Getting dental implants is not the same thing that you would expect when you are going in for a routine dental check-up. The procedure involves drilling a hole through your jaws in order to insert a titanium rod. While this may seem like a very daunting procedure, this does not mean that you should forego the procedure completely. Dental implants are anchored deep within the gums of the patient, which would mean that they are permanent in the same way that natural teeth are. Given this, they function in the same way that your real teeth do, and you need not fear them ever falling off.
What does the procedure involve?
There are two major steps in the dental implant procedure, as detailed below:
This step involves making sure that Dr. Trotter would know exactly where to drill on the eduntulous, or empty, patch of jaw. This would mean that Dr. Trotter would have to ask you to undergo a series of tests to ensure that he or she does not drill through any sensitive structure within your jaws, such as alveolar nerves. Alveolar nerves are found within the mandible or the lower jaw. The tests which you may have to subject yourself to include x-rays and CT scans.
Drilling the Hole
Once Dr. Trotter has the all go, he or she can then make the pilot hole through the patch of gum, taking care that nothing sensitive gets hit in the process. The pilot hole is then stretched so as to accommodate the titanium rod. Once the rod is installed, it takes around six months for the entire structure to heal completely. As soon as the rod has integrated with the rest of the bone tissues, then Dr. Trotter can proceed with the final step which is to place the porcelain crown over the rod.
How long is the expected recovery period from the procedure?
The recovery period will depends according to the level of your immune system. A healthy individual should be able to recover from the implant placement within six months and in an additional two more months for the placement of the crown. Right after the procedure, considerable swelling as well as pain and discomfort are expected. However, with good dental hygiene and with the aid of OTC pain relievers, a healthy patient should be able to heal and recover from the procedure completely.
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