Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth in your mouth. They are relatively permanent, with most patients having implants that are well over 30 to 40 years without showing any signs of disrepair. The procedure to place implants is easy and straightforward, so you can feel confident in choosing this option for yourself.
All About Implants
Implants are inserted deep into the bone during oral surgery. These titanium implants are then given time to fuse with the bone and become a part of your smile. In most cases, implants heal fully in about three to six months, but this varies depending on the specific patient. You will come in after the implants have healed to have a new crown, bridge or denture made to fit over it. You will then benefit from a full and healthy-looking smile that you’ll enjoy for life.
How Long Does The Pain Last?
Oral surgery is required in order to place the actual implants. An incision is made through the gums and the implant itself is inserted into the bone of the jaw. Because of this, swelling and pain are to be expected following the procedure. For some patients, they experience pain for the first few days and then more of a tenderness until the implant fully heals. Over-the-counter pain medications should be sufficient enough to help with relieving the pain and getting you to feeling your best. If you experience severe pain and swelling weeks or months after the procedure, it’s best to come back in for an exam just to ensure the implant is still healing correctly. Every person is different and will heal differently. Some people are pain-free after a few days while others have lingering pain for two to three weeks or more following surgery. Be sure to mention any pain or discomfort you’re having during your follow-up appointment.
Maintaining And Caring For Your New Implants
Implants are relatively easy to care for once they’ve healed. However, during the healing process, it is important to keep your mouth clean and to avoid eating overly hard or crunchy foods to minimize pressure put onto the new restoration. With time, you’ll have a freshly healed implant that helps to restore your entire smile.
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