If you have suffered the loss of a tooth, there are replacement options that can provide a durable and natural-looking replacement solution. While this can be a common procedure for individuals to need, they may not always be prepared for what this process will involve when they first suffer the loss of their tooth and are evaluating their options.
The Placement of the Tooth Implant Will Need to Be Done Over Several Sessions
When preparing to have a replacement tooth placed, it is necessary to be aware of the fact that this procedure is likely to need to be done over a series of sessions. The first session will generally be to place the implant in the jaw. After several weeks to months, the implant will have fused to the jaw bone enough to allow the artificial tooth to be put into place. Appreciating that this will have to occur over several sessions or months can help you with planning to have this work done for your month.
Tooth Implant Placement Procedures Are Not Particularly Painful
It is common for individuals to have a major concern about the amount of pain that they will experience from having the implant placed in their mouth. In most cases, patients will experience little in terms of severe discomfort over the course of the implant placement procedure. This is due to the numbing agents that will be applied to the site where the implant is being placed. For most patients, there will only be mild soreness following this procedure, and they will be able to effectively reduce this discomfort by using over-the-counter medications for the days immediately after the implant has been placed in the mouth.
The Implant Site Will Have to Be Kept Clean
Throughout the healing process, it is necessary to keep the implant site as clean as possible. When the implant is not kept clean during the healing process, it can be likely that a patient will develop an infection or other issue that could severely slow their recovery. In some cases, these problems could even lead to the implant failing to effectively fuse to the jawbone, and this could lead to the procedure needing to be restarted or even aborted. After the implant is placed, you may be issued a prescription-strength mouthwash, and this should be used regularly to limit the ability of bacteria to start to grow around the site where the implant was placed.