When you decide to get a Dental Implant, you may find that more than one dental professional will be working on your implant. The people who work on putting dental implants on people are oral surgeons, periodontists, or dentists who have undergone special training to work with dental implants. There is also a separate person who will be making your artificial replacement tooth. This person is a prosthodontist and he works to make sure that your new tooth will look right and fit right.
The process of getting a dental implant isn’t short, but the entire thing is divided into two each being done in a different time period. One involves the surgical procedure of putting the dental implant in your mouth and the second is done after the area has healed.
Before you can get a dental implant, it is important to go through an examination so as to make sure that you are fit to get a dental implant. Since the dental implant is to be attached onto your jawbone, the dentists will have to check through x-rays whether you have an adequate amount in the area to support the implant. It is also important for you to have healthy gums that are free of any gum disease. The following conditions will deem you illegible for getting an implant: you are a smoker, you have autoimmune problems, you go through radiation therapy in your head or neck, and you are diabetic.
If you are clear to go, you will go to the first part of getting the Dental Implant. First, the surgeon will give you some painkillers or some antibiotics to take before he starts with the procedure. You may also ask for some anesthesia or get yourself sedated prior to starting.
So that the surgeon can access the bone area, he will need to make an incision in the gums that are covering the bone. Upon seeing the bone, the surgeon will start to create a hole using a drill. Upon finishing, he will insert the metal implant into the hole. Before the surgeon will finish and stitch the gums back, he will take x-rays of the area so that he can see the alignment of the dental implant and make any adjustments. With the positioning correct, the surgeon can then stitch the incision he made on your gums covering the implant. You will take some painkillers although expect some discomfort over the next few days. Make sure to keep your mouth clean but avoid brushing the stitched area.
Once your gums have healed after a few months, you will then move on to the second part. Here, the Oral Surgeon will again make an incision to reveal the dental implant underneath that has already fused with the bone. If the implant is still loose or hasn’t fused into the bone, the implant will be replaced with a wider one or given more time. The surgeon will then attach a metal cap on top of the implant to keep the spacing between the teeth while your replacement tooth is being made.