An Overview of the Dental Implant Process

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If you have missing teeth, dental implants may be a great option for you. Talk to your dentist about the benefits of dental implants. Not only can they restore your smile, but they can also help preserve bone mass in your jaw. Schedule an evaluation appointment with your dentist to discuss the process in more detail.

Preparation
Before undergoing any dental procedure, update your dentist about any new medical conditions, medications, or supplements. Your dentist will take x-rays and make impressions of your mouth and teeth. He or she will evaluate the condition of your jawbone and discuss your anesthesia options with you. Your dentist may recommend using I.V. sedation in addition to a local anesthetic.

First Procedure
After applying the anesthetic, your dentist will make an incision and prepare your mouth for the implant. He will secure the implant, which at this point is a small, metal post. The incision will then be closed and the tissues in the area will heal for the next several months. During that time, the jawbone will begin to fuse to the implant.

Second Procedure
Once the bone has fused and the healing is complete, you will return to your dentist for the next stage in the process. He will make another incision to expose the implant, and then place an abutment, which is another implant component. Your custom-made crown, which is the artificial tooth, will be placed on top of the first two components and secured. Sometimes, patients go in for a few dental appointments between the first and second procedure to allow the dentist to take impressions and craft the new crown.

Recovery and Care
Any discomfort from either procedure should be minimal, and you can expect to return to your normal activities the following day. Take care of your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth; brush and floss your smile regularly and see your dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings.

To learn more about how dental implants can benefit you, contact the caring staff of Oak Creek Dental Care in Columbus, Ohio. We are a full-service dental practice, offering emergency care, sedation dentistry, and restorative services. Schedule an appointment with a dentist today by calling (614) 882-5525.

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