Losing one or more teeth can be a life-changing factor, but dental implants allow you to restore full tooth function and the appearance of your smile. If you want to have a durable, strong and flawless implant, you need to know the essentials about the necessary steps after implant placement and take good care of them.
Dental implants are a good alternative to missing teeth, which are naturally better than other dental alternatives. Dental implant placement methods include placing a metal base, a screw similar to the jawbone to replace a missing tooth root, and supporting a denture.
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The process of placing dental implants depends on the patient’s physical condition. This procedure takes several months to ensure the success of the implant procedure and go through various stages. The uniqueness of dental implants is their fusion with the jawbone. This fusion is known as osseointegration and takes up most of the treatment time.
During this session, the dentist will perform a comprehensive evaluation, including X-rays, CT scans, examining the patient’s medical history, and dental impressions to determine the patient’s eligibility for dental implants and prepare him or her for the procedure. X-rays and 3D scans show the condition of the jawbone.
The dentist needs to know the patient’s medical history, any medications they are currently using, including supplements, prescriptions, and so on.
Patients who are poorer in terms of dental hygiene and care may receive antibiotics before surgery to prevent possible infection.
The dentist will then discuss the treatment plan with the patient, including the timeline, the various steps, and the necessary care instructions. If a bone graft is needed (to strengthen the jawbone), the dentist will tell the patient.
The dentist will review the treatment plan for the number of missing teeth and the condition of the existing teeth and jawbone. If the patient suffers from anxiety about dental implant placement, the dentist will take steps to keep the patient comfortable during the operation.
During the initial consultation, patients can talk to their dentist about their fears and concerns, and ask your dentist for possible ways to minimize pain. You can ask about the risks of infection, implant rejection, potential allergies, and possible nerve damage.
To clarify the treatment process, you can also ask the dentist about the necessary steps after implant placement. The essence of initial counseling is for patients to receive all the information they need before starting treatment.
Before placing the implant base, patients can do the following to make the procedure as painless and bleeding-free as possible:
During the operation, the dentist makes an incision in the gums to expose the bones and see where the missing tooth is. Although the process of dental implants is different for each patient, most people find that postoperative discomfort is less than they expected. The use of prescribed analgesics is usually sufficient to manage postoperative pain.
After placing the implant base, there will be a slit in the missing tooth. The dentist may place a temporary implant on the base if necessary. Osteogenesis begins immediately and can take several months because the jawbone must be fused with a dental implant to serve as a solid foundation for a new denture.
At the end of the implant fusion with the bone, the dentist will place the abutment (the piece that connects the crown to the implant). This operation is performed on an outpatient basis and takes about an hour. The abutment can also be placed immediately after implant placement. After placing the abutment, the patient needs time to heal the jaw before attaching the crown.
Your doctor or other hospital staff member may:
Immediately after waking up after a dental implant, a patient may feel: