Missing a tooth or multiple teeth, but you don't want dentures or bridgework and you're not sure if you want to have dental implant surgery? Some people with missing teeth are hesitant to get implants because of the recovery time and the length it may take to get the implant. While dental implants do take a little longer than other tooth-replacement options, they are a great alternative to dentures and dental bridges because they are long-lasting, and they look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
So, if you've been putting off calling Dr. Choby, don't wait any longer. Read this blog and give us a call today.
Fear of Dental Implant Surgery
Some people are afraid of dental implant surgery because they fear it may be very painful, difficult and take a long time. But, in all honesty, dental implant surgery is none of these things.
Dental implant procedures are fairly straightforward, simple procedures but yield a significant payoff for you! Here's some information about the dental implant process that might help make your decision easier.
Before undergoing dental implant surgery, you will have a consultation and exam to determine if you are in good oral health and are a good candidate for dental implants.
If it's determined that dental implants are the right tooth-replacement option for you, Dr. Choby will take an X-ray of your mouth to analyze your bite and get a good look at the area surrounding the missing tooth or teeth.
This may be the part you're anxious about. Most patients wonder whether the pain they may experience is worth the process. But, the good news is there are several options to help keep you comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. Just ask Dr. Choby about what options are available to you.
If you are having a dental implant to replace damaged teeth, the first step is extracting the damaged teeth. The next phase of the process is to make sure your jaw bone can take the implant. In some cases, you may need a bone graft to ensure there is enough tissue for the implant to be placed. While this may sound a little scary, bone grafts are routine parts of many dental implant procedures.
In most cases, bone grafts can be done at the same time as your implant procedure, but in some cases, you may need more time to let the graft heal before the implant post is placed. In this case, your bone graft will be scheduled before your implant procedure.
During the implant procedure, your gum is cut open to expose the bone, and your implant post is placed. This post is made of metal and serves as a "root" for the crown, or "tooth" portion of the implant.
After the post is placed, you will need to wait a few months to ensure the post has fused into the bone, a process known as osseointegration.
Once the post is fully fused, you will then be ready for the next step, called an abutment. This is a structure that connects the post to the crown. When fully healed, your crown portion will be placed, and your smile will be complete.
After your implant procedure, you may experience some minor pain and bleeding for a short time. Some individuals may also experience bruising and swelling of the gums and face, but it is rare.
Dental implant patients should expect to adhere to a soft food diet for two to three weeks after implant surgery.
Taking Care of Your Implant
Your dental implant should be cared for much like how you would care for your natural teeth: Brush at least twice daily and floss at least once per day. We also suggest that you avoid eating hard candy, munching on ice and smoking or chewing tobacco.
With proper care and good hygiene practices, your dental implants should last at least 10 years, and for many individuals, they can last the rest of their lives.
Are you considering a dental implant? Give Dr. Choby a call today at 724-205-6449.