If you're getting dental implants or looking into the procedure, you probably already know that it's a very popular choice for tooth replacement today. Dental implants are comprised of a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone where your natural tooth root used to be. Once the implant is placed, you will have to take some time for the implant to fully heal. Titanium can actually bond together with your bone, which makes the implant very durable! The implant will be topped with a full dental crown, and then it can be used just like a natural tooth.
Dental implants are a great choice because they are so durable and reliable, but also because they are very comfortable. You won't have to worry about removal or extra cleaning like you do with dentures.
The Dental Implant Procedure:
- Extraction: If your affected tooth or teeth still need to be removed, your dentist will first complete the extraction process. In some cases, your extraction can be performed in the same procedure as the implant surgery.
- Implant surgery: Your dentist will then complete the implant surgery. You will have the titanium post surgically implanted into your jawbone, where the old tooth used to be. This post is tapered, which helps it lodge within your jaw properly.
- Recovery: After your surgery, you will need to let the implant recover and heal. This typically takes around 6 weeks. Your dentist will give you specific instructions for how to aid the recovery process, and any dietary restrictions for this time. Your dentist will also monitor the recovery to ensure that the implant has completely fused to the bone and healed before the crown can be placed.
- Crown placement: Once the implant has healed, your dentist will seat your crown. The crown will be custom made to fit on your implant and to match the color of your other teeth. After the crown is placed, you can use your implant like you would use your normal teeth!
Dental Implants in Cumberland
If you have any questions about what to expect for your dental implant, or if you need to schedule a consultation, don't hesitate to contact our office today for more information. We look forward to working with you!