You can’t predict the future, in the same way; you can’t predict when you’ll be losing your teeth. While we have this preconceived notion that as we get older, losing a tooth or several teeth for that matter is a normal part of aging, there are numerous instances when we lose our teeth unexpectedly as a result of trauma, injury or gum disease. One of the most in-demand dental treatments to missing teeth is a dental implant treatment. In this post, we will describe the tooth implant process, so you will have an idea what’s it about.
Before anything, the first step is to schedule an appointment with your dentist for an initial consultation. Your dentist will let you undergo several tests such as a comprehensive dental exam, an X-ray of your oral cavity and obtain an impression of your teeth. After running these tests, your dentist will recommend a treatment plan for you describing the time frame of the procedure, what to expect and what to do during the recovery period.
Now you’re ready to get the implant. The metal screw implant will go into your jawbone to serve as an anchor for your prosthesis. This stage usually takes a maximum of two hours, but you will be anesthetized during the procedure, therefore, you’ll be asleep the whole time. It takes approximately five months to heal if it’s the lower jaw and up to seven months if it’s the upper jaw.
When the implants have successfully fused to the bone, you will be getting a temporary crown to give time for your gums to heal. It will stay on for about two weeks. After two weeks an abutment will be placed to support the dental crown for the replacement tooth. You will be given a temporary crown to give extra time for your gums to complete the healing process.
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Your dentist will explain the Tooth Implant Process in more detail during your visit. At Sage Dental, we can answer all our questions for you. Call us today or visit our site to learn more about our services.