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What to Expect When Getting Dental Implants

When most people think about the dentist, they think about pain, and while that belief may have held many years ago, technology and technique have come a long way to eliminate unmanageable pain from nearly all dental procedures. With today’s state-of-the-art equipment and their dental expertise, Jeffrey Barrera, DDS, and the team at Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, have restored countless smiles with dental implants. Read on to learn how.

Minimal discomfort 

We use a local anesthetic to be awake and aware but don’t feel pain during the surgery. 

Expect the same as you would during a fillings procedure. An incision is only made once the area is completely numb.

As the local anesthetic wears off, you may have some discomfort, but it’s usually quite manageable with over-the-counter pain medication and anti-inflammatories. Icing the area may also help relieve any post-operative discomfort.

You may have tenderness in the area in your jaw surrounding your new implant and potentially some swelling or mild bruising. But overall, this is minimal, temporary, and much easier to deal with than eating or talking with missing teeth.

What happens during dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery entails two or more stages. First, if your tooth or teeth are not entirely missing, it is removed to prepare your jawbone for implant placement—next, the metal post (or implant) into your healthy jaw. The post is usually made of titanium since this material post is surgically implanted into your jaw bone. This will serve as the new root for your prosthetic tooth.

We place a healing abutment on the top of the post to help gum tissue heal around the implant site. 

Before the visible portion of your tooth, called the crown, can be affixed, the post must fuse to your jawbone. The fusing process is called osseointegration and can take a few weeks to a few months. 

Once your gums are entirely healed and the post fused, the healing abutment is replaced with a final permanent abutment used to connect the implant with your crown. Finally, your crown is affixed. Crowns are custom contoured and tinted to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. No one will be able to discern between your dental implant and natural teeth.

Go with experience

Experience makes a difference in any kind of oral surgery, and the team at Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry are experts in dental implants. So if you have dentures, bridges, or missing teeth, reclaim your oral health and start smiling again. Call our office or request an appointment online to learn more about dental implants. 

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