Receiving dental implants typically takes months. Naturally, you’ll want to enjoy the benefits of your new teeth as soon as possible, so you might be wondering if there’s a way to speed up the process; however, the fact is that there are very good reasons why the procedure is laid out the way it is. If your cosmetic dentist didn’t follow all of the proper steps, it could lead to complications that ultimately cause implant failure. Keep reading to learn 3 important facts about the process of getting dental implants – and why you should always follow the timeline your dentist gives you.
1. You May not Be Able to Have the Surgery Scheduled Right Away
One of the most important aspects of receiving dental implants is making sure that the posts have a healthy foundation of jawbone to rest on. This normally isn’t a problem if you need to have teeth extracted; the implants can often be placed on the same day. On the other hand, if bone loss or an infection has occurred in your mouth, you’ll have to undergo bone grafting, periodontal therapy, or another treatment to restore your oral health before surgery; otherwise, there’s a very good chance the implant won’t fuse with the jawbone and will ultimately fail.
2. You’ll Need Time to Recover After Implant Surgery
While the actual surgery will be fairly painless thanks to the use of general anesthesia, some discomfort may be felt over the next few days. Such pain is very mild, and you should be able to return to school or work in about three days at most. That said, the healing process won’t be truly complete until the jaw has completely bonded with your implant post, and that normally takes several months. Putting pressure on the implant too soon can cause it to fail, so your dentist will wait before placing a false tooth on the post.
3. The Process Will Be Different for Every Patient
The exact amount of time it takes for your mouth to heal around on implant depends on a number of factors, including the number of implants placed, the health of your jawbone, and any factors unique to your mouth and body. Your dentist will need to make specific accommodations based on your situation in order to avoid complications. Needless to say, you’ll want to have a carefully chosen expert to oversee the process and help you make the correct decisions.
These are just the basics of what you’ll need to know before implant surgery; your dentist can answer any additional questions you might have. As long as you fully understand what to expect, you’ll be able to navigate the dental implant process smoothly and come out with a dazzling new smile as a result!
About the Author
Dr. Robert E. Christensen has been helping the members of his hometown community in Midland enjoy better, brighter smiles since 1979, and he’s gained quite a reputation over the years, as his patients will tell you. Having received his Doctor of Dental Surgery and completed numerous education courses in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, he’s well-equipped to guide his patients through the process of replacing teeth with dental implants. To schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (432) 684-7424.