With more people choosing dental implants in Porter to replace teeth, it’s understandable if you have questions prior to treatment. The process can seem complicated at first, but having it broken down can make the steps much easier to conceptualize. During your implant consultation, you’ll be able to ask any questions you have as well as get a professional’s opinion on your eligibility, assuming you haven’t already.
Here’s what you can expect from the treatment process.
The Parts of a Dental Implant
A dental implant consists of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown.
The implant portion is made from titanium, while the crown portion is typically made from porcelain. The abutment is meant to act as a connector between the two components and provide the crown a stable foundation for everyday use.
How Long Does Surgery Take to Complete?
There are many factors that influence the length of your surgery, but generally a single implant takes one to two hours to place. Of course, treatment can extend longer than that depending on your current dental health, the teeth that are being replaced and whether or not other teeth need to be extracted first. It also varies on how many teeth are being replaced.
Does Treatment Hurt?
A combination of local anesthesia and possibly other sedation methods will be utilized to eliminate discomfort during your treatment. The doctor may also prescribe medications to ease discomfort as well. However, most people report the treatment being far more comfortable than what they were expecting.
Preparing for Surgery
Prior to your surgery, you may be asked to take antibiotics or rinse your mouth out with a unique anti-bacteria mouthwash as a precaution. It’s important that you have a good breakfast the day of surgery and have a friend or family member drive you to and from the appointment if you elect to use oral sedation prior to treatment.
Placement and Healing
In the first phase of treatment, your mouth is numbed with local anesthesia and an incision is made into your gum tissue. Space is created inside the jawbone for the implant, then the implant is screwed into place. Next, a second attachment known as a healing cap is placed on top of the implant to promote even healing around the area. Once the gums are closed, your implant will be given time to heal, which typically takes a few months.
In the second phase, the gum tissue is reopened so an impression can be taken. This mold will be used to create your permanent crown. These crowns are precisely shaped to keep your bite as even as possible. After your crown is fabricated, placed and given a final examination, you’ll be given aftercare tips and maintenance guidelines to keep your new tooth healthy.
Got a question that wasn’t answered? Schedule an appointment with a dentist in Porter to get informed on the implant process!
About the Author
Dr. Gilbert Price earned his DDS degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center. His office can handle both the implantation and restoration process entirely in-house, saving you additional trips to other dental offices. To learn more about his practice or experience, you can contact him through his website.