Dental implant surgery

Dental implant surgery

Overview

Dental implant surgery is often used for replacing damaged or missing teeth. In this procedure, metal material is used to ensure better look and function of the tooth.

Why it’s done

It is done for:

  • For one or more missing teeth
  • For healthy oral tissues
  • For bone healing
  • To improve speech

Risks

  • Risks include:
  • Infection
  • Injury or damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus problems

How you prepare

  • Comprehensive dental exam – Done with dental X-rays and 3D images.
  • Review of medical history – Discussion about past health conditions.
  • Treatment plan discussion – Discussion of tailored decisions of treatment depending on the patient’s conditions.

What you can expect

It may involve multiple steps:

  • Damaged tooth removal
  • Jawbone preparation
  • Dental implant placement
  • Abutment placement
  • Artificial tooth placement
  • When bone grafting is required

In case when jawbone is not thick enough to support implant, bone grafting may be required. This can ensure powerful chewing action and proper support for implant.

Placing the dental implant.

In order to complete the dental implant surgery, the dentist will make holes into the teeth bone so as to place the metal post-implant. This will serve as a root for missing tooth.

Waiting for bone growth

After metal implant is already placed, osseointegration is performed. In this process, the jawbone grows which provide a solid base for an artificial tooth.

Placing the abutment

Further, some patients need additional surgery of placement of abutment. This is the piece of crown which is attached to implant.

Choosing your new artificial teeth

After the gums heal properly, impressions of the tooth are taken. Using this impression, crown is prepared and placed to ensure realistic-looking tooth placement.

After the procedure

You may observe the following:

  • Swelling over face
  • Bruising of gums
  • Minor pain
  • Minor bleeding
  • Medications are often suggested for the same.

Results

In most of the cases, dental implants are successful. The result may vary as per the care is taken by the patients after the surgery.

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