Happy girl with beautiful smile because she just completed dental implant treatment

Dental Implants – Types, Procedure, Recovery, and Risks 

Feb 01, 2020

Do not let your smile get spoiled because of a lost tooth. Restorative dentistry has a solution for you. You can get your smile back. The missing teeth can be replaced now. The process that can help you achieve the perfect smile is a dental implant.

Implantation is the process of getting a false tooth for filling the gap between teeth created by the loss of a tooth. You might have heard about this process before. Most people find it a very painful and time-consuming process. None of the thoughts are believable. Misconceptions prevail everywhere. Every procedure has several myths associated. Do not neglect oral health because of them.

Artificial teeth in the implant do not look odd among the natural teeth. The replaced ones look the same. The color and shape of the implant is first matched with other teeth. You will not feel the difference.

Types of Dental Implants and the Procedure

Teeth replacement does not have several types. The majority of the patients need only one or two teeth to be replaced. Some severe and rare conditions demand the replacement of four teeth. The procedure is called an All-On-4 dental implant. In this type, four teeth are replaced or implanted.

The procedure followed for the teeth replacement is the same as the replacement of one tooth. The steps of the implantation are:

X-ray and Local Anesthesia

First, your dentist will request an x-ray. He or she will be able to diagnose any other problem or the current condition of your jaw. If the jawbone does not have sufficient space for the implant, a bone augmentation procedure will be followed. This will create space on the jawbone to provide better support to the implant. If there is no need for augmentation, the site of action will be numbed with local anesthesia. You will not sleep during the process.

Placement of the Implant

It is a painless treatment because anesthesia is used for numbing. After anesthetizing, the titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and left for healing. This screw is the base of your artificial tooth so it must be strong.

Placement of the Cap

A tooth-shaped structure is placed when the implant is healing. This artificial tooth is made up of porcelain or resin so that they do not look different while you laugh or smile. This cap or tooth has the same color and the shape is precise for better results.

The procedure takes two to three visits because the dentist has to wait for the surgical site to heal after every step.

For the All-On-4 process, the above-stated procedure is followed but the time increases as there are four implants to be made.

Risks of Dental Implant Procedure

Implants have a success rate of 98 percent. You do not have to worry about the success but there are some risks that you must keep in mind before the procedure begins.

  • Implant site may be infected
  • Surrounding teeth or blood vessels may be affected
  • Numbness may last longer than expected
  • The surgical site might swell for a few hours
  • During the placement of the screw, the titanium may damage some nerves or blood vessels

The recovery time varies for each person. The more you maintain a better hygiene routine, the easier and quicker recovery is.

Types of Artificial Teeth

At the clinic, the dentist will inform you about the types of false teeth. You can get fixed, removable, or mixed of both types.

Fixed Teeth

The artificial is installed in the jaw first. It is a little painful but the anesthesia has taken good control of it. The All-On-4 procedure mostly follows the fixed teeth type.

Removable Teeth

They are similar to traditional dentures. A metallic base is placed above the jaw and the false denture is placed on it.

How to Care for Implants

Implants are durable but they can last longer if they know some post-implant care tips.

  • Do not brush or floss for the first two to three days
  • Visit the dentist regularly
  • Once healed, use brushes and flosses
  • Use mouth rinses
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Reduce the intake of confectionaries

Our state of the art facility can help you with an implant. Visit our clinic and you will know the comfort level our patients have.