Dental Implant Procedure
Losing teeth is hard. It can make you lose your self-confidence. With every smile, you get a small glimpse that reminds you how you should have taken care of your teeth better. Furthermore, this is not just a rare tragedy. In fact, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reported that about 3.75% of 20 to 64 year-old American adults have no teeth. That is at least 9 million people for a population of 300 million. While tooth loss can be easily averted, there is a way for these 9 million people to have a decent smile that they can always be proud of. Dental implants are a lifesaver for those who want to have a second shot at having teeth, and it is up to us at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to help them out.
How To Get Dental Implants
The process of getting dental implants is quite simple. Basically, we would need to cut through your gums and insert a post onto your jaws. This post forms as the root of the implant. Then we would place an abutment, which is like a seat for the prosthesis or replacement tooth, if you will. However, getting these in your mouth requires a bit of preparation.
Preparation For Dental Implants
Before getting a dental implant, we will first need to decide which kind of prosthesis you would need. Most people get a single tooth prosthetic to fill the gap of the old tooth. But for those who have large-scale tooth loss, a bridge is more cost-efficient. For bridges, we would just have to install a few posts and abutments before placing a row of dental bridges over them.
Once that is done, we would need to take precise measurements of your mouth and jaws. A dental x-ray will show us exactly how things look in your mouth. If your jaws are too thin to support an implant, then we will need to add a graft to make them thicker. Also, your prostheses are custom-made for your mouth. You would then need to wait for a few weeks before we do anything else.
Installing The Implants And Aftercare
When your dental grafts have settled and your prostheses have been built, that is the time when you are ready to get your implants. You can expect the whole procedure to last about one or two hours. That includes both your top and bottom teeth, if you are getting bridges. Or about less than an hour for a single tooth.
When we install dental implants, we use a scalpel to cut through the gum tissue and expose the jawbone. Then, with a dental implant drill, we would carve a hole that lets us insert the implant base. The whole procedure ends once we have installed the abutment and prosthesis.
After the procedure, you may want to avoid hot beverages for the rest of the day. Hot liquids can melt the blood clot on the gums and slow down the time it takes for you to heal. On the other hand, you may want to eat cold foods like ice cream to speed up the clotting process.
If you are planning to get a dental implant soon, visit us at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry so we can give you proper advice. Just call us at (281) 550-9054 so we can schedule you for an appointment.