What to Expect During the Dental Implant Process

If you are tired of experiencing tooth pain, feeling your teeth shift around, having difficulty chewing, or simply struggling with weak or chipped teeth, getting dental implants may be a good solution. Dental implants take the place of your current teeth and make it easier to chew all kinds of foods. Read on to learn more about what to expect during the dental implant process.

Why Get Dental Implants?

Most adults have tried solutions to help solve dental issues, whether cosmetic or functional. Experts say that around 100 million people annually try teeth whitening treatments to improve the look of their smiles, whether at home or in a dental office. However, solutions like whitening are only addressing the look of the teeth, they do not solve the issues with the composition of the teeth that cause sensitivity and pain. This is where modern dentistry can help by offering solutions and replacements to make your bite stronger.

If you’ve tried other solutions, like dentures, crowns, or a partial bridge, to no avail, dental implants might be the right thing to improve your bite and your quality of life. They are a more permanent solution than dentures or removable partials. Dentures typically have to be taken out each night and regularly deep cleaned. Maintenance of dental implants over time is straightforward and less time-consuming than the other options out there.

How Does The Process of Getting Dental Implants Work?

The dental implant process can take months because your mouth has to heal between stages. To begin the dentist will assess the current condition of the teeth and jawbone, and create a treatment plan for the teeth that need to be replaced. Most dentists will try to keep as many of the natural teeth in place as possible, and only use implants to fill in the gaps or replace the unhealthy teeth. To do this, some teeth may need to be removed or re-positioned to make room.

Exactly how the implants are put in can vary based on the kind of implant used and the condition of the patient’s jawbone. The implants are screwed into the jawbone. If there is not enough bone in place, the implants will not take properly. In most cases, the dentist will begin by extracting any damaged or decaying teeth that are currently in place. Next, they will make sure the jawbone is healthy and perform preparation work to get the area ready. The dentist will also take molds of your current teeth so they can create implants that are the right size, shape, and color. This will ensure that the new teeth look natural when put in place, especially if they are being installed next to your teeth. The implants need to blend with these teeth so it isn’t obvious that they are newly placed in the mouth.

Setting the tooth implants in the right place in your mouth does involve minor surgery, which is done in the dentist’s office. Implants are set on a post that is put into the jawbone, taking the place of a normal tooth root. This helps stimulate the jaw bone and keep it in good condition. While this is being done, the dentist can administer a local anesthetic or gas to help eliminate any pain.

What Happens After Implants Are Put In?

The final part of the dental implant process is the healing. Once the implants are healed, you’ll return to the dentist for follow-up visits where the dentist will monitor them to make sure they are staying in place and fusing to the jawbone. Though the whole process can take months to complete, once it is done and healed, you’ll only need to come in for regular checkups. When the healing process is complete, the new dental implants will appear like natural teeth and stay in a place where they are set for many years.

The process of getting dental implants is just that, a process. It takes time, patience, and a skilled dentist to make the implants work. However, the pain and healing time can be well worth it. Contact us here at Radiant Dentistry for more information on the dental implant process, teeth whitening services, routine checkups, and more. You can call us or request an appointment through our website today!