Dental Implants: From Insertion to Aftercare

Dental implants are posts that replicates your own tooth root. These implants are made to replace the root of a tooth, and an artificial tooth will be attached to the post.

How are dental implants placed?

When the exact position of the implant is determined, the cosmetic will drill an initial pilot hole into the jaw.

This hole will be slowly enlarged until the exact size of the implant is achieved. The screw of the implant is then screwed in place, the gum is then secured over it and a top screw is placed to protect the implant.

At this stage the implant will be left for a period so healing and osseontegration (fusing of the bone to the implant) can happen. This normally takes around 4-6 months.

On your next dental visit, your cosmetic dentist will uncover the top part of the dental implant and attach the (abutment) top part of the permanent implant to the screw.

When this is in place a temporary crown can be made and impressions can be taken for a crown to be made. Whilst the crown is being made, the temporary crown acts as a template and the gum slowly forms around it in a natural way.

The last step will be when the crown will be placed and your new tooth is complete.

How long will I take to recover after the dental implants procedure?

There are a number of things to take into consideration and it depends on your own personal healing process.

A good oral hygiene routine is vital. The fusing of the bone to the dental implants can also vary from person to person. When the first phase of the implant is completed, you should only experience slight discomfort, your gums and face may swell a little and its possible for a little bleeding.

Your cosmetic dentist can prescribe pain medication for you to relieve any discomfort you have.

Caring for your dental implants

For at least 5 days after the first phase of your implant placement you should only be chewing soft foods. There may be stitches that need to be removed after 5 days if dissolving ones are not used

Cleaning of the site is very important, as well as cleaning the temporary crown. The cleaning can be carried out as you would your normal teeth as it is vital for the gum to remain healthy and the fusing of the Dental Implant.

Flossing is also advised as any bacteria surrounding the implant could cause the implant failure.

Smoking also contributes to implant failure so it is best advised to not smoke after surgery.