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What is Dental Implant Surgery?

August 6, 2022 | Blog

Are you missing a tooth but unsure if replacement is worth your while? Dental implant surgery may be the solution! Missing teeth can cause several issues if ignored. Dental implants offer a variety of benefits for those needing a reliable tooth replacement.

At Gulf Coast Dental, we prioritize your health and comfort! Dental work can be intimidating, but our professionals will guide you through the implant process to determine if it’s the right choice for you. Read ahead to learn more about dental implants and the advantages they offer!

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants replace missing teeth with artificial teeth that function like real ones. These artificial teeth look natural, and each imitates an actual tooth. During the procedure, dental implants are surgically implanted in the jaw. The root of the tooth is replaced with metal, screw-like posts, which attach to an artificial tooth.

The surgical process depends on the condition of the patient’s jawbone. Implants need healthy gums and adequate bone to thrive. The implant process may require several procedures, which can take
time to allow for proper bone healing.

Preparing For Dental Implant Surgery

Any form of surgery is a lengthy process. You should meet with your dental provider to learn about the process and options. Regardless, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to prepare yourself for the implant procedure!

Get A Comprehensive Dental Exam

Dental exams help your dental provider determine if implants are a good option for you. During this process, your provider may take X-rays and three-dimensional images of your jaw. The results will help your provider create a treatment plan catered exclusively to you.

Have Your Medical History Reviewed

A dental provider will carefully review your medical history when creating your treatment plan. You should inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions or take medication. After the review, follow your provider’s recommendations to ensure that your surgery has no complications!

Ask Questions About The Process

It’s normal to be hesitant about any surgical process! A professional is here to answer your questions and help put your mind at ease. Asking questions can help prepare you for what to expect
before and after the surgery so you can make any necessary arrangements regarding your procedure.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Missing teeth can cause various health problems. Additionally, your remaining teeth can shift and become crooked. Dental implants can prevent these issues from occurring while providing additional benefits! A few advantages of implants are that they:

  • Restore the ability to chew
  • Improve cosmetic appearance
  • Preserve bone and gum health
  • Maintain stability of adjacent teeth
  • Improve quality of life

The implantation process is a worthwhile investment! Taking care of your oral health is crucial. Implants can help prevent gum disease and other harmful oral disorders.

After The Procedure

Following the surgery, you may experience swelling and pain at the implant site. You can reduce some discomfort by eating soft foods while the surgical site heals. Your doctor will review aftercare procedures with you before the surgery so that you know what to expect afterward.

Contact Us To Maintain Your Oral Health!

At Gulf Coast Dental, you can smile big knowing that your oral health is in good hands! Our family dental practice has serviced the Gulfport area since 1969! If you have questions regarding dental implant surgery, call us today to learn more about the process!

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