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With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are used. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable afterward than they’d expected. It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. Expect to be able to work the next day.
The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist.
State-of-the-art guided surgical techniques allow you to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has greatly simplified the procedure for both patients and dentists. The major advantage is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue needed. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.
The conventional process can take from three to six months. After placing the dental implant, it is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. You’ll have a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.
When combined with modern restorative dentistry, implants’ appearance, comfort and function are excellent. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. You can eat and drink whatever you choose. Dental implants often improve quality of life dramatically. People who have felt embarrassed or worried about their teeth are often delighted by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
Occasionally, patients worry that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. But your health is more relevant. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough for implants. After evaluating your health history, we can give you a prognosis.
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay. The determining factor is the amount of available bone.
It depends upon the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth.