Dental implants are the most realistic tooth replacement option in modern dentistry. Consisting of three parts (implant rod, abutment, restoration crown), a dental implant functions and looks like a natural tooth so you can renew your confidence in your smile.
Before proceeding with dental implant surgery, it’s critical to understand the various healing stages, which can take between six to twelve months.
Stage 1: Before Implant Placement
During your consultation, your dentist assesses your mouth and jawbone health to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants. If they discover that you have insufficient jawbone density or thickness, they may prescribe a bone graft or sinus lift surgery.
Although the initial healing stage after a bone graft takes as little as two weeks, full healing takes up to nine months. After the bone graft has completely fused with the jawbone, your dentist schedules your implant procedure.
If you have a severely damaged tooth that needs to be extracted and replaced with an implant, you may need to wait up to ten weeks for the site to heal before receiving the implant.
In some cases, your dentist may be able to place the implant immediately after the extraction. However, this only applies if you already have sufficient bone density beneath the damaged tooth.
Stage 2: After the Implant Post Placement
To place the implant, your dentist makes a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying jawbone. They then drill a small hole in the bone and screw the titanium post in place. The gums are then sutured and packed with gauze.
There are two recovery stages following implant post placement. First, the surgical site needs to heal, taking up to two weeks. You can speed up your recovery by following your dentist’s aftercare instructions, including resting with your head elevated, modifying your diet, and using a saltwater rinse.
The next healing stage is osseointegration. Osseointegration is when the implant post fuses with your jawbone. This creates a stable foundation for the abutment and restoration. This stage can take between eight weeks to nine months, depending on your immune system and the number of implants you received.
It’s critical to maintain a thorough oral health routine while your implant site is healing. Brush and floss twice daily, but avoid brushing directly over the surgical site to prevent irritation and bleeding. Keeping your mouth clean reduces the risk of implant rejection and infections like peri-implantitis.
Stage 3: Placing the Abutment
After the implant has fused with your jaw, you’ll return to the dentist for a second minor surgery to place the abutment. The abutment connects the implant post to the dental restoration.
The dentist opens the gum tissue during this procedure to expose the implant post. After placing the abutment, they close the gum tissue around but not over the implant.
Healing can take between two weeks and a month. You may experience some minor swelling and discomfort following the procedure. Take OTC pain relievers and apply ice packs to the side of your face to minimize inflammation.
Stage 4: Placing the Restoration
Once your gums heal around the abutment placement, you return to your dentist to receive your dental restoration. At this appointment, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth surrounding the implant site and the abutment, to ensure the dental restoration is a perfect match for your natural teeth.
Fabrication of the crown at an offsite laboratory takes approximately two weeks. Following this period, the dentist places the prosthesis on the abutment, connecting it to the dental implant rod. You leave the appointment with a complete, beautiful smile.
Smile With Confidence
Although the dental implant process is long, the benefits are immense. You regain your ability to chew and speak normally while supporting your jawbone health. If you are thinking of replacing missing or damaged teeth with dental implants, contact TruBlu Dentistry in Burbank or Hegewisch today.