The dental implant is a surgical fixture that acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. In turn, the “artificial tooth root” serves to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth.
The services include:
- During the consult and planning stage, the dental surgeon will visually examine the site in the mouth, and assess the quality and quantity of jawbone.
- After which patient is called for surgical procedure appointment, in which incase of inadequate bone, bone graft is placed and the area is left to heal.
- After the healing phase, the dental implant is placed into the bone with a special drill and tools. A “healing cap” is placed over the implant, and the gum is sutured. Following which healing is allowed for the area. During this healing phase, a temporary denture can be made to replace missing teeth for esthetic purposes.
- After the required healing period, a prosthetic component is connected to the dental implant via a screw. This component is called an “abutment.”
- Later an impression is taken of this abutment in the mouth and an implant crown is custom-made to fit the abutment.
- The implant crown is later either cemented on or secured with a screw to the abutment.
POST IMPLANT CARE:
A little bleeding is completely normal. But in case of excessive bleeding, gauze pad should be bit upon for about 30 minutes.
A bit of swelling after dental surgery is normal. An ice pack should be placed on the cheek closest to the surgical area; to bring down the swelling.
Plenty of fluid should be consumed.Consumption of hot food and drink should be avoided until the anesthetic wears off.Soft diet should be maintained for a day after surgery.
Painkillers should be taken as soon as the local anesthetic starts wearing off.
If prescribed antibiotics, they should be taken as directed
6. Oral Hygiene
Good oral hygiene should be maintained as it is essential for any dental surgery to be a success.
Physical exertion should be kept to a minimum during the aftermath of the surgery as physical activity after the procedure can cause painful throbbing and bleeding.
8. Follow Up
Dentist should be regularly visited, at least once every three months to help ensure the implants are kept as clean as possible to minimize the risk of infection.