Get Back Your Brilliant Smile
Having a healthy-looking smile is one of the biggest components of a confident lifestyle. Being proud of your teeth is what allows you to eat, smile, laugh and talk comfortably without fear of judgment. As a result, many people with poor or damaged teeth opt for dental implants. Dental implant procedures, specifically the modern procedures, have been performed successfully for over 30 years and are a very safe and predictable procedure, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. But what exactly goes into a dental implant procedure?
Do I Need A Dental Implant?
Dental implants serve several purposes and may be the right option for you if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth,
- Have a jawbone that’s reached full growth,
- Have adequate bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft,
- Have healthy oral tissues,
- Don’t have health conditions that will affect bone healing,
- Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures,
- Want to improve your speech,
- Are willing to commit several months to the process.
Dental Implant Course
Ellicott Mills Dental's own Dr. Ford recently completed a 125 hour course in brushing up on implants. This include over 30 implant procedures to help hone her skills.
What is Used?
The procedure is comprised of three main parts. There is the dental implant itself, an abutment (also known as a connector) and a crown. The crown is an artificial tooth. The implant joins with the natural bone of your mouth when placed inside the jawbone. The abutment is next as it is placed on top of the implant to serve as a base and support for the custom-made crown. The crown is then placed on top of the connector and will be designed to fit your mouth.
During the procedure, expect a few things. Damaged tooth removal and grafting may certainly be a part of the process. Additionally, bone growth and healing should be anticipated as a result of the placement of the different implant items into your mouth.
As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. These include infection on or near the implant location, damage to surrounding teeth, nerve damage, and sinus problems. These risks tend to be rare and typically are minor and easily treatable.
Post Implant Treatment
After the procedure, patients can expect some minor bruising, swelling, pain and potentially some bleeding. Medications and antibiotics may be taken to try and reduce pain and swelling. Self-dissolving stitches are likely to be used, so be sure to eat soft foods after the procedure to allow the stitches to work.