When it comes to recreating teeth, there’s no better solution than dental implants. This is because an implant can mimic the look and feel of a real tooth and offer numerous health benefits due to the lack of infection and lower maintenance requirements than conventional dentures. In today’s blog, we thought we’d take a deep dive into all things dental implants, including why people get them and what to expect after dental implants.
What to expect after dental implants: Frequently Asked Questions
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a false tooth created using acrylic, attached to a small titanium rod. This screws into the jawbone, creating an artificial root that bone grows around.
What happens during the dental implant procedure?
A dental implant procedure may occur over a few stages, depending on how many are needed. A patient can typically expect the following:
- A dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth to get an idea of your bone strength and idea of where to place implants.
- You’ll be given anaesthetic, and a dentist will drill small holes into your jawbone.
- The titanium rods will be placed in, and the bone will be given time to grow around the new implant.
- Your bone will begin to fuse with the rods, also known as ‘osseointegration’ – this can take up to six months.
- Your dentist will screw the abutment (what connects rod to false tooth) onto the rod (this takes approx. two weeks to heal).
- Finally, your dentist will attach the crown to the abutment.
What to expect after dental implants?
After a dental implant, you can expect to have some minor swelling, bruising and pain, as well as bleeding from the gums. This is all completely normal, but you should get in contact with your dentist if pain is severe or there are signs of infection or nerve damage.
What to expect after tooth implant: When would a dental implant be used?
Dental implants are typically used when a patient is one or few teeth missing or can be used for implant retained dentures. This involves installing four implants, which act as an anchor the dentures can slide onto. If a patient has trouble keeping in dentures, shows no sign of gum disease and doesn’t have any conditions that affect bone healing, they may be eligible for dental implants.
Why people choose dental implants
Though dentures are an easy solution for many, some denture wearers have trouble keeping them in place. This can be especially true for traditional lower dentures, as there is no suction holding them. If a patient is only missing a few teeth, getting dental implants is often much easier than wearing a partial denture.
Doesn’t interfere with lifestyle
Dentures need to be taken out at night and rinsed after every meal, but with dental implants, you won’t have to worry about removing them.
Reduce chances of jawbone deteriorating
When the jawbone loses teeth, it loses the roots that keep the bone stimulated and strong. This is why you often see elderly people with little to no chin, as the jawbone has almost completely deteriorated. Adding dental implants into the bone helps to recreate the root of a tooth, stimulating the bone and keeping it strong.
Better oral health
If you don’t care for your dentures properly, you may become susceptible to multiple bacteria related health problems. This is because food can become easily trapped between the gum and dentures, causing irritation, swollen gums, denture related stomatitis or even gum disease.
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