Nowadays, dental implants have become so popular, and many people go to the dentist asking for a dental implant, but before thinking about having one, we should first demystify the dental implant procedure and know about all the steps.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is something similar to the original tooth in shape but not material, as implants are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material and that means it doesn’t cause any harm.
When do I need to have a dental implant?
Dental implants are medical devices or prostheses that substitute a lost tooth, and in fact, dental implants are considered the best choice for substituting a lost tooth, but that’s in case of having enough jaw bone and little or no resorption.
Moreover, dental implants are better than other alternatives such as dentures because implants are fixed in the bone and thus have the potential to last a lifetime, and they don’t cause discomfort or need modifications.
Because of the high cost of implants, sometimes we can make a denture that’s supported by two or more implants to give it more stability and get some benefits of implants.
Now, after knowing the meaning and indications of dental implants, let’s get familiar with the procedure of placing dental implants.
Placing an implant
The procedure of placing a dental implant is a surgical procedure that involves many steps starting with local anesthesia administration, then drilling a hole in the jaw which is made for receiving the first part of the implant that is called the implant fixture.
After evaluating the jaw state, Dr. Ostromecki may decide to add a bone graft to increase the implant success rate.
The patient’s jaw will need some time for healing and recovery, so after 2-6 months, the dentist will add the second part of the implant, which is the implant abutment, and this step occurs by exposing the implant and adding the abutment.
After surgery, the patient may experience some symptoms such as bruising of the jaw, pain, swelling of the face and gingiva, and also you may have some bleeding that will resolve over time.
Don’t worry at all as the process of adding the abutment is very easy and is done in no time. After that, you need to allow time for healing, which is determined by Dr. Ostromecki according to your case.
Now the fun part. You need to add the crown, after which all that hassle had paid off. As soon as your gums heal, Dr. Ostromecki can take impressions of the abutment and do shade selection in order to send them to the lab and fabricate your crown.
Following an aftercare program after surgery will help you reach the best results. By regular teeth brushing, flossing, maintaining a healthy diet, and also quitting smoking as nicotine has many bad effects, including slowing down gingival healing and causing infections.