Dental implants in Greeley are an excellent solution to permanently treat missing teeth because they recreate the entire tooth structure. As a result, you’ll need to undergo a multi-step treatment process to replace both the root and the crown. The first step involves placing your implant post into your jawbone. Although this requires oral surgery, there’s no need to worry. Dr. Smith has completed advanced training to offer implant placement in-office. Here’s what you can expect during the process.
Generally, if you have good oral and general health, you’re a candidate for dental implants; however, you’ll still need a thorough consultation, including a CT scan. The long-term success of your new smile relies on a strong, healthy foundation; therefore, Dr. Smith may recommend additional procedures before your implant placement surgery, like tooth extractions or bone grafting.
You’ll need to be fully healed from any previous treatments before moving forward with your plan. Although this can add several weeks to a few months to the process, it’s time well-spent to ensure your new smile lasts.
The entire process to insert a single implant post into your jawbone should take about 1 hour; however, if you need multiple posts or your case is complex, it may take a while longer. Dr. Smith will use sedation or anesthesia to make you comfortable while your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. A special drill is used to create a small hole in a pre-determined area of your jaw. You won’t feel any discomfort as the post is inserted into the hole.
Dr. Smith will stitch your gum tissue closed to allow the healing process to begin. It will take several months for your jaw to heal because your bone will fuse to the post through a process called osseointegration. The implant post will serve as a root, which stimulates new bone growth. Your jaw will need to be fully healed before moving on to the next steps in your treatment plan.
Implant Placement Recovery
As with any surgery, you can expect there to be some discomfort while you heal, but you can manage it with an over-the-counter pain reliever. It’s best to take any prescribed medications as recommended by your dentist in Greeley, Dr. Smith. He’ll review your go-home instructions and answer any questions before you leave.
You may experience some swelling, so it’s best to apply a cold compress to the outside of your face in 10-minute intervals. You’ll also want to stick to a soft diet for a few days and avoid anything that might irritate or injure the healing tissue.
Your oral hygiene is essential while you recover to prevent any complications, like infection. Dr. Smith will explain how to care for your surgical sites and any remaining natural teeth. Besides caring for your mouth at home, you’ll also need follow-up visits.
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If you’re ready to permanently replace your missing teeth, take your first step toward a new smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants.