Dental Implant Surgery

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Intro To Dental Implant Surgery

Intro To Dental Implant Surgery

If you no longer believe in the efficacy of conventional dentures, crowns, and bridges, you can turn toward dental implant surgery. According to statistics, around 3 million people have dental implants in the United States, and the number is expected to grow as the years go by. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jawbone. They allow the dentist to insert new replacement teeth or crowns into the jawbone. Types of dental implants include endosteal implants, which is more common and are placed “in” the bone, and subperiosteal dental implants, which dentists place “on” the bone.

Benefits of Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants carry a lot of benefits and positive effects. In sum, here is a list of the most important benefits that you can gain from these implants:

Benefits of Dental Implant Surgery
  • 1Get natural-looking teeth and improve the appearance of your smile
  • 2Receive a permanent implant that lasts for years to come with minimal maintenance
  • 3Gain more comfort and alleviate the pain associated with removable dentures
  • 4Feel easier when eating and chewing your food as the implants function like natural teeth
  • 5Raise your self-confidence, especially when smiling and talking to people
  • 6Improve long-term oral health and keep nearby teeth intact and healthy
  • 7Receive a convenient, stable solution that doesn’t require recurrent removal or adhesives as removable dentures do.
  • 8Improve your speech and prevent words’ mumbling or slurring.
  • 9Follow the path of many celebrities, such as George Clooney and Morgan Freeman, who received dental implants before!

Candidates for Dental Implant Surgery

You need to find an experienced dentist who has successfully performed the surgery for many patients before. You’ll have an initial consultation with your dentist before the surgery. They will perform a thorough examination to evaluate your oral health and teeth. The preparation also includes:

 Candidates for Dental Implant Surgery
  • 1Take X-rays and discuss other alternative options.
  • 2Eat a light meal a couple of hours before the surgery If you’ll have local anesthesia.
  • 3Don’t eat anything after midnight before surgery if you’re getting IV sedation
  • 4Take antibiotics to avoid early implant failure.
  • 5Avoid smoking to get a better recovery after the surgery.

Steps of Dental Implant Surgery

Often, dentists perform dental implant surgery in an outpatient facility under general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or IV sedation. The implant bonds with your jawbone and imitates the root of a tooth. It is commonly made of precious elements, such as titanium. The steps of the surgery differ depending on the type of implant that your dentist will use, whether endosteal or subperiosteal. In any case, the general steps of the endosteal implant can involve the following:

1. Exposing the Jawbone

1. Exposing the Jawbone

Your dentist will make an incision in the gum to reveal the jawbone.

2. Drilling Holes in the Jawbone

2. Drilling Holes in the Jawbone

They will drill deep holes into the bone to create more room for implant insertion.

3. Implant Insertion

3. Implant Insertion

Finally, your dentist will insert the implant into the right place. They might also put a removable denture over the hole until the permanent tooth bonds to the implant later on.

Recovery After Dental Implant Surgery

Keep the following instructions in mind during your recovery phase after the surgery:

Recovery After Dental Implant Surgery
  • 1Limit your diet to soft meals for at least a week
  • 2Make every effort to maintain oral hygiene
  • 3Rinse your mouth with mouthwash at least three or four times every day
  • 4Take medications and antibiotics as directed by your dentist
  • 5Avoid drinking or eating cold and hot meals for the first 24 hours
  • 6Limit your physical activities and stay away from smoking and alcohol drinking
  • 7Avoid touching the implant, using e-cigarettes, and the use of straws

Risks of Dental Implant Surgery

The success rate for dental implants is relatively high and most patients express a high degree of satisfaction. However, unwanted complications can occur in some cases, and may involve the following:

Risks of Dental Implant Surgery
  • 1Overloading of the dental implant
  • 2Damage to nearby nerves, blood vessels, or teeth
  • 3Fracture of the dental implant
  • 4Improper positioning of the dental implant
  • 5Infections

If you’re healthy and ready to have oral surgery or standard dental extraction, then you can be a good candidate for dental implant surgery. In addition, you need to: Have sufficient bone to support the implant as well as healthy gums. Be dedicated to maintaining proper oral hygiene and going to the dentist on a regular basis. Be nonsmoker and don’t have uncontrolled chronic illnesses like diabetes or heart disease.

Everyone who has lost a tooth is a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental implants are safe for smokers. However, smokers should pay more serious attention to doctor instructions because smoking slows down the attachment of the tooth to the jawbone. The doctor usually recommends quitting smoking and taking more vitamins by the end of the transplant period.

Dental implants are not recommended for those undergoing chemotherapy, people with osteoporosis, and people with calcium deficiency.

Dental implants are attached to the jawbone using a screwlike device. Therefore, the teeth cannot be moved, because the implanted teeth will be very similar to the natural teeth.

Oral diseases, especially bruxism, must first be treated before placing the implant.



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