If you have missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures you may have heard of dental implants. The term “dental implants” doesn’t exactly cause a warm and fuzzy feeling in most people. And that is reasonable. Any sort of dental surgery can be a stressful and nerve wracking process. However, the end result is well worth the initial anxiety.
So what exactly does dental implant surgery entail? Generally there are three phases:
- The dentist first places the implant inside of the jawbone. This often leads to a mild recovery period in which the patient maintains a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and warm soup.
- The next step is the healing process. The bone around the implant begins to mend in a process known as osseointegration. This allows the implant and the bone to become one, allowing for a very sturdy base for the teeth. This process varies from patient to patient, based on things like how quickly the patient heals and a patient’s personal pain tolerance.
- Lastly, the dentist will place the artificial teeth. If you are simply replacing one tooth, the dentist will install a dental crown that will perfectly fit and match the rest of your smile. If you are having several teeth replaced on the other hand, custom made dentures or bridges will be created to fit in your mouth to blend in with your other teeth.
Although it sounds scary, getting dental implants truly is a fairly painless procedure. If you are interested in getting dental implants call your Sterling dentist today! We would love to help you get a smile you are proud to show off!