Dental implants provide a stable base for a number of dental prosthetics including crowns and dentures. These artificial tooth roots are surgically placed into your jawbone during an in-office procedure. To see if you are a good candidate for dental implants, call the Vallejo Oral Surgery office located in Vallejo, California, today or book an appointment online.
Why should I choose dental implants?
Dental implants offer an enormous amount of benefits. Not only do they provide sturdy bases for dental prosthetics such as crowns and dentures, but they provide other benefits as well. These include:
- Jaw stimulation so you won’t lose bone density
- Your prosthetic won’t slip in your mouth
- Clean just like your regular teeth (consistent brushing and flossing)
- Durable (will last a lifetime with proper care)
- Your other teeth won’t shift out of position
If dental implants seem like the right tooth-replacement strategy for you, call the Vallejo Oral Surgery office or book an appointment online.
How do I get dental implants?
It takes a few months to complete the whole dental implant process, but because of the added benefits implants provide, it’s well worth the wait. At your first appointment, your Vallejo Oral Surgery provider will take scans and X-rays and answer any questions you might have.
Next, the dental implant is placed into your jawbone. Your surgeon will drill into your bone, and after the implant is placed, stitch your surgical site shut. It takes three to six months for your implant to fully fuse to your jawbone.
Once your implant has fully stabilized, you’ll come back to the office for your prosthetic – usually a crown or dentures – to be screwed into place. At this point, it becomes a permanent part of your smile and nobody will know you have a false tooth at all.
Is recovery after dental implants painful?
During your procedure, you won’t feel a thing. Your Vallejo Oral Surgery provider uses local anesthesia to eliminate pain and sedation to help you feel relaxed if you choose.
After your procedure, there might be a small amount of bleeding, so your surgeon will have you bite down on gauze until it stops. Once the anesthesia wears off, you might feel a bit uncomfortable for a day or two. Your surgeon can provide medication to help with the pain or suggest NSAID pain relievers to help with the swelling. Sometimes you are prescribed antibiotics to limit the chances of postoperative infection.
You’ll probably want to take the next day off from work or school, but within a day or two you will feel back and pain will be limited. Within a few weeks, the procedure site will be completely healed.
Dental implants are a great option to provide stability for a crown or dentures. Call Vallejo Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online today.