Dental implant placement is the simplest stage of the process, but also the least complicated. During this procedure, implants can be strategically placed under the gum line and placed into the location of reconstructed tooth roots.
A dental implant surgeon may need an X-ray to determine exactly the place of the post or the bone if needed. When treatment plans are approved, implants can be placed quickly after surgery. After determining if the implant has become strong enough through x-rays, your oral surgeon will put in a titanium post to act as an anchor for your dental crown or bridge.
This part of the procedure usually takes less than half an hour because the dentist has to remove parts of your gum tissue and attach it directly onto the implant with a small screw retained. Implanting procedures may be performed in the presence or absence of anesthesia depending on the patient’s choice and the complexity of the situation.
Once this step is finished, the final step in the dental implant restoration process is to put in your permanent teeth that look completely like the natural teeth. The dentist will secure the dental crowns, single tooth bridge, or veneers over the titanium post so it would be securely attached to your smile. You will not have any problems eating or talking after this step has been completed because your new smile would feel like the real thing!
What Happens After Dental Implant Placement?
While you are in the process of getting your dental implant restoration, it is important to remember that you cannot eat hard food for one to two weeks until after the dental crowns have been attached.
Care and Maintenance
Implantation works as you would your normal teeth but requires maintenance to maintain their long-term health. If you want to keep the teeth properly cleaned and inspected, it is important that you do the correct procedures.
Take good care of your teeth – brush them daily with a gentle hand and soft-bristled brush. Make sure to avoid any oral care products that are rough on those pearly whites, as well as smoking! Most importantly, don’t forget the important visits to your dentist’s office; regular checkups can help keep you healthy for the long haul.
If you are interested in getting more information about dental implant restoration, give us a call here at Keels Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. We have been providing our patients with the best service for years!
Can Dental Implants Be Redone?
Yes, dental implants can be redone. If an implant is not successful the first time, or if it becomes damaged due to an accident or illness, it may need to be replaced. This process is known as a “re-implantation” and usually involves removing the existing implant and inserting a new one in its place. In some cases, the existing dental implant can be “refurbished” in order to make it look and feel more like a natural tooth.