24/10/2019 0 Comments
What to Expect During Dental Implant Treatment
If you are considering dental implants, you don’t have to be intimidated or scared. It is one of the most reliable options for replacing missing teeth and has gained a lot of popularity. They are made to feel, look and act like natural teeth.
In Northland Village Dental Centre, our dentists are dedicated to providing high-quality dental care services. We are capable, compassionate and try our best to make the overall experience of clients as relaxing as possible.
In this blog post, our dentists explain about what happens during a dental implant treatment.
Dental implants are surgical fixtures implanted into the mouth and jaw for replacing missing teeth. They are mostly made of titanium and surgically placed by oral surgeons. The bone gradually grows around the implant, helping to hold the teeth in place. This preserves the structure of the remaining teeth and keeps the chewing process natural.
How Long the Process Takes
The time required for the procedure is determined by different factors such as:
• Dental health of the patient
• The number of teeth involved
• Type of teeth that are to be replaced
• Whether tooth extraction is needed before implant placement
These factors will decide the total number of visits that are required during the treatment period.
Is the Treatment Painful?
There is discomfort with any form of surgery. Oral sedation or local anesthesia is used to relax the patient during the procedure. Your dentist will also prescribe medications to ease discomfort that may occur later.
Preparing for the Surgery
Your dentist will provide you with certain pre-operative instructions that are to be followed. These may include:
• Rinsing your mouth with special anti-bacterial mouthwash.
• Prescribing antibiotics to be taken a few days before surgery as a preventative measure.
• Advising you to have a good breakfast on the day of surgery, unless the procedure will be done under IV sedation.
• Having a friend or a family member bring you to the appointment and drive home if IV sedation or oral sedatives are involved.
Day of the Surgery
There are two phases to dental implants surgery. The procedures during both phases are mentioned below.
The first phase
Your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia for the surgery.
• An incision will be made in the gums to expose the bones.
• A specialized drill will be used for creating space in the bone for the implant.
• The implant will be screwed in.
• After the implant is in place, a second component will be screwed in and it will remain during the healing process.
• The gums will be closed over the implant with a stitch.
• The implant will become securely attached to the bone over the next few months.
The second phase
• This starts with the re-exposure of the implant. A new incision is be made in the gums for exposing the implant unless a separate component is placed on the implant above the gums.
• A minor extension is placed on the implant for taking an impression. This particular component is what is used to fit the new crown.
• Several appointments are needed to make the new implant crown. The steps usually include making impressions of the teeth. Precise working models for your mouth are made from these impressions and carefully mounted for proper alignment.
• The last step is the placement of the new crown. In certain cases, depending on the tooth that is to be restored, the dentist may want to check the new crown before it is finished to check its fit and shape.
It is okay to have some swelling and small bruises in the gum which are treated with ordinary painkillers such as hydrocodone, ibuprofen or codeine.
Let Northland Village Dental Centre Help
Our centre is well equipped for providing cosmetic dentistry services, emergency dental care and more to help maintain your oral health.
For more insight into tooth pain, read our blog post - Most Common Reasons for Tooth Pain.
Call us to learn more about our services.