A Patient's Guide to The Dental Implant Procedure

A Patient’s Guide to The Dental Implant Procedure

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Dental implants are the highest quality tooth replacement option. When one or more teeth are missing or too damaged to be saved, dental implants can replace them with natural function and appearance.

If you’re considering or planning on getting dental implants, this guide will help you know what to expect from the procedure.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed in the jaw to replace the natural root. The implant fuses with the bone to form a solid bond that can support a dental prosthetic. A single dental implant can replace one tooth at a time. Multiple dental implants can be placed in the jaw to support a bridge or dentures. Implants act as anchors for replacement teeth, providing a secure foundation that allows you to chew effectively.

Types of Dental Implant Materials

Dental implants may be made of either of the following materials:

  • Titanium. Titanium has been used for dental implants since their invention. It is strong and durable and easily bonds with the bone of your jaw.
  • Ceramic. Ceramic is a newer material for dental implants that has significant benefits over titanium. It is non-allergenic and metal-free for a lower risk of health problems. Ceramic also attracts fewer bacteria and results in reduced plaque buildup. It is considered a holistic alternative to titanium.

The Implant Placement Procedure

The process of getting dental implants will take place over a few different appointments.

    • Consultation and Evaluation. The first step in the process is always a consultation to discuss the procedure and decide if you are interested in proceeding. Next is an evaluation to determine eligibility for dental implants. If you are not currently a candidate, some preparations may be needed in order for you to be ready.
    • Preparatory Procedures. Some preparation may be necessary before the placement of your dental implants. You may need to have one or more teeth extracted before they can be replaced. If the structure of your jaw bone is insufficient to support an implant, a bone grafting procedure may be needed to strengthen and regenerate lost bone tissue. These procedures may need to take place weeks or months in advance of your dental implant placement appointment.
    • Placing the Dental Implant(s). When the time is right, your dental implant(s) can be placed in the jaw. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area to ensure your comfort while the implants are being placed.
  • Adding the Abutment. A few weeks or months after the placement of your implants, the abutment can be added to each one. This is a post that connects the implant to the prosthetic.
  • Attaching the Dental Prosthetic. After the abutment has been added and the tissue has had time to heal, the dental prosthetic can be added, completing your restoration.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Dental Implant Procedure

Do I need to be put to sleep for dental implant placement?

Although it is considered to be a minor surgical procedure, dental implants can be placed with local anesthesia in most cases. You do not need sedation unless you would prefer to have it for assistance with relaxation.

How will it take to recover from the dental implant procedure?

You may experience some tenderness in the area where your implant was placed for a few days. Eating soft foods can help you avoid discomfort and allow your mouth to heal. Everyone heals at different rates, so individual recovery times may vary.

How To Get Started With Dental Implants

If you are interested in dental implants, the first step is to schedule a consultation with TMJ Plus Wellness Center. We provide ceramic dental implants because we have seen the benefits firsthand through our many satisfied patients. As a holistic dental practice, we take a natural approach to dentistry that we believe improves the overall health and wellness of our patients.

To learn more, call 817-481-6888 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.