When our teeth don’t look as good as they should, it can be hard to feel confident in the appearance we give off to others. Whether just one of your natural teeth is missing or you’re one of the 5% of adults who are missing all their natural teeth, it’s important to replace these teeth to restore the appearance of your smile — and the best way to do so is with the help of a cosmetic dentist who can perform dental implant surgery.
Like any surgical procedure, the idea of a dental implant surgery can be intimidating at best — and terrifying at worst. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the typical “staged surgery” dental implant procedure that will help put any anxieties you have to rest.
Several weeks before your surgery, you will visit your general or family dentist office for a consultation meeting where you discuss your options for the dental implant surgery and go over a general timeline of the procedure and recovery period. The consultation will also likely be where you discuss payment options for your dental implant.
Surgical burying of the implant in the jawbone
The first portion of receiving a dental implant involves placing a titanium post into a hole in the jaw at the site of the missing tooth — you will most likely be sedated for this procedure. Once this has been done, the dental implant specialist will secure surrounding gum tissue over the implant to ensure it heals properly.
Recovery from the dental implant surgery
Typically, it takes six months for a patient to fully recover from the implant placement procedure. Because studies have found the procedure to have a 98% success rate, the vast majority of recoveries go smoothly and safely.
Placement of the crown
Once you have fully recovered from the dental implant procedure, it’s time to attach your crown — a synthetic tooth — to the titanium post that was implanted in your jaw. The crown looks and feels just like all your other teeth, and your new dental implant will be able to last a lifetime.
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