These titanium screws will have abutments adhere to them and then a crown or bridge will go over the abutment.
Dental implants look, feel, and act, just like your natural teeth. Single tooth implants, small diameter implants, implant supported dentures, and fixed zirconia bridges are all options at The Dental Implant Place.
Why do I need Dental Implants?
Dental implants surgery replaces missing teeth. There are cosmetic reasons to get dental implants such as having a healthy-looking smile. However, there are many other reasons why implants are needed for oral health as well.
When you get dental implants, you stop adjacent teeth from shifting and moving due to the lost tooth. Shifting teeth can cause crowding, uneven teeth, and more dental complications. Implants also stimulate bone growth. This means your bone will not deteriorate when you have dental implants. Implants can also preserve your speech patterns, face shape, and structure.
Dental implants reduce your risk for bacterial infections in gum sockets. Reducing your risk for bacterial infection also reduces your risk for gum disease, adjacent tooth decay, and gingivitis.
Implants are a great alternative to dentures because they are a permanent solution to smile restoration. They are not removable and can be cleaned just like your natural teeth. Dental implant patients don’t have to worry about slipping dentures or losing their dentures.
The Dental Implants Surgery Procedure
Dental implants surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in the oral surgeon or dentist office. There are several steps to the dental implant procedure.
For tooth extractions, most dentists use local anesthetic. However, The Dental Implant Place practices minimally invasive surgery. Because this means much less discomfort and trauma, local anesthetic isn’t usually needed!
- If you still have damaged or decayed teeth, these will be extracted first.
- A bone graft will be performed if necessary.
- After the bone graft heals, the implant procedure can begin.
- The dentist will place the titanium implant under your gums, into the jawbone.
- A healing time of several months will need to go by before permanent abutments and crowns can be placed. At The Dental Implant Place, our minimally invasive surgery will reduce your healing time – usually to only a few months.
- A temporary set of teeth or crowns will be placed until the healing process is over so that the patient still has teeth.
- Molds of the patient’s mouth and teeth will be taken.
- A laboratory makes custom crowns or bridges (At the Dental Implant Place, this is done in-house).
- Crowns or bridges are placed for permanent dental implants.
When crowns and bridges are placed for permanence, anesthesia is not usually needed or used. When the abutments are placed, most dentists will reopen your gums. Unless there is a highly unusual circumstance, The Dental Implant Place won’t do this. Dr. Steve Brown’s minimally invasive approach means that your gums will be allowed to heal and that your abutment will be placed during the implant procedure. Your dentist may prescribe additional surgical procedures, antibiotics, prescription pain relievers, and anti-inflammatory medications during or after your surgery.
After Dental Implants Surgery
Most oral surgeons and dentists make you return to the office several times to ensure the dental implants are successful. At The Dental Implant Place, you will usually only need to return for a few post-op visits. After each step of the procedure, soft foods and clear liquids diet are appropriate. Patients may experience several symptoms after their dental implant surgery including:
- Facial swelling
- Gum swelling
- Facial bruising
- Oral pain
- Slight bleeding
If you are experiencing severe bleeding or pain that is not under control with your prescribed pain relievers, go to the emergency room or contact the emergency/on-call oral surgeon associated with your dental office.
Most dental implants are successful. On average, only 5% of dental implants fail. At The Dental Implant Place, the rate is even lower at less than 1%! Some implants fail early due to infections that can happen when bacteria enter the implant site. Late implant failure is usually due to periodontal disease and aggressive bone loss. When you are choosing a dental professional for your dental implant surgery, choose a surgeon who has placed thousands of implants with amazing success.
The Dental Implant Place focuses on implants. It’s all they do. Trust Dr. Steve Brown, who has placed over 10,000 dental implants since opening the business in 2007. Dr. Brown’s staff as over 50 years of experience and The Dental Implant Place is a leader in the implant industry. Click here to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Brown.