A dental implant is a dental prosthetic that is used as a tooth replacement option to mimic natural teeth. The implant consists of a titanium post that acts as the root of the tooth and is surgically implanted beneath the surface of your gums into the jawbone. The post acts as an anchor to secure the dental appliance. The dental implant replicates the look and function of natural teeth allowing you to have more oral freedom. Dental implants are becoming more and more common and are a top recommendation amongst dentists as opposed to choosing a traditional tooth replacement option like dentures.
How it works
As previously mentioned the beginning of the dental implant process starts with a titanium post that is surgically implanted within your jaw. Overtime the post will fuse to the surrounding area, anchoring itself to your jawbone, this secure fit will help to eliminate any unnecessary movement form your dental implant. A custom made dental crown that looks like a natural tooth will be applied to the top of the post after the post and jawbone have properly fused, giving off the appearance of a flawlessly looking smile.
Healing and recovery
Although dental implant treatments are a surgical procedure you should feel little to no pain once the treatment is completed. You might experience slight bleeding and some minimal soreness but this can be rectified by rinsing your mouth out with saltwater or saline solution and taking over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol and Advil. If your dentist does prescribe a medication for your pain be sure to follow the directions as stated.
For More InformationDental implants are a great option for a tooth replacement solution and provide a wide array of benefits. For more information on the dental implant process contact our offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Felts.