If you’re looking into your options in tooth replacement, you probably already know that dental implants are the only choice available for replacing both the tooth and its root. Dental implants, because they come so close to being a natural tooth replacement, truly are the best option for replacing missing teeth. The entire procedure can take a while, but patients who have chosen dental implants in Plantation, FL from Comfort Dentists agree — they’re worth the wait.
What does the process entail? Keep reading to find out. We’ll be here when you’re finished.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are tiny posts made of titanium steel. The implants are placed surgically into your jawbone — it might help you to think of them as a golf tee. The bottom part, or the end that would go in the grass, goes into your gum to act as a root replacement. The top part, then, is exposed to support your new tooth replacement. The result is a sturdy fixture that, when cared for properly, can last for a lifetime.
The Healing Process
Once the dental implants have been surgically placed in your gum, you’ll be given a recovery period of two to four months, depending on how healthy your jawbone is to start with. It sounds like a long time, but that’s what your body needs for the bone to fuse with the implant, a process we call osseointegration. Once osseointegration has taken place, you’ll have a sturdy base for your new teeth.
Don’t think you’ll be toothless while you wait for your bones to work their magic — you’ll be fitted with a temporary tooth replacement for use until your mouth is ready to receive its new, permanent tooth replacement.
After surgery you have related to your dental implants, you may experience some of the typical side effects associated with any dental surgery — but they should go away in a short period of time. Patients report swelling or bruising of the gums or face, pain at the implant site and minor bleeding in the gums.
You’ll need to eat soft foods in the days after your surgery, and if symptoms persist or worsen, don’t hesitate to let your dentist know.
Contact Your Plantation Implant Dentist Today
If you’ve got questions regarding your upcoming dental implant surgery, or if you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Comfort Dentists today. We’re proud to serve our neighbors in Plantation and surrounding communities with dental care they can count on — let us do the same for you.