It’s a common misconception that the phrase ‘dental tooth implant’ is associated with a false tooth being implanted in your gums. What is actually implanted during the surgery is an artificial root to which the false tooth can be attached. Typically, these are small posts which are implanted into the bone of your jaw at one end and crowns at the other end – implant supported bridges or dentures are attached to them. They usually come in titanium and bonds firmly to the of the tooth socket.
With a prosthetic root implanted into the jaw, a dentist can attach false teeth in an extremely firm and secure method. This allows you to speak freely, gives you freedom to eat your favorite foods without worry, while giving you fewer reasons to be concerned about movement of your dentures, crowns and bridges.
What Exactly Is An Implant?
Tooth Implant surgery is a popular way of providing a sturdy base for restoration when replacing one or more missing teeth. The titanium provides a long lasting built and reacts well when placed in the body. The reaction enables it to fuse to the nearby bone tissue and provide a secure foundation for restorations. Because of this, implants have the potential to last a lifetime, provided that you maintain a proper oral hygiene regime.
Tooth implant involves cutting into the gum and using a drill to penetrate in the bone of your jaw, which is then carefully placed into the hole before the gum is replaced. Once the implant has been placed, it may require a few months for your mouth to be healed and become used to the implant. In the meanwhile, you may be advised to fit the implant with temporary dentures or dental bridges.
Post-Tooth Implant Surgery
The area in the mouth is numbed during dental implant treatment, and therefore the pain can be controlled. However, post-surgery, it is normal to feel sore on the area for a number of days. With the recovery period progressing over time, the discomfort should lessen. While implants provide versatility and sturdiness, you may want stay away from smoking or drinking alcohol as these activities can bring adverse affect to the recovery period, which often leads to extended healing period.
Does It Hurt to Have Implants Placed?
The answer is No, not as much as you’d expect. Although, the surgery may be wrapped with gruesome descriptions, the pain is relatively minimal. During the treatment, your gum is cut open using a scalpel to reveal your jaw bone, which is then drilled directly into and a tooth implant is fitted. The procedure is followed by stitching your gum over the implant to allow your jaw and implant grow together. Post-healing, after a few months, your gum is then reopened and a replacement tooth is inserted into your plant.
While it sounds excruciating, the surgery is performed under local anesthetic. If you are extremely anxious, you’ll be put under sedation, allowing you to sleep through during the implantation.
You will feel no sensation, discomfort during the implant. The area will be tender as the local anesthetic wears off and you may experience throbbing or swelling. These effects however can be brought under control with over-the-counter painkiller, or by applying ice pack to the affected site. The pain should not last more than a few days, and in cases where you are in an abnormal amount of pain, even after taking painkillers, you should contact your dentist immediately.
Let not the pain stop you from getting a beautiful, healthy smile. If you think you are a candidate for implant, come see our dental implant experts in Crowley today so that we can provide a more personalized idea of what you may be able to expect in regards to your dental implant procedure.