Single tooth implants are for people who are missing a single tooth. An implant refers to surgically placing an artificial tooth in an opening in the jawbone. After the procedure the implant attaches to the bone and becomes the new root for the crown that will be used to replace the missing tooth. It fills the empty space left in the mouth due to the missing tooth and looks natural.
Here are some questions that people have in mind before going through a dental implant procedure:
How painful is the surgery?
The single tooth implant surgery is performed in the dentist’s office while the patient is under the effect of local anesthesia, similar to the filling process. Once the anesthetic has had its effect, the patient doesn’t feel anything.
After effects of anesthesia:
No visible open wounds occur during a single tooth implant surgery, the recovery is relatively quick without any complications. The patient might experience some minor discomfort but that can be easily managed with anti-inflammatory medicines.
Time consumed during the procedure:
Time consumed depends upon the location of implant. However, a simple and uncomplicated implant shouldn’t take more than an hour.
What to eat after implant surgery?
One should avoid eating food as it exposes the surgical site. It is recommended to take soft and nutritious food products to keep yourself hydrated. Dentists often provide a diet with complete instructions to take care of your implant during the healing process.
Time consumed in healing and construction of the replaced tooth:
The whole process can take between two to nine months, depending upon the patient’s condition. During the first phase the implants fuse to the bone during healing and in the second phase the restorations are attached and fabricated.
Life of dental implants:
After successful fusion to the bone the implant becomes fully functional. It can last for many years if maintained properly. Cases exist where implants have lasted for 40 years.
Can body reject dental implants, and if yes then what to do?
In rare cases where the implant does not fuse with the bone during first attempt maybe due to development of fibrous tissue around it or infection. If such a situation occurs then the implant should be removed and the area should be allowed to heal. Another implant can be added later which can integrate normally with the bone.
Cost of dental implants:
Cost of dental implants is relative. Dental implants can be relatively more expensive than fixed bridgework, but due to their long lifespan the cost turns out to be effective in the end.
Dental implant procedures are not covered in insurance plans like most elective procedures. However, some plans do cover them, your dentist can offer you payment options to make sure you receive the best treatment available to replace the missing tooth, irrespective of insurance coverage.