Dental implants are one of the most popular treatments for replacing missing teeth, offering a durable and realistic replacement. But like any surgical procedure, there are some complications that could arise. This article covers some of the most common implant-related issues and explains what to do in case of an emergency.
A tooth implant is a titanium post that replaces the root of your missing tooth. It’s usually topped by a crown, which looks like your natural tooth. The implant is inserted into the jaw bone to which it is fused in a process called osseointegration, and then impressions are taken for the creation of the crown.
An endosteal dental implant is the most common type of tooth implant. It requires that your jawbone be strong enough to support it, which means you need to have sufficient bone mass in the area of the implant site. If not, your dentist can perform a bone graft to increase the bone density in this area.
Before the surgery begins, your dentist will numb the area using local anesthesia. Once the nerves are numbed, your dentist can open up a flap of gum tissue to expose the bone underneath. They will use a drill to create and enlarge a site for the implant screw. Next, the implant is placed into the bone and a cap is added to prevent tissue and bone from growing over it.
After the implant is in place, it takes several months for osseointegration to occur. During this time, you may experience a range of symptoms including bruising, swelling and pain. You can manage these symptoms by eating soft foods and applying ice packs to the affected areas. It’s also important to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine, including daily brushing and flossing (using a soft-bristled toothbrush).
Once your jawbone has healed, your dentist will perform another minor surgery to place the abutment on your implant. This involves exposing the implant through your gum tissue to attach it, and then closing back up the area. The abutment sticks out past your gum line, so it’s visible when you smile.
If you have any questions or concerns about an implant, contact us right away! We’ll be happy to talk with you and explain the best ways to care for your new implant.
The main risk associated with tooth implants is the possibility of complication. These can include a failure to heal, infection, and damage to surrounding teeth or bone. In addition, patients who have a chronic health condition or take certain medications can interfere with the healing process.
These factors can be minimized by ensuring that you follow your doctor’s recommendations for recovery, including following a healthy diet and taking medication as directed. It’s also important to avoid tobacco and other unhealthy behaviors, since these can impede healing. Lastly, make sure you see an experienced dentist to ensure you receive the highest quality treatment possible.