Getting dental implants is a good way of permanently replacing missing teeth. Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth because they’re inserted into the jaw bone and aren’t removable. They feel less foreign to the mouth than removable dentures. Moreover, they’re durable; they can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
However, dental implants come at a price. Depending on the number of implants you intend to get, as well as the number of procedures needed to have them inserted, dental implants can set you back by thousands of dollars. They can also take a toll on your physical well-being. Even though dental implants are low-risk and have a high success rate, they require multiple invasive surgeries. It will take you days, weeks, and even months to recover. That’s why you’ll have to be in good physical health to withstand these surgeries without suffering from complications.
During surgery, your implant dentist will make an incision in your gums and drill the titanium root of the implant into the gum and bone tissue of your jaw. Afterwards, you’ll have to wait for the dental implant site to heal before the dental crown can be placed over the titanium root. While healing, you’ll have to take antibiotics to prevent infections from happening.
Though your gums can heal in a matter of weeks, it will take the titanium root five to six months to fuse completely to the bone tissue. While implant failure (failure of the root to fuse to the bone) happens rarely, it’s still possible if you have low bone density or if you smoke during the recovery phase.
In cases of dental implant failure, the dentist will make a new incision over the titanium root, then take it out. You’ll have to recover for a month or two before a new implant can be inserted again.
Recovering from a dental implant procedure can take some time, but it’s worth the wait for having a new perfect set of teeth. If you have any concerns about dental implants, then don’t hesitate to call Dr. Friedman at (732) 352-3903 and set an appointment immediately.