What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are often made with surgical-grade titanium and are placed underneath the gum line and into the bone. Over the course of three to six months, the implants will fuse with the bone naturally and create a permanent abutment for crowns, bridge work and even dentures or partials. The procedure is becoming incredibly common in the dental field with millions of people already having been fitted for implants.
Before having implants surgically placed, you will need to have a full consultation and examination to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. While most healthy adults are great candidates for dental implants, there are some exceptions, and this will be discussed during your consultation. X-rays will also be needed to determine the bone’s density as well as the best way to place the implant for a more successful healing. Once you’ve gone through an exam and series of x-rays, you will be scheduled for the dental implant procedure.
You will come into the office and receive anesthesia of your choice for the procedure. For minor implants and less complicated surgeries, local anesthesia can be used. For multiple implants or more complicated procedures, general anesthesia will be recommended and used for your own comfort. The implant is then surgically placed underneath the gum line and into the bone. You may receive sutures that will need to be checked when it is time to take them out. You will go home with aftercare instructions that must be followed in order to improve the chances of your implant healing successfully.
Dental implants can take anywhere from three to six months to fully fuse with the bone and provide a secure abutment for your restorations and prosthetics. Implants are built to last a lifetime with proper care and routine dental examinations.