Last updated on November 20th, 2023 at 04:18 PM
Tooth woes can be incredibly hard. But one solution that has proven to be quite effective is a dental implant!
It is a procedure which involves inserting artificial tooth roots in your jawbone. They bond with the bone, allowing the placement of replacement teeth called crowns. But is it right for you?
Here I explore all about the dental implant procedure — what exactly it is, the purpose of the procedure and overall preparation for the procedure.
So, let’s get started.
What is a dental implant procedure?
A dental implant is an artificial structure that a dental surgeon inserts into a person’s jawbone. The procedure is an outpatient surgery.
The implants are generally made of titanium and other materials that bind with the jawbone and act as the root of a tooth. The artificial root enables the dentist to place the replacement teeth. Over time, it blends with the surrounding teeth.
Explore additional information on the dental implant procedure here for a comprehensive understanding.
Who can not undergo dental implant surgery?
Children may not be able to undergo the dental implant procedure until their jaw has fully developed. People suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes or leukaemia are generally advised against undergoing dental procedures. This is due to the fact that it has the potential to interfere with their healing process. Smoking is also viewed with caution as it generally slows down the healing process.
A dentist will consider the medical history and lifestyle to gauge the suitability of the patient for the dental implant procedure.
What is the purpose of a dental implant procedure?
A dental implant can help in the replacement of one or more permanent teeth which are lost due to injury, gum disease, tooth decay or infection.
Based on an individual’s condition, the dentist may discuss other available options, such as dentures and bridges. If the tooth has been missing for some time, a bone graft may be required before dental implant surgery.
Preparation for the dental implant procedure
The dentist will start with an initial consultation process for a comprehensive examination. They might take X-rays and discuss multiple routes to develop a plan for the surgery that is most comfortable for the patient.
Then, a surgery appointment will be scheduled. The dentist might recommend IV sedation for the procedure that will require the patient to come along with a caretaker.
- Location: A dental implant procedure generally takes place in a dentist’s clinic. It is done by a team of dental professionals.
- Food and Drink: In case the patient will have local anaesthesia, they may eat a meal before the procedure. However, if the patient will be on IV sedation, they can not eat anything after midnight on the day of the surgery.
- Medicines: The dentist may prescribe antibiotics to the patient to take for a few days before the dental implant surgery to ensure there are no early implant failures. The patient may also have to rinse their mouth using a special antibacterial mouthwash such as Chlorhexidine.
- Lifestyle Changes: Smoking may lead to reduced efficacy of dental implant surgery. A detailed discussion with the dentist is needed to plan a course of action that will circumvent such challenges.
How long is the recovery process after the dental implant surgery?
Immediately after the surgery, you may experience some swelling, bruising, minor bleeding and pain. The dentist may prescribe over-the-counter medications for the pain. The duration of the recovery process may vary depending on the individual and their condition.
If dental implants are right for you, the first step is consultation with a surgeon. They will provide you with all the instructions for your procedure.