If your dental health had needed you to extract one tooth, you can still get a new one through dental implants. It is a prosthetic replacement that has been considered a standard care for one’s dental problems. However, you could be hesitant about this procedure because of the many doubts, questions and concerns you have in mind. This infographic will answer questions that will focus on dental implants. It is a procedure that provides an artificial tooth that appears to be like an original one because it stands on its own due to its artificial root.
1. Dental implants are used to replace one tooth only. However, you can also opt for dentures that are removal or even fixed or cemented. These are more affordable than implants but the quality could be different than the latter. It could change the way you taste the food.
2. Dental operations can be done by any licensed dentists. But there are also specialists such as an oral maxillofacial surgeon or oral surgeon who treat defects on both hard and soft tissues. They can also perform tooth extraction and surgeries on the jaws. On the other hand, a periodontist can treat diseases that surround the teeth structures.
3. Endosteal and subperiosteal are the two types of dental implants. But it is recommended that you get endosteal implants because it is considered more beneficial especially in the long term. It is a procedure wherein an implant is placed on top of the jawbone under the tissue of the gums.
4. If you are hesitating because of the pain you might need to endure, dentists like others use anaesthetic when doing the surgery. Hence, there will be no pain while the procedure is being conducted but when the anaesthesia wears off, the pain is just similar to the feeling after you got a tooth extraction. The pain is tolerable but if you don’t want to feel the discomfort, there are over the counter medications that you can take.
5. The procedure for a dental implant starts with getting X-ray or CT scans in the mouth area to check the site of surgery. You will be given an anaesthetic to ensure that you will feel no pain while undergoing the surgery. Sedatives will also be used to avoid discomfort and anxiety. Then, expect a tooth extraction to get rid of damaged tooth in the area. For the rest of the process, consult a dentist to check what will be best for your case.
6. Take note that there might also be some risks and complications that could happen after the surgery. This includes excessive bleeding and infections especially if the patient has an existing medical condition. That’s why initial scanning of the person’s health must be done before the surgery. Moreover, you need to find a specialist who has been proven to be skilled in this field of dentistry.
7. If complication such as inflammation of the gum that is similar to periodontal gum disease occurs, you need to have routine checkups with your dentist. Your oral hygiene should be strictly followed. Lastly, brushing and flossing must be done carefully.
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