Many dental procedures can be performed on a patient’s mouth and dental implant procedures are very common.
The dentist will place an artificial or custom tooth to replace a missing or damaged tooth. These dental implants will always involve dental surgery. Once the implant is successful, your new dental implant will feel and function just like your other teeth.
A dental implant procedure will involve the following activities
Activities on the surgery day
- Rinsing your mouth with special types of anti-bacterial mouthwashes, commonly used is the chlorahexadine.
- Receiving antibiotic instructions that may be necessary to take before the surgery
- What food to eat and avoid
- Advice on having assistance if anesthesia will be involved
The procedure is carried out in phases that can take a few months, depending on the number of teeth to be replaced and the individuals’ dental health and history.
The first phase
Administration of anesthesia – Most implant surgeries will involve local anesthesia that will numb the nerves in the region of the tooth or teeth to be operated. This will minimize any pain during the procedure. The oral dentist will make an incision on the gum to expose the jawbone and subsequently, holes are made in the bone using a surgical drill. Next, implant cylinders are placed in the openings.
The cylinders will become part of the bone as the tooth roots. The dentist may recommend temporary dentures or partials in the mouth. Afterwards, the implants are placed into the cylinders and allowed to fuse with the jawbone.
The second phase
After your initial surgery, you will have to visit the dentist again. During that time, the gum is opened again so that abutments may be placed into the implants. The abutments are what the dentists will use for fitting the new crown into your jawbone. After that visit, your crown will be constructed. Once the crown has been completed, the new crown will have to be placed. And finally the gum is closed around the abutments and your implant is complete.
Are you interested in a dental implant procedure or have any questions? Feel free to contact Dr. Peter Hazim. You can call us at (972) 727-5599. We are located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.