A dental implant is a titanium screw-like post that acts as an artificial tooth root. A small hole is made in the jawbone. Then, the implant is inserted into the bone. Once it has healed, a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture is attached to the implant.
What is the process of getting a dental implant?
Your dental crown will be custom-made by a skilled dental technician. First, the dentist will take x-rays and a digital mold of your mouth. Then, the mold will be sent to a dental lab, where a dental technician will craft the dental crown. It can take up to two weeks for the technician to finish crafting the dental crown. Meanwhile, we will place a titanium dental implant in the jawbone and allow it to heal, which could often take a few months. During your next visit to the dentist, the dentist will attach the dental crown by cementing it to the dental implant.
A dental implant is a surgical procedure. The procedure of getting dental implants can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours per implant. Your dentist will give you details regarding the exact length of your procedure. In some cases, it can take longer. For example, your dental implant procedure may take longer if your dentist has to remove teeth or place bone grafts before your dental implant procedure.
What happens after getting a dental implant?
After the implant is placed, it will heal and fuse with the jawbone to create a stable foundation. After the implant has healed, the artificial tooth can be attached. After the implant has healed, it will function just like a natural tooth. Implants are not susceptible to decay or infection the way natural teeth are, making them a long-lasting restoration.
Dental implant benefits
Dental implants are the only treatment option that replaces both the tooth and tooth root. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. Once healed, dental implants can be used like natural teeth for chewing, biting, and speaking. The jaw bones naturally begin to shrink after tooth loss occurs. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents jaw bone loss.
Are dental implants painful?
No! In fact, the dental implant process is relatively painless. For patients who do experience discomfort or pain, it usually dissipates within a few days after the procedure. Even during the implantation surgery, you wouldn’t experience any pain as we would administer local anesthesia before commencing the procedure. However, for patients who undergo bone grafting surgery, the recovery process may take a few weeks.
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