One of the most important things you need to know is the dental implant cost. First and for most you have to find out how much the teeth implants cost for you. Since dental implant is extensively costly in the US, more and more people decide to get it done abroad by medical tourism.
Whenever you get implants, most likely more than one dentist treats you. An oral periodontist, surgeon and/or general dentist with training in implants will place the dental implants in your jawbone. A prosthodontist will make the bridges, crowns or dentures, which will look like the natural teeth. The dental surgeon who places the implants will coordinate the treatment procedure with your dentist. He or she makes the decision what implants to utilize, how many of them you really need and where to place them. Most of us are good candidates for dental implants. It is important to have enough jaw bone to hold the implant
Sometimes people need implants to replace teeth that have been missing for a long time. Someone wants implants to replace teeth that had been extracted just recently for any reasons. In some cases, the teeth can be extracted and the dental implant placed at the exact same time. In contrast, if you have a severe infection in a tooth root or your gum tissue, your dentist may hold off a few months after removing the teeth to let the area heal.
If someone don't have enough bone for an implant, you might have to build up the bone in the area. This is quite a common process, known as bone grafting or augmentation. After it is done, you will require 4 to 8 months to heal before having the implants. You can wear a bridge or dentures during this period and so you won't be without teeth.
Implants usually placed using a two-step process. The surgeon first makes a cut in your gum tissue to expose the bone. Then will drill a hole in the bone tissue and place the implant in the hole. The surgeon most likely is going to take an X-ray to make sure that the implant is exactly where it has to be. As a last step the surgeon stitches the gum over the implant.
The time that is needed for the treatment depends on: the number of implants and whether you get a bone tissue graft. If you get just one dental implant the whole process requires less than an hour. You might feel some discomfort after this procedure. The level of pain and discomfort depends on the person, but in most cases it is reasonably mild.
After the surgery, you will get antibiotics, pain medicine and instructions that you need to follow. Some of these will include: don't spit, don’t use straws and do not smoke, because it can dislodge blood clots and slows down the healing process.
You can eat soft food only to avoid gum injury. You are not allowed to clean the surgical area for two or three days, but clean the rest of your mouth as usual. You have to return to the dental office 8 to 10 days later for removal of the stitches.
After the implant surgery, you have to wait 3 to 6 months until the bone tissue heals around the implant. The waiting period depends on the person, the number of implants and where they placed. (Upper or lower jaw) During this healing period the head of the implant remains under the gum.
When the implants have integrated with the surrounding bone tissue, the second step will come. After local anesthesia, the surgeon makes a little cut in the gum above the implant and so the implant will be exposed. After the protective screw has been removed, it will be replace with a so called healing cap that seats above your gum, exactly where your tooth would be. This way the gum heals correctly around the implant.
Very rarely happens that the implant won’t integrate well enough to the jaw bone. If so, the surgeon replaces it with another one, which is slightly wider. The other possibility is to remove the implant, place grafts of bone instead and waiting until the area fully heals before the second implant.
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Author: Jim I. Paskuly