What To Expect At Your Dental Implant Appointment
Updated: Jun 20, 2019
Dental implants offer a natural-looking, long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. They are embedded into your jawbone in order to hold replacement teeth in place as securely as possible. The development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years and is made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body, and are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. If you are getting dental implants for the first time, here's what to expect. First
The dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
The bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
The final phase is placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. While your replacement teeth are being made, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.
Bona Dental Clinic is a leading destination in Africa for many looking to get high quality care and sturdy dental implants. For additional questions on dental implants or other inquiries, please contact us today.