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The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

You only have one set of adult teeth, and they need to last until you are 80, 90, or beyond. The actions you take towards your teeth today will either benefit you or harm you in the future. Of course, good dental care starts with seeing a dentist regularly. You should go in for cleanings and checkups, and any other time you think something might be amiss with your teeth. Education is important when it comes to any aspect of your health, so start reading the articles on this website to educate yourself about dentists and dental care. We promise that when you're 80 and you still have your teeth, you won't regret the time spent.


The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

3 Things To Expect When Getting A Dental Implant

Sofia Curtis

Many people decide that dental implants are the best option for them. The implantation process becomes a necessity when you lose a permanent tooth and need to fill the gap. Most people shy away from this process because they do not understand what to expect when they get to the dentist for an appointment. However, it is simple to understand all these processes for a positive outcome. Here are the three steps to expect when getting the implant. 

The Dentist Will Evaluate You 

The dentist first evaluates your mouth to determine whether you are fit for the implant. The evaluation process involves checking the state of the mouth, gums, and jawbone. The assessment might include X-rays, impressions of your gums, and other imaging techniques to ensure that the prosthetic will fit and blend in with the rest of your mouth. You have the freedom to decide how many teeth you want to replace with the implants. The dentist might also refer you to other professionals like periodontists to help you manage the dental condition before meeting the dentist. 

They Will Extract the Tooth

The second step in the process is removing the damaged tooth. It might not be necessary if you have already lost the tooth to trauma or decay. It is possible to have the tooth extracted on the same day that the dentist puts the implant in place. However, some dentists will allow you to get some time to heal before they assess the jawbone and decide whether to place the titanium screw. 

Inserting the Implant

The implantation process involves some drilling, but you get sedated to eliminate any pain. The dentist plants the titanium screw in your jawbone. The screw will act as the root and is a permanent fixture. However, the dentist can safely remove it on rare occasions that it fails. They will send you home to heal before proceeding.

Placing the Abutment and Crown

The next step is placing the abutment. It is the neck or stump that will support the crown. The dentist only puts it in place when assured that the root will remain. After the abutment, they will add the permanent crown to complete the procedure.

Understanding the process is the first step in simplifying the procedure. It also helps you get the best possible outcome from the process. It will be possible when you consult with a competent dentist and follow their instructions.