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The Process of Placing Dental Implant Posts
The dental implant procedure requires the cutting of your jaw bone. This is so titanium posts, which act like tooth roots, can be fused to your jaw and the replacement tooth can be screwed to it. The process requires multiple trips to the dentist, but it is worth it when it has been completed.
If you are going to undergo dental implant surgery or just want to find out more about the procedure, this guide will give you an idea of what to expect.
The implant process
Before the procedure
Before placing dental implant posts, your dentist has to make sure you are an ideal candidate for the procedure, which means they will examine your gums to make sure you do not have periodontal disease.
The procedure is not recommended for:
- People with autoimmune diseases
- People who have undergone radiation treatments for their head and neck
If your dentist determines you are a good candidate for the procedure, you can schedule an appointment to get started.
Placing dental implants
The dental implant procedure usually involves two visits to the dentist, but some implants only require one visit.
During the first visit, you will be given pain medication or antibiotics before the procedure begins. If you are nervous about the procedure, your dentist can give you a sedative. To place the implant in your gums, your dentist will cut into your gums to expose the jawbone then drill a hole in the bone so the implant can be inserted. Your dentist will then take an X-ray of the bone to make sure the implant is in the right place before stitching your gums closed.
If you are getting one implant, the procedure can take up to an hour. If you need a bone graft or are getting more than one implant, the procedure will take longer.
After the procedure
After the procedure, you will feel some pain. However, the pain is usually mild and your dentist will prescribe some medication to help you manage it. You will also have to go back to the dentist in seven to 10 days to get the stitches in your gums removed. When the stitches are removed, you will have to wait three to five months for your gums to heal before proceeding to the next step.
During the second visit, your dentist will give you local anesthesia again and make another cut in your gums. This time around, the cut is made to expose the implant so your dentist can remove the protective screw on the implant and replace it with a healing cap made from metal. The cap will sit above your gums where the artificial teeth will be, allowing the gums to heal around the implant.
Putting in the artificial tooth
After the second surgery, you have to go back to your dentist in two to three weeks to get your crown or denture fitted. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and send it to a laboratory to have it made. Once it is ready, you will go back once again to get the crown fitted on the implant.
Placing dental implant posts is a lengthy process that requires cutting into your gums to insert the posts. If you are interested in getting dental implants, talk to your dentist about the procedure and what to expect.
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