You can develop serious medical problems if you don’t have a full set of teeth. Losing teeth can cause gum recession and bone loss.
Before dental implants, it was difficult to replace missing teeth. Now, you can bring back the beauty of your smile by replacing your missing teeth with artificial ones that look real.
The surgery can replace a single tooth or several teeth that have been lost due to decay, injury, or congenital problems. The artificial teeth look natural and improve the functionality of your other teeth by maintaining their original shape and support.
The Surgical Procedure
If you’ve had a tooth removed or are missing a tooth because of an injury or disease, a dentist trained in oral surgery and restorative dentistry can create a treatment plan for you.
Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth that are surgically implanted in the jawbone. After the jawbone is drilled, a titanium screw is inserted. Local anesthesia makes the surgery painless.
The more teeth a patient is missing, the more complicated the surgery and the longer the recovery will be.
Duration of Pain after Surgery
There is some pain as the local anesthesia wears off. The pain is usually relieved by taking an over-the-counter painkiller. After dental work, dentists recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) as they provide the most pain relief.
If you’re experiencing mild dental implant pain, there are several ways you can get some relief. Besides OTC pain relievers, avoiding certain food groups, especially crunchy foods, is effective.
The Length of Healing
A patient’s pain usually lasts a day or two after surgery, with some feeling discomfort for a week or two. The mild pain is usually caused by areas of the gum that were bruised during the procedure. The cheeks and chin may also feel sore.
If a patient suffers severe pain or it takes longer than expected for the tooth to heal, they should schedule an appointment with the dental office. Dentists can pinpoint the problem and fix it.
Implants typically take six to twelve weeks to heal. The bone begins to rebuild around the implant and anchor it fully during this time.
The Treatment Timeline
Replacement of a missing tooth involves several phases, and timelines may vary from patient to patient. There are typically four steps:
* Initial consultation
* First surgery
* Abutment placement
* Crown placement
Schedule Your Next Appointment
Shine Dental Group offers innovative dental services. We use the latest dental technology, including digital impressions, digital x-rays, and panoramic x-rays. Our modern facility has a lab on-site so that our dental technicians and dentists can provide our patients with fast and convenient services, like same-day teeth, dentures, and repairs. We can take care of all your dental needs, including general dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, orthodontics, and fixed prosthodontics. Please call 516.219.8694 or visit Shine Dental Group online to schedule an appointment with our easy online form. Our dental office is located at 400 Jericho Turnpike Syosset, NY 11791.