What is Involved in a Dental Implant Procedure?
The surgical procedure used to place a dental implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. During the procedure, your dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space vacated by the missing tooth. It will then be left to heal for a period of 2-6 months before the final crown is attached. After the healing period, the implant is topped with a crown which is custom-made to match your existing natural teeth.
What to Expect After Dental Implant Surgery?
Dental implants will fuse with the jawbone; however, they lack the periodontal ligament, so they will feel slightly different from natural teeth during chewing. However, most patients do not notice the difference after a short time. Dental implants are a long-term investment in your smile, your health and your well-being, so it’s important that you protect your investment. Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can help maintain the health of your implant
. And if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, we will recommend wearing a nightguard.
If you think you might be a candidate for dental implants, call our dental office in Rockville, MD for a consultation: