Dental Implant Process Expectations
Prior to performing a dental implant, we will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, bite, plaque and bone structure and review your medical and oral health history. It will also likely be necessary to take an X-Ray or other diagnostic exam to identify underlying issues and determine if you have a sufficient amount of jawbone to support a dental implant, and if so, the optimal placement of the implant. If it is determined that dental implants are the best treatment option for you, the procedure will typically include the following steps:
- A local anesthetic and/or dental sedation is administered to reduce pain, discomfort, and/or anxiety during the procedure.
- If necessary, a tooth extraction will be performed, which will involve elevating the tooth then removing it using forceps. During this process, you should expect to feel some pressure, but the anesthetic and/or sedation to minimize or eliminate pain. If the tooth being extracted has broken off within the gums or has not erupted, it will be necessary to first make an incision into the gum line to access the tooth, after which it can be removed using forceps, or be cut into sections and removed in pieces.
- Next, a small hole is drilled into your jawbone, in which a titanium post is placed. This post will act as the base for the abutment and crown, which will be attached at a later date. Before these pieces can be attachment, it will be necessary to stich this area up to heal and to allow for the post to fuse with your natural jawbone through a process called osseointegration. The time required to complete osseointegration will vary from patient to patient but can take anywhere from six weeks to six months.
- Once osseointegration is complete, the abutment and crown are placed. Once they have been tested to ensure the bite and appearance is correct, the dental implant process will be complete.
Dental Implants Aftercare Instructions
Due to the prolonged nature of the dental implant process, it is essential that you closely follow aftercare instructions provided by your periodontist. In addition to following these instructions, additional steps you can take to minimize post-procedural issues include:
- Discomfort or pain can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain relieving medication. Follow recommended dosages, and if prescribed painkillers, take as directed until the prescription runs out.
- Swelling can be controlled by placing ice packs over the affected area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. It is important to not leave the ice pack on for too long, as doing so reduces blood flow, which can slow the healing process.
- Avoid using a straw, rinsing, or spitting for 24 hours.
- Do not brush or floss for the first 24 hours. When you resume your oral hygiene routine, practice gentle brushing techniques as the area heals. You may begin flossing your natural teeth, but do not use floss on the dental implant.
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods and follow a soft food diet (yogurt, pudding, applesauce, soup) for at least one week. You may begin to slowly reintroduce harder foods as discomfort subsides and healing progresses.
- Rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 48 hours, possibly longer depending on the severity of your case.
Dental Implants Cost
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to making sure you understand what the cost of treatment will be and will do everything we can to help you maximize your dental health benefits and explore third-party financing plans if necessary. One of our business coordinators will be happy to conduct a complimentary benefits analysis for you when you are in the office.
If you do not have insurance and are concerned about the cost of periodontal care, you are not alone. We understand that cost of periodontal treatment is one of the biggest concerns our patients have and are committed to ensuring our patients receive the care they deserve, and that cost of treatment does not prevent this from happening. To learn more about all the financial options we offer, contact our office today. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, credit cards, and financing.
Personalized Port Huron Dental Implant Care and High Quality Services
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, you can be confident that you will have an unparalleled dental experience. Our team of experienced and dedicated professionals are committed to providing the highest level of periodontal support and taking time to get to know our patients. We believe that developing this level of trust and open communication is an essential component to understanding your unique needs and providing you with optimal care.
If you have additional questions about dental implants Port Huron or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us at (810) 987-1400.
We look forward to providing you with the extra attention you deserve!