A dental implant is a prosthesis used to replace a tooth that has been extracted or has fallen out. It is a prosthesis that is placed into your jawbone in order to replace the tooth root in order to prevent the gum and bone loss that can occur when a tooth is missing. This allows your dentist to closely mimic the appearance and feel of a natural tooth.
Dental implants are needed to replace a single tooth or many teeth, and are considered to be a superior option in many cases to the use of a removable denture or fixed dental bridge. Our oral surgeon will examine the area where the missing tooth was located in order to determine if you will be a good candidate for a dental implant.
You may experience some pain after having your dental implant paced. Most patients report that it feels similar to having had a tooth extraction. This is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication. If your pain is more severe, or if it suddenly begins after your implant has been in for quite a while, it is important that you contact your dentist right away so your pain can be evaluated and the cause determined.
Though dental implants are considered to be a safe procedure, complications are possible. If you have experienced any facial or oral trauma, your dental implant may have become damaged or fractured. You may have also had damage to the nerves or blood vessels around the implant which could be painful. Again, you will need to contact your oral surgeon or dentist as soon as you begin to experience any unusual pain. This may indicate that damage has occurred, or that your implant has been incorrectly placed.
It is important following your implant procedure that you follow the care instructions given to you. Maintenance care is important in avoiding an infection known as peri-implantitis. This can cause the bone to become inflamed, which can be extremely painful. Routine brushing and professional cleanings can prevent plaque and bacteria from collecting on the teeth.