Dental Implant FAQs
Since dental implants are quickly becoming the preference for replacing missing teeth for our Macomb County patients, we find that we are often answering many of the same questions day after day about dental implants. While implants are not a new procedure, they are a unique procedure that many people are not completely familiar with. To help patients better understand what they can expect when they get a dental implant, we’ve compiled this list of common questions and their answers.
Question: What Are Implants Made of?
Answer: Most modern dental implants are made of titanium. Titanium is a very strong and durable metal. It is also frequently used in medical implants and equipment because it does not frequently cause reactions in the body. Titanium is also unique in that it allows the bone cells in your jaw to fuse to the implant over time, making the implant very strong. This process is called osseointegration.
Question: How Does the Procedure Work?
Answer: Before the procedure, we start with x-rays and three dimensional images of the jaw and the location where the implant will be placed. This allows us to know the condition of your jaw bone, and we can create a “map” of the area so that the implant can be placed without damaging structures like nerves and sinuses or causing unnecessary pain or complications.
During the procedure, a small incision is made in the gum allowing us to freely see the bone. A guide hole is drilled into the bone where the implant post will be placed. The post is then set in the hole. This is your implant. You will have a gap where your tooth is missing, while the implant is allowed to rest and the jaw bone grows around the implant.
After a few months, the implant should be firmly set in the jaw bone, and the abutment can be placed. This is the piece where your crown will eventually be attached. Attaching the abutment is a minor procedure, but does require local anesthesia, and a couple of weeks of healing before the crown is placed.
When your jaw bone is strong enough, your new tooth or teeth can be attached to the abutment. The crown is made from porcelain or a strong resin material that is made from an impression of your mouth. Your new tooth or teeth will be made to look as natural as possible and will match the color of any surrounding teeth.
Question: What Happens After the Procedure?
Answer: Like any type of surgery, you will have some discomfort after having your implant placed. This may include pain, swelling of your gums or face, bruising and some minor bleeding. You should notice improvement of your discomfort after a few days. While you’re healing, make sure you follow all post-surgery instructions, and eat only soft foods.
Question: What Are the Typical Results of Dental Implant Surgery?
Answer: Like most surgical procedures, there is a minimal risk and the rate of success is fairly high. In general, about 95% of dental implant procedures are successful and result in a strong, healthy base for your new tooth. Individual success is dependent on your care of the implant after the procedure, your oral hygiene practices and avoiding things like smoking and alcohol.
I Want Information About Dental Implants in Troy, MI!
Dental implants are a great way to replace teeth, without the hassle and annoyance of dentures and bridges. They are a permanent solution to missing teeth and can restore your smile to its original beauty. If you are ready to consider a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, Dr. Paul Mansky can help. As one of Detroit’s best and most experienced dentists, you can rest assured that you’ll get the best care and the best possible results for your dental implant. If you would like to schedule a consultation for a dental implant at our Troy Dental Office, call us today at (248) 689-5508.