Are you missing a tooth and having a hard time chewing? Do you need a tooth pulled and want to know what you’ll do with the space? Have you been told you need a bridge to fill a gap where a tooth is missing, but don’t want all the drilling? Keep scrolling as Maegan Elam, DDS & Associates, shares all the insights you need to know about the dental implant procedure.
If you are scheduled for a dental implant procedure, you may need to know what a dental implant is. Well, a dental implant doesn’t replace the tooth but plays the role of a root. Dental implants are manufactured with grooves (just like screws) for easier embedding into the jawbone. After some time, the implant integrates with the jawbone, establishing a sturdy foundation for an artificial tooth.
Since implants can last for decades or longer with proper care, no wonder they have become a popular tooth replacement. But is everyone a candidate for the procedure? If you have sufficient bone density in the jaw, you are a perfect candidate for dental implants. However, this doesn’t mean that patients with severe bone loss can’t benefit from the procedure. With tremendous advancement in dental technology, your dentist can rebuild the jawbone with a bone grafting process.
If you are a smoker, pregnant, undergoing chemotherapy, or have medical conditions like heart disease, please inform your dentist so that they can tailor-make the procedure for optimal results.
You know that dental implants are pivotal in teeth replacement, but do you know that the procedure has other valuable benefits? Here are the advantages of dental implants:
If you are about to undergo a dental implant procedure, you are among the over 5 million Americans that benefit from the process every year. And it’s not rocket science figuring the popularity of the procedure given the many benefits it packs.
Since dental implants are placed surgically, it’s not uncommon for patients to ask whether they are likely to experience pain during the procedure. If you are receiving a single implant, local anesthesia will be applied to the affected region.
Because of the anesthesia, you are unlikely to experience any pain. If you are undergoing a full mouth dental procedure, you will be placed under general anesthesia. This way, you won’t feel any pain throughout the process.
When the anesthesia wears off, you will likely experience some tenderness in your mouth in the first few days. Your dentist may recommend painkillers, but this may not be necessary since many patients carry on without the need for any medication. However, if you are experiencing significant pain after three days, please schedule an appointment with your dentist for a follow-up.