Unfortunately, for one reason or another, you will need dental work done every now and then. Since you are no dentist, it can often be a confusing situation if you do not fully grasp what is being done to you. This is true for all dental procedures, including dental implants. If you are getting dental implants in your mouth, then you likely have a few questions you would like to have answered to ease your mind going into this procedure. Well, worry no more, because there are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
What exactly is are dental implants?
If you have a tooth or teeth that have been damaged or need replacing, this is where dental implants come in. Dental implants are actually quite similar to getting a crown, although a dental implant acts and feels like an actual tooth more than a crown (although crowns are a part of what makes up a dental implant). As opposed to crowns, dental implants replace the root of your teeth and use titanium fixtures to attach to the bone, similar to how your natural teeth do. A crown is then added once the fixture is in place to perfectly go along and match the rest of your teeth in your mouth. Thus imitating the look and feel of a real tooth.
What is the procedure like?
To start the procedure, if need be, the damaged tooth will be removed from your mouth. Next, a small hole will be drilled in the spot the implant is going in. Following that step, the implant will be placed into the hole and then covered by gum tissue and a protective cover. After that, your mouth will need 6 months to heal until the next step. Once healed, an abutment will be attached by your dentist to the implant so they can then add the crown to your mouth to finish the procedure.
Does the surgery hurt?
When you are having the surgery done, you will be given local anesthesia to numb the pain you would normally feel during the procedure, making the procedure itself completely painless. However, afterward, you are likely to feel discomfort while you are recovering from the surgery, similar to how it feels to undergo a tooth extraction. You will usually be given pain medication though to help deal with this discomfort. You can also take over-the-counter options like Tylenol or Advil to help manage the pain.
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