Dental Implant Procedure
What to Expect Before, During and After Surgery + Ongoing Care
A dental implant procedure is the most effective solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. DHA understands many patients, despite advances in modern dentistry, are afraid of the dentist.
Before Dental Implant Surgery
What happens before surgery depends on whether or you’ve had your infected or damaged tooth removed. A dental implant can be done the same day as the tooth extraction.
During Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure which you will be sedated for. The surgery typically takes between one and two hours and you will not feel any pain or discomfort throughout this process. Your oral surgeon will make a cut to open your gum to expose the jawbone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the dental implant’s metal post will be placed-serving as the tooth’s root.
After Dental Implant Surgery and Recovery
At this point you will still have a gap where the tooth is missing while you wait for bone growth (osseointegration) which will fuse the implant to your jawbone creating a stable base for your new artificial tooth. For appearances we can provide a temporary denture.
You may experience some pain and discomfort up to 10 days after surgery. This can be controlled with over the counter medications like Advil, Tylenol or a prescription provided by your dentist. After 7-10 days you will return to your dentist to have your stitches removed. Before getting your artificial tooth placed it can take 4-6 months for the bone to fuse around your new implant.
Placing the Abutment
An abutment is the piece that attaches your crown or new artificial tooth to the implant. This process requires minor surgery done with local anesthesia. The abutment will be attached to the dental implant and requires one to two weeks recovery before your artificial tooth can be attached.
Custom Artificial Teeth
Once your jawbone is strong enough to support using your new tooth impressions from your mouth and remaining teeth will be used to create a custom realistic looking artificial tooth. You will be able to choose from a removable or fixed tooth.