If you are dealing with one or more missing teeth, dental implants might be an excellent way to restore your smile.
They are artificial teeth designed to mimic the structure, look, and function of a natural tooth. However, getting dental implants involves a lengthier process than you might expect. Patients often need around 4-6 months of healing before they can complete the procedure.
Check out this short article to understand what to expect when healing from implant dental surgery.
Dental implants are made from three elements:
Implant surgery involves placing the metal post into the gums to replace the root of the missing tooth. The procedure itself is rather straightforward. The surgeon will make an incision into the gum and tissues, then insert the metal post.
The abutment and dental crown will be attached on top of the post only after the implant site is fully healed, which can take several months.
After the metal post is implanted, the body goes through a process called osseointegration, during which your gums, jaw bone, and other tissues heal around the implant, effectively keeping it in place permanently.
Moreover, immediately after your surgery, a blood clot will form on the surgery site to protect all the nerves and tissues that are now exposed. Until the site heals, you may experience a few symptoms, such as:
However, these symptoms diminish as time goes by.
So what happens during these 4-6 months? Well, check out this short timeline:
To support the implant healing process, you can:
If you’re interested in dental implants, Dr. Vishal Kulkarni can help you find out if they’re the right solution for you, or recommend another way to restore your smile.