Dental Implant Surgery: What You Need to Know
Now that you have decided to receive dental implants at your Kingston upon Thames dental clinic, it is important for you to understand how the procedure works. Your dentist at Jiva Dental will have briefed you through the specific steps you need to undergo to receive dental implants. If not, don’t be shy to ask them what happens during the surgery.
Implanting the Device
Dental implant surgery is a two-step procedure that spans several months. The first procedure is directed at implanting a device into your jawbone that will serve as the root of your new tooth. It is done with anaesthesia and typically takes a while for recovery.
During this procedure, the dentist cuts a slit into your gums and uses a (silent) drill to create a hole in your jawbone. Sometimes, they also place the abutment or the post which will hold your new tooth later on. However, some patients choose not to have the abutment at this stage, since it sticks out from the gums and can seem unsightly.
Waiting for the Bone to Grow
After the first procedure, you need to wait for your cut to heal and for the implant to integrate with your jawbone. Care is needed, especially during the first several days after the surgery.
You must refrain from eating hot, hard food and brushing vigorously around the implant. You must also stay away from strenuous physical exercise to ensure quick healing of your mouth.
Placing New Teeth
Around six to eight months after the procedure, your dentist can now place the crown over the abutment. If the abutment has not yet been placed, they need to cut your gums again to expose the implant and attach the abutment. This is done as an out-patient procedure and with the use of anaesthesia.
Your gums need to heal at least two weeks before the crown can be attached. Once you are ready for the crown, your dentist permanently screws it into the abutment so you can enjoy using it like a real, permanent tooth.