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Are you considering dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth? If so, it’s essential to understand the dental implant surgery process and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Dental implant surgery is a common procedure with a high success rate, but there are various factors to consider before making your decision.

When Is Dental Implant Surgery Necessary?

Dental implant surgery is necessary when patients need to replace one or more missing teeth due to various reasons. One common reason is tooth decay or dental trauma, which may necessitate extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with a dental implant. Additionally, gum disease, genetics, and age may lead to tooth loss, requiring implants to restore patients’ oral health and improve their quality of life through smile restoration.

What Happens During a Dental Implant Procedure?

The dental implant surgery process occurs in stages, with each stage involving different steps to ensure that the implant integrates correctly with the patient’s jawbone and provides long-term stability. Below is a step-by-step guide to the dental implant process:

Step 1: Initial Consultation

Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to determine whether you are a good candidate for the implant procedure. They may take X-rays, CBCT scans, digital impressions and photographs to assess your oral health and develop a personalized treatment plan. Your dentist will also explain the procedure’s benefits and risks, answer your questions, and discuss your dental sedation options.

Step 2: Tooth Extraction

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth that needs to be extracted, your dentist will extract it prior to implant surgery. Oftentimes a graft is necessary to maintain the proper bone dimensions while everything heals, this can take up to 6 months. In some cases your dentist may be able to perform the tooth extraction and dental implant placement at the same time.

Step 3: Implant Surgery

Once your bone heals from tooth extraction, your dentist will surgically place the implant into your jawbone. They will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the bone and insert the implant. The best dental implants are made of titanium, which is very compatible with your body. You will wait 3-6 months allowing the implant to fuse with the bone in a process referred to as osseointegration

Step 4: Custom Abutment & Crown Placement

Following the integration phase (3-6 months), your dentist will create a custom-made abutment and crown. The abutment is a custom-made titanium component that attaches to the implant. It provides the proper contour to allow the crown to emerge from your gum tissues. The crown is fabricated to fit the shape of the custom abutment where it is then bonded together to create a strong and durable foundation that functions and feels like a natural tooth.

How Long Does Recovery From Dental Implant Surgery Take?

Recovery from dental implant surgery varies depending on your case complexity, the number of implants, and your general health. Generally, patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and temporary bleeding in the surgical area, which can be managed with over-the-counter medications and ice packs. Most patients can return to their daily activities within two to three days after the procedure. However, you should avoid smoking, hard or crunchy foods, and intense physical activity for at least a week or until your dentist clears them.

Dental implants are an excellent option to replace missing or damaged teeth for oral health restoration, improved speech, and a more confident smile. At Windham Family Dentistry, we offer a state-of-the-art facility and an experienced team to help guide you through the entire process. Our team is highly skilled in dental implant surgery, and we use advanced technology to ensure that the procedure is as efficient and comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about the dental implant process or pricing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams! So, go ahead and take that first step towards a healthier, more confident you by scheduling a consultation today!