If you're missing one or more teeth, you're hardly alone. Between 40-50% of North American adults are missing at least one tooth, and the odds of losing teeth only increases with age. By retirement age, 30% of adults have no natural teeth left!
Fortunately, today's Brockville dentists have more options than ever before when it comes to replacing teeth. One popular option is dental implants. Implants are a permanent solution. At the end of the process, you have a false tooth permanently bonded to your jaw. Even if the false tooth is damaged, it's easy to replace.
However, dental implants are a surgical procedure, and there is recovery time involved. Here's what to expect, if you're considering dental implants.
The Recovery Process for Dental Implants
Implants are actually handled in several stages, each with some recovery time attached.
Step one is the removal of any remaining tooth material around the site where the implant will go. This is usually done with local anesthetic and generally requires very little recovery unless there was a lot of broken tooth to remove.
Step two is the implantation of implant posts. This is the surgical part of the operation and frequently done under general anesthetic. Your Brockville dentist will insert a metal post directly into the jawbone.
After this happens, the jaw and gums must fully heal before the process can continue. This typically takes 3-6 months. During that time, you will be on a somewhat restricted diet, and you will need to keep foods away from the surgical site as much as possible. You will also be given medication and special instructions for ensuring your recovery goes smoothly.
Step three is attaching the false tooth to the top of the rod. This can be done quickly and will have little or no recovery time. Once the false tooth is in place, you're in the clear!
One of the big benefits of implants is that the resulting false tooth can be treated exactly like a regular tooth. There are no long-term dietary or lifestyle changes, and you can clean it by brushing and flossing - just like any other tooth.
If You're Missing Teeth, Your Brockville Dentists Have Solutions