Dental implants are rapidly becoming the tooth replacement option of choice. Millions of Americans have chosen implants, like those available at the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria. Once the decision is made, patients usually want to know what’s involved every step of the way. In this post, we’ll describe what to expect during the procedure.
Before the Procedure
It begins with a consultation and preliminary exam. We’ll take X-rays of your teeth and jaw to make sure you have enough healthy bone structure. If you don’t, we may recommend bone grafting
We’ll also inspect your gums for any signs of gum disease. Healthy gums are essential for a successful implant.
During Implant Surgery
After administering anesthesia, a guide hole is drilled into your jaw and a titanium post – which is the actual implant – is screwed in. The process takes about an hour.
Some patients experience minor pain and swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough to control it. An icepack can help, too. Most people can resume their usual activities the same day.