Dental implants are relatively painless procedures. However, since they do involve surgical operations, many prospective patients are reluctant to consider them, before they even learn anything about what they involve. If you’re currently considering such treatment and would like to know what exactly to expect from an average dental implant intervention, read on.

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The first step in the implant procedure involves the dreaded incision into the gum. As you may already be aware, however, your dentist will have made sure the area is fully anaesthetized beforehand, so that you experience as little pain as possible. While the incision into the gums is open, the bone part of your denture is exposed. It is in this bone that the dental surgeon will drill a hole. The implant will be fixed into that hole. Optionally, at this point, some dentists take X-rays of the implant, in order to make sure everything is in good order and the implant has been placed where it was supposed to be placed. Once the implant has been properly affixed to the bone, the surgeon will close the cut in your gum by stitching it to cover the implant.

The entire process can last for as little as 60 minutes, or up to several hours, depending on the number of implants you are having put in. Another factor weighing in on the time span is the need for a bone graft. Some patients require bone to be put in as well, prior to the implant per se. The dreaded pain comes in as the effect of the anesthetic starts to wear off and your body begins to react to the incision, the stitching, as well as to the foreign object that has been introduced into your mouth. Your doctor can prescribe Ibuprofen-based anti-inflammatory medication and they will most likely have you taking antibiotics to prevent the area from becoming infected.

The stitches will be removed by your dentist 7 to 10 days after the procedure. During that period, you should avoid smoking, hard, chewy foods, as well as brushing the implant area. All these actions might cause small hemorrhages in your mouth, which would slow down the healing process. It takes 3-4 months for an implant in the mandible to become fully assimilated and 5-6 months for the maxillary. After this time has elapsed, you will return to your dental surgeon for the second part of the procedure. You will have the area anaesthetized, the implant exposed with a small incision and have a small metal cylinder put in over the implant. The small metal cylinder will provide support for the dental crown, denture or bridge, in the final part of the process.

Author Bio

John Ransmore, a former dental health expert, now writes professionally and blogs about dentistry, oral hygiene and orthodontics. He always recommends his readers check out Canada Bay Dental for any orthodontics interventions.