Do you have implant surgery coming up or are you considering them as a replacement option? At Sandy Lake Dental & Orthodontics, we offer dental implants because of their many functional and health benefits. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Once completely fused to your bone, dental implants can support various restorations for a beautiful and strong tooth replacement. Because this process does require surgery, many patients wonder about how dental implants in Coppell are placed. Keep reading to learn more about this process and what you should do after implant surgery.
Once you’ve had your consultation and your surgery is scheduled, you’ll come back into our office for the placement of your implants. We will ensure that you’re completely numb and comfortable before beginning. The surgery will start by making small incisions in your gums to access your jawbone. Then, we will create tiny holes in your jaw for the placement of your implants. After your implants are placed, you’ll still have a gap in your smile. We will give you a temporary restoration to wear while your implants heal. We must allow at least 3 to 4 months for your dental implants to fuse to your bone. This osseointegration process ensures the permanence, support, and stability of your dental implants for years to come.
Once your surgery is complete, it’s normal to feel slight discomfort and soreness around the implant site. You may experience swelling, bruising, and minor pain or bleeding, but these symptoms are regular. In fact, they can usually be managed with pain medication that we prescribe, and we may also give you antibiotics to fight off infection. It’s always important that you give yourself a few days to rest after surgery. Additionally, we use self-dissolving stitches so you won’t have to worry about taking them out, but you should follow a strict soft-foods diet after surgery. And, when you have to chew, be sure to do so on the opposite side of your mouth.