If you are going to be getting dental implants, then you will end up with a strong, natural looking and feeling replacements for your teeth. If you are like most people, you probably have a lot of questions about the process for getting them and what you can expect during the recovery period. This article will provide you with answers to a lot of the more commonly asked questions about dental implants.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
In order for you to be a good candidate for dental implants, the bone in your jaw needs to have good bone density. You also can't have any condition that prevents you from healing quickly and properly, such as an autoimmune deficiency, diabetes or other issues.
How are dental implants put in?
Dental implants are usually put in place in three separate appointments, with enough time between each one for you to heal fully. During the first appointment, the implant will be put down in your gum and attached to your jawbone.
Once you have healed from the first part of the process, you will go back in and have the implant checked to make sure it is successful. Also, a flap will be created in your gum and an attachment to the implant, which is called an abutment, will be put in place. This portion will remain outside of the gum and once it is in place, you will be sent home to heal again.
The third and final step in the process will involve you coming back in to have the crown attached to the abutment. The crown will be made to fit against the rest of your teeth and to have the same color and shade as the rest of your teeth so it looks natural.
What is the recovery like for having dental implants put in?
When you go in to have dental implants put in, you will be given an anesthetic to keep you from feeling the procedure. You will also be given pain medication to keep you comfortable once you get home. As long as you take your pain medication how it's prescribed, you can expect to feel quite comfortable. You shouldn't need the medication for longer than a few days or so before you start feeling better on your own. You should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery while you are on the pain medication.
For more information about dental implants, contact a dentist in your area.