Dental implants are an effective tooth replacement option for people with damaged or missing teeth. Implants allow you to use an artificial tooth root to attach a tooth-colored crown or set of artificial teeth to restore functionality and beauty to your smile.
If you are considering dental implants, it is helpful to understand the dental implant process and familiarize yourself with what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants work by placing a metal screw-shaped implant into your jawbone, which is used as an artificial tooth root to hold a dental crown or set of dentures in place in your mouth.
The process for having dental implants put in includes:
- Initial Consultation: Your dentist assesses the condition of your teeth, gums, and jaw and performs X-rays to determine a dental implant treatment plan.
- Implant Surgery: The dentist makes a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone, drills a small hole, and inserts the screw-like dental implant into your jawbone. The gums are then sutured closed.
- Osseointegration: There is a six to twelve-week recovery period during which your jawbone fuses to the implant to create a secure post for the artificial tooth.
- Abutment and Crown Placement: The connecting piece is placed on the implant, which is then attached to your artificial tooth.
- Recovery: Your implants function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat and speak as normal.
Although the initial recovery time for dental implant surgery is about three months, it can take longer if your dentist discovers you need a bone graft or sinus augmentation to improve the density or thickness of your jawbone. Traditional dental implants are ideal if you have a single tooth that you need to replace and the rest of your teeth are in good condition.
All-On-4 Dental Implants
All-On-4 dental implants are a new approach to dental implants that only require one minor surgery for an entire set of teeth. This option uses four dental implant posts to hold a full arch of artificial teeth in place.
For All-On-4 implants, you make one appointment during which the implants are placed, and the dentures are attached. The entire process only lasts a few hours, and you leave with a full set of functional teeth.
All-On-4 dental implants are ideal for major tooth loss, damaged jawbone and muscles, or tissue loss due to gum disease.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Once your dental implants and artificial teeth are in place, you may need a few weeks of recovery to feel completely normal. Expect to feel a slight bit of pressure or discomfort as your gums and tongue get used to your new teeth, but at this point, you should not experience any pain or bleeding.
You can expect to return to a normal dental care routine after your dental implant process is complete. The longevity and effectiveness of your dental implants are affected by your oral health, so make sure to care for your dental implants by avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and sugar, and brush and floss twice a day as you would with natural teeth.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation
Dental implants are a long-lasting solution to missing or damaged teeth. TruBlu Dentistry offers traditional dental implant surgery as well as All-On-4 dental implants.
Contact us today to schedule your initial dental implant consultation to find out which type of dental implant is right for you. Book a consultation online or call one of our three locations to make an appointment.