Bronx Residents: Here’s How to Prepare for Dental Implants

Dental Implants Bronx Beats Other Tooth Replacement Options

partsofimplantDental implants offer advantages to bridges or false teeth because the dental implants are actually replacement tooth roots, so the improvement isn’t only a cosmetic opportunity to look better, but the implant also allows the patient to have a replacement tooth that tends to feel better and function better than a bridge or false teeth, taking away issues such as problems with speech, food particles causing pain, and of course, convenience.

How to Prepare for Surgery

The plan for surgery can vary depending on each patient and their course of treatment. Each patient can expect to have a complete and very thorough examination and evaluation of their mouth and teeth. The dentist will take X-rays and will make models of the mouth and the teeth. The actual treatment will vary in each situation, dependent on variables such as how many teeth are being replaced and the health and condition of the jawbone.

Each situation may be different, but sometimes an oral and maxillofacial surgeon may be involved. These doctors are specialists in working with the mouth, jaw, and face. A periodontist may also be involved to ensure that the structures of the mouth are satisfactory before the procedure takes place.

The Dental Team Prior to Surgery

The dental team will remove the tooth or remnants that will be replaced while preparing the jawbone for surgery. Preparing the jawbone may require bone grafting to better ensure the success of the new tooth. Once the jawbone heals properly, an oral surgeon will implant a metal post into the jawbone. Once the jawbone heals, the surgeon will then put an abutment, which is an extension of the implant metal post and then the crown (new tooth) is inserted.

After the Dental Implants Bronx

The entire process may take from three to nine months including healing time. Much of the time for the process to be complete is spent waiting for the growth of the new bone. Immediately after surgery a patient can expect some swelling of the gums and face, as well as some minor bruising to the same area. This is a surgery, so there is likely to be some pain at the site of the procedure as well as some minor bleeding. Pain medications and antibiotics will be prescribed by the oral surgeon.

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For most people, the dental implants work great and the effort to have naturally looking and natural feeling teeth is worth the effort. Call (718) DR.SMILE (718-377-6453) or click here to Book an appointment at Morris Park Dental today!