If you have a dental implant procedure coming up, or you are considering dental implants as an alternative to tooth loss, the following should help to alleviate your fears. It’s natural to be fearful of the unknown; and that is why the following will seek to fully inform you on what it means to get dental implants. Once you see that the procedure is straight-forward, pain-free and completely harmless, you will hopefully feel much more relaxed when the time of your appointment finally arrives.
Numbing the Implant Site
Your implant specialist will numb the site of the implant surgery with a general anesthetic, which means that you won’t feel a thing throughout the entire procedure. Your dentist will typically wait a few moments for the anesthesia to take affect before the true procedure begins.
Incise the Jawbone
After the area is numbed, your dentist will need to access your jawbone in order to place the implant. This will require a small incision on the gums directly over the implant site. The gum tissue will then be peeled away to expose the jawbone underneath. This process sounds much scarier than it actually is and you can rest assured that your dentist will always take great care to avoid complications.
Drilling the Implant Hole
Once the implant site has been located, your dentist will drill a tiny hole into your jawbone so that the implant can be placed. The hole will be drilled using what is known as a ‘divot’, and this is all painless, so you don’t have to worry.
Inspecting the Implant Hole
Once your dentist has created the hole in your jawbone, an x-ray will be taken to determine that the hole has been aligned and positioned properly. The x-ray results will also determine if the hole is deep enough for the implant placement, which is the next step in the procedure.
Placing the Implant
When the hole is prepared and positioned properly, the implant itself will be placed into the jawbone using a special dental tool. With the implant in place, your dentist will stitch the gum tissue to seal the implant in place.
Healing Time and Crown Placement
Your dentist will allow seven days or so for the site to heal before the crown or artificial tooth is affixed to the implant itself. You will then have a brand new tooth that looks, acts and feels just like the real thing, allowing you to smile, eat and speak just as you normally would with your natural teeth.
See, that’s not so bad, is it? Ask your dental implant specialist about scheduling your first appointment to see if you are a good candidate for this safe, pain-free and harmless dental implant procedure.