Dental implants provide a modern, innovative, and permanent way to replace and repair damaged and missing teeth and restore the health and brilliance of your smile. If you are considering getting a dental implant you may wonder what the process entails, and if you will experience tooth implant pain.
Fortunately, modern dental technology enables your dentist to provide you with a safe and comfortable dental procedure. With proper care and good dental hygiene practices, your dental implant can last for the rest of your life.
Why Are Tooth Implants Important?
Tooth implants are necessary when a tooth or several teeth have been damaged beyond repair or are missing. This not only compromises the appearance of your smile, but it also can lead to more dental and oral health problems.
Potential health complications include irritated or diseased gums, bone loss, difficulty with flossing or brushing, and problems with eating, chewing and even speaking.
Tooth implants provide dentists and their patients with a way to replace these missing teeth. They’re a far more permanent option than dentures or a dental bridge. Because the biting pressure of implants is similar to natural teeth, dental implants can help prevent additional bone loss in the jaw.
The healing process of a dental implant stimulates a process called osseointegration–bone growth that heals around the implant and secures it firmly into place.
Unlike dentures, patients are not limited in the foods they can eat with dental implants. In fact, they can return to eating crunchy foods and crisp fruits within one week after their final crown is placed onto the dental implant.
What Is the Tooth Implant Procedure Like?
The tooth implant procedure involves several steps. At each step of the way, the Advanced Dental Care team ensures your comfort.
We use Biohorizon implants, which is one of the leading brands in the dental implant industry. High-quality materials reduce the chances of complications and tooth implant pain.
These implants are specially tapered and have Laser-Lok microchannels for superior osseointegration due to the biological seal.
Dental Implant Consultation
During this phase, you consult with your dentist about your dental situation.
Your dentist may take x-rays and perform an oral examination to evaluate the health of your jaw.
Depending on your overall dental health, you may need a bone graft to support maximal dental implant success.
If your mouth is in suitable condition for an implant, your dentist will provide you with a comprehensive dental implant plan.
Preemptive Dental Work
At this step, you may or may not require bone grafting or tooth extraction. A bone graft uses cadaver or animal bones to improve the density of the jaw for the implant. These procedures can be performed in a clinic environment with local anaesthesia or in a private hospital under general anaesthesia, whichever you believe will help you feel most comfortable.
We also offer dental sedation through a sedation specialist. These surgeries are performed with minimal discomfort and antibiotics are prescribed to prevent complications and infections.
Dental Implant Installation
After all preliminary dental work has been completed, the dental implant is installed. We use a local anaesthetic to numb the areas of the jaw where the implants are placed. If you experience any discomfort, notify your dentist immediately.
In the first step of implant installation, the tiny, biocompatible titanium screw is surgically placed in the jaw and allowed to heal.
Once your implant has fully fused, you return to have an abutment placed on top of the implant. The abutment placement can be done with a local anaesthetic. The abutment prevents the gum tissue from growing over the implant. In some cases, the implant and abutment procedures can be performed on the same day.
The final step of the implant installation process is the crown. The crown looks like a natural tooth and will give you a stable, secure replacement for your missing tooth. Patients do not need anaesthetic for crown placements.
After You’ve Received Your Implant
Patients often wonder what about the pain after a dental implant and how long it will last. Fortunately, your dentist walks you through what to expect throughout the healing process.
Dr Priya Shanmugaligman prescribes pain-relieving medication, antibiotics, and recommends an icing regimen that can keep discomfort and swelling at bay. For the first few days, you may want to rest and limit your activity, but most patients experience little to no discomfort.
Our team provides you with a list of recommended soft foods to accommodate the body’s natural healing processes.
By following your dentist’s advice, you will experience minimal tooth implant pain. With good health habits, your implant can last for the rest of your life.
Contact Advanced Dental Care in Dubbo Today
For your free dental implant consultation, contact Advanced Dental Care. Fill out our online form or call us on (02) 6188 7103. Let us help you find the best plan to restore your beautiful smile.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.