What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure
By Liberty Tree Prosthodontics
December 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are a viable option for people who have lost one more more teeth. Dr. Mahshid Mirghassemi in Liberty Tree Family dental implantsDental Care & Prosthodontics in Danvers, MA offers state-of-the-art dental implants to their patients. Perhaps you've already made the decision to have a dental implant placed. What happens now? Here's what to expect during a dental implant procedure.

Bone Graft

The first step toward preparing the area for the new dental implant may involve a bone graft. You may require a bone graft if your bone is too soft or too thin and unable to support a dental implant. That's because the powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts pressure on your bone, and if it can't support the dental implant, the surgery likely would fail. The grafting materials can come from a variety of sources, including your own body. These days, synthetic materials and laboratory-processed bone from an animal donor or human are frequently used.

Implant Insertion

Before the procedure, you will receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia. The doctor will make a series of incisions to create a flap of gum to retract. The doctor will then use a drill to open the pilot hole gradually. When the pilot hole in the jawbone is deep and wide enough to substitute for the tooth root, the doctor will insert the dental implant, place either a healing cap or cover screw in place, replace the flap of gum and stitch it over the dental implant.

Recovery Process

After the operation, your gums may be bruised or swollen, and the surgical area may bleed a little bit. After the initial surgical procedure, discomfort should be minimal. Your Danvers prosthodontist may prescribe a painkiller to help you deal with the discomfort. You may have stitches, which the saliva in your mouth will break down in about one week. Healing from dental implant surgery takes up to six months. Follow-up appointments with your prosthodontist is essential for monitoring your progress.

Attaching the Abutment

After the surgical site has healed and the dental implant has bonded with the jawbone, you will have a minor operation with either the dentist or surgeon, who will usually use local anesthesia. The dentist or surgeon will reopen your gum around the dental implant, remove the healing cap or cover screw, attach the abutment and form the tissue around it. Some prosthodontist will place the abutment and temporary dental crown at the same time as the dental implant.

Affixing the Crown

After the surgeon or dentist screws in the abutment, you will need to wait a week or two while your gums heal. Your dentist will will make an imprint of your teeth and make a permanent crown that he or she will either screw in or cement onto the abutment. Your prosthodontist will confirm the new permanent crown matches the color of surrounding teeth before it is attached.

Dental implants will give you back your smile and improve the quality of your life. Are you ready for a brand new smile? Call Liberty Tree Family Dental Care & Prosthodontics in Danvers, MA at (978) 777-9999 to schedule your dental implant consultation. Liberty Tree Family Dental Care & Prosthodontics is the go-to dental office for those seeking the latest in state-of-the-art implant dentistry.


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