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Mar
8

What To Expect With Dental Implant Surgery

Posted in Dental Implants

With the increasing popularity of dental implants, you might be considering this procedure to replace your missing tooth.  It’s not uncommon to have questions about a surgery you’re considering the process and recovery that might be involved.

What Is A Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement therapy.  It involves the placement of a titanium post into the bone, creating an artificial root that a prosthetic tooth can be adhered to. Prior to your dental implant surgery, you’ll meet with your dental specialist to plan your dental implant procedure.

Will It Hurt?

Just as with most surgeries, some discomfort is possible, but with dental implants it is minimal.  Local anesthesia is commonly used other sedation may also available to insure your absolute comfort and ease during the procedure.

Your Implant Surgery

Before your procedure begins, the area around your new implant will be thoroughly numbed.  Once you’re comfortable, a small incision is made in the gum to expose your bone.  A special drill creates a new socket for the implant to be placed into.

Once the post is correctly installed, the healing process begins and will continue for a few months.  During this time, your jawbone will undergo the important process of grafting onto the new titanium implant, creating a stable new tooth.

Your New Tooth

Once healing has been completed, you’ll return to the dental office for a minor procedure, under local anesthesia, to place an extension called an abutment.  An abutment is the piece that your new tooth will be anchored to. Once your mouth has healed, you’re ready for your new tooth to be installed and start enjoying your beautiful smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Memorial Park Dental Spa
6010 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 336-8478

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