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How dental implants are placed

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How dental implants are placed
Dental implants are an excellent method for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants mimic the structure of natural teeth.
The majority of dental implants are placed using a two-step process. In this article is presented a description of how the two-step process works.

First surgery

You may be given antibiotics and pain medicine before the surgery. Your dentist will use local anesthesia for the procedure and will offer you sedation if you want it. You can also be sedated through an intravenous line.

To place the implants, the surgeon will first make an incision in your gums to expose the bone. He or she then will drill a hole in the bone and place the implant in the hole. The surgeon will then stitch your gum closed over the implant.
In most cases, placing a single dental implant requires about one hour. You will feel some pain after this procedure. The level of discomfort is relatively mild.

After the surgery, your surgeon will give you antibiotics and pain medicine. You also will get instructions to follow.
After the implant is placed in your jaw, you will have to wait several months for the bone to bond with the implant. This process is called osseointegration.

Second surgery

After the implants have integrated with the surrounding bone, the surgeon or dentist will perform second surgery. After giving you local anesthesia, your surgeon will make a small cut in the gum. This exposes the implant. This surgeon will remove a protective screw from the implant and replace it with a metal healing cap. It maintains the space so that the gum heals correctly around the implant.
In a very small percentage of cases, the implants will not successfully integrate with the bone.
Some dentists are now using one-stage implants. These implants are placed in the jaw and remain exposed in the mouth so that no second surgery is needed.






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