Dental implants are one of the most realistic and natural-feeling tooth replacement options available on the market today. These small metal posts are commonly used to replace one, several, or all the teeth in the upper or lower dental arch. Many Mesa, AZ patients who are interested in finding a tooth replacement solution that requires minimal care and attention and offers a lifelong option are finding dental implants to be a highly desirable option. Dental implants are used for patients who have sufficient bone structure and want to avoid removable options such as partial dentures.
What to expect with dental implant surgery
The placement of dental implants requires an oral surgery procedure. During this procedure, the dentist will access the bone of the jaw in which to place the implant. Then, a hole is created in the jawbone to place the implant. This process will stimulate bone growth around the implant due to osseointegration. The bone growth that occurs is responsible for fusing the dental implant to the bone over the course of several weeks and months as the area heals. The doctor sutures the gum tissue and completes the procedure during the same appointment.
What can I expect after surgery?
We recommend having a friend or family member transport you to and from the office for your dental implant procedure. Patients often rest at home to let the sedation and anesthesia wear off. Patients are given aftercare instructions as to how to care for their smile during the healing process. Swelling and discomfort is perfectly normal and is often managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications. Some patients may also experience stiffness of the jaw muscles or complications such as infection which need to be evaluated by a professional to ensure proper healing.
Meet with an implant dentist today to learn more about the surgical procedure and process
Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro are the dentists at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry who are here to help Mesa, AZ patients with addressing tooth loss. If you want to find out more about dental implants and determine if you are a candidate, call the office at (480) 834-6991. We are excited to work with you and help you restore your smile with one of the most popular options out there.