Whether you go to the dentist religiously or only when you are in pain, at some point you are going to need more than a cavity filled. If the doctor mentioned dental implants to you, do not be scared. They are quite common and are a step up from bridges and dentures. Lee Trevino Dental is here to help.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth made of titanium metal and ceramic material that are made to look like teeth and fused to your jawbone. They stay put, look like real teeth, and never need to be replaced. No other teeth are involved in the process and there is no embarrassing or annoying clicking noise to contend with. In the US alone, more than 5.5 million of these procedures are done annually.
What to Expect When Getting Dental Implants
The dentist may take measures to build up your jawbone prior to implantation and you must be in good general health and have healthy gums in order to be a good candidate for dental implants. In addition, it is recommended that you not smoke as this can cause you to lose the implant. The dental implant procedure is done in the dentist office under local anesthesia. Once the doctor is done, you may experience some swelling and pain. You will be prescribed pain medication to help with any discomfort and you will have to eat a diet of soft, cold food and lukewarm soups.
For a period between two and six months, your bone and the implant fixture are going through a process called osseointegration wherein they are growing together. Once it is complete, the dentist will implant your artificial tooth. In the meantime, you may receive a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help with chewing and speaking. During the time of osseointegration, there is gum tissue covering the implant. The dentist will need to add a healing collar and take impressions in order to make your new tooth. Fixtures are then connected to the implants, creating a secure attachment for your new teeth.
After the Dental Implants are Secure
Once the process is complete, be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss daily to keep the gum tissue healthy. Be sure to be careful when cleaning around your implants. Remember to keep all dentist appointments, especially for professional cleanings. If you are still nervous about dental implants or any other dental procedure, if you are in the El Paso area, call Lee Trevino Dental. They are entering their 40th year in practice and are available to help with all your dental needs.