After Implant Placement
Following the surgical placement of your dental implant we will provide you with care instructions, we will also share with you what to expect in the healing process. We want to encourage proper healing because the stability of your implant relies on it. This phase is crucial to the long term success. Our team at Precision Dental Specialties can provide the tips and education to increase your success.
Dental Implant Bone Healing
Soft tissue heals quickly, your gum tissue at the surgical site should heal within a few days. The more involved healing process is the growth of new bone. Your dental implant was set into bone. Successful implantation involves a healing step we call osseointegration, it is the fusion of bone to the implanted device.
Osseointegration is the integration or bonding of bone and the device we inserted. In the early 20th century, scientists discovered that bone was constantly renewing and willing to continue to grow when something impacted it. Doctors began adding metal to bone in surgical repairs all over the skeletal frame. In dentistry, we use titanium and ceramic rods that are shaped very similarly to screws. The implant has a threaded end that is placed into the bone and a head that we are able to attach a prosthodontic including a dental crown, bridge, or denture to. The threaded end greatly increases the surface area of contact between the bone and implant, as the bone grows and heals around the threads, it firmly bonds the implant to the post. With the implanted post firm, we can then complete the restoration and fit the final prosthodontic device.
Healing correctly is important to the implant process. We want the bone to grow. To increase your ability to heal properly, we will recommend that you:
Follow Medical Advice:
During your consultation, we will go over your medical history. There are multiple factors that can impact your ability to heal at a reasonable rate. This can include certain medications, ailments, and habits. We are happy to discuss any of these factors and make recommendations or speak with your personal physician about adjustments prior to surgery.
Watch for Signs of Infection:
Healing appropriately can be disrupted by infection. We will provide you with proper care instructions, but ask that you stay diligent in watching for symptoms of infection. This can include unusual pain, puffiness, fever, bleeding and more. Ask our team for information on infection and be aware of symptoms throughout the healing process.
Take Care of the Surgical Site:
A dental implant is a post in your mouth, it shouldn't extend above the gumline very much, but you will still want to be cautious to not disturb it. The post will become increasingly firm as the bone beneath heals, but in the meantime, take caution to not wiggle, bump, or dislodge it. You will need to be cautious when eating, with your tongue, or any non-food items that you may place in your mouth. Your dental implant shouldn't be easy to disturb, but we still want to caution not making direct contact with it.
Once the post is firmly set with your bone, we can then complete the restoration work with the prosthodontic device we discussed in your planning.