Dental implants can significantly improve the appearance of your smile while helping to promote healthy gums and teeth. But what happens before, during, and after an implant surgery? You may be wondering how long the procedure will take, if dental implants are painful, and what to expect during recovery.
If you have missing or damaged teeth an implant surgery can help restore your smile by replacing affected teeth. Prior to the surgery your dentist will evaluate if you are a good candidate with a few simple steps:
Once your x-rays have been reviewed and an impression taken, your dentist will move forward with an implant surgery. The initial stage of surgery involves several steps and will take about one to two hours:
Once your jawbone heals after the placement of the fixture, it will begin to fuse with the dental implant making it a permanent part of your smile. Your dentist will determine when your implant is ready to move on to the next step of the procedure depending on the implant’s stability with your jaw. If your jawbone has healed and the implant is stable your dentist will continue with the surgery:
Once the anesthesia wears off you may feel some soreness or a bit of discomfort. Most patients don’t feel any pain after the surgery and are able to go about their daily routine. Your dentist may make several recommendations to ensure a smooth healing process:
After you heal, be sure to keep up with regular dentist appointments for professional cleanings and checkups.
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