Over 7.5 million people live on Long Island, and the city offers a tremendous range of places to see, things to do, and people who call the island home. That level of diversity is hard to find in many other places, but one thing that doesn’t change is a need to have excellent self-confidence.
One of the best ways to regain that confidence is to improve your smile, and when you’re missing teeth it can be difficult to smile with pride. But dental implants make it possible to regain your smile and feel better about the way you look.
However, one of the biggest issues that stand in the way for some people is simply a misunderstanding about dental implants and what they can expect. There’s often a good bit of fear involved in the process – fears of pain, of long recovery times, and more. Understanding more about the process could be the key to finding the confidence to go forward with your implants and to regain the smile that you need to be complete.
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the main things you can expect from the process.
- You’ll undergo an initial consultation determining just what can be done for your smile including how many implants need to take place.
- If a tooth is damaged, it will be removed. If not, the process will continue to the next step which involves creating a replacement tooth or teeth. This is done by molding the mouth, color matching other teeth, and more.
- If needed, the jaw may have to have grafts placed to strengthen it enough to accommodate the implants.
- A small hole is drilled in the jawbone, with a dental implant post placed within it.
- At this point your mouth will need to heal. This can take days, weeks, or months depending on the size of the implant being used.
- Once healing is completed, the abutment is placed. In some instances such as with mini dental implants, the abutment can be set in the same day as the implant.
- Once all of the healing is completed, your dentist will place the final tooth and provide recovery instructions.
It’s possible for recovery times to last anywhere from a week to a few months depending on the specifics of the procedure. However, it’s important to understand that modern dental implants are much smaller and easier to place than those of years past. As a result, it’s possible to experience much less pain and have a much faster recovery time than just a few years ago.
In short, your dental implants could provide you with the smile you deserve – often with much less discomfort than many might suspect.