How are Dental Implants Placed?
A lot of people are “on the edge” about getting dental implants installed where they’ve lost teeth. And that’s perfectly normal considering that the procedure as a whole is relatively young (only about 30 years old). Nonetheless, it’s a very safe dental procedure, and you should feel at ease knowing that you’ll have a healthier, brighter smile after it’s done. Let’s look at the two main phases associated with the process.
Phase 1 – Implant Installment
For the first phase of a dental implant procedure, the titanium plant will be situated directly into the jaw bone. More times than not, you’ll receive local anesthesia for this phase of the operation. After you wake up, you may feel slight discomfort (which is quite normal, but bearable), and the dentist may prescribe post-surgery as a result. Afterwards, phase 1 will be complete.
Phase 2 – Artificial Tooth Installment
Depending on how rapidly your jaw bone molds to the new titanium root, it can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months before getting your actual artificial implant installed. During this time span, you’ll likely be ordered to visit the dentist a few times to ensure that healthy bonding is taking place. Afterwards, you’ll have the new tooth (or teeth) installed.
The good part is that these teeth will be custom-made, and will fit perfectly and snug within your mouth. Dental implants won’t impair your life in any way. In fact, most people go back to work the next day after having the original titanium root installed (which is the more time consuming aspect of the procedure).