Dental Implant Restoration
Great Falls, MT
Dental implant restoration is a part of dental implant treatment that involves the placement of a dental implant into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of pure titanium surgically placed into the jawbone. After a period of healing, it is topped with a dental crown or bridge to replace the missing tooth.
Dental implants and mini dental implants are both used to replace missing teeth. However, there are some significant differences between the two.
||Size: Dental implants are larger and typically have a diameter of 3.5 to 6mm. Mini dental implants are smaller and typically have a diameter of 1.8 to 3.3 mm.
||Procedure: Dental implant placement requires a more invasive surgical procedure, as the implant is placed directly into the jawbone. Conversely, mini dental implants are placed directly into the gum tissue.
||Strength: Compared to temporary mini implants, dental implants are stronger and more durable, making them a better choice for those requiring permanent tooth replacement.
||Cost: Dental implants are typically more expensive than mini implants, as they require a more complex and time-consuming procedure, followed by multiple visits to the dentist for careful monitoring.
The dental implant restoration process typically involves several steps, including an initial consultation, followed by implant placement surgery and a healing process of several months.
Initial ConsultationDuring the initial consultation, Dr. David Currie will evaluate your oral health, review your medical history, and explore treatment options. X-rays or a CT scan may be taken to identify the optimal position for the implant posts, whether for a single or multiple tooth implant.
Implant Placement SurgeryThe implant placement surgery involves the placement of the implant post into the jawbone. The procedure is generally performed by Dr. Kimberly Currie under local anesthesia, and most patients report minimal pain or discomfort during the implant placement procedure.
Healing ProcessFollowing the implant post-placement, a recovery period of several months, typically lasting three to six months, is necessary to enable the implant to fuse with the jawbone. Upon complete integration with the jawbone, a final restoration, such as a dental crown or bridge, is affixed to the top of the implant post, resulting in a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for the missing teeth.
How Long Is the Recovery Process for Implants?The recovery process for dental implants can vary depending on the individual and the complexity of the procedure. However, some general guidelines can help you understand what to expect.
Immediately After SurgeryImmediately after dental implant placement surgery, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Dr. David Currie at River's Edge Dental will provide you with instructions on how to manage any discomfort and may prescribe pain medication if necessary.
The First Few DaysDuring the first few days following dental implant placement, it is essential to rest and avoid strenuous activity. You should also avoid smoking, as smoking can impede the healing process.
The First WeekDuring the first week following dental implant placement, you may experience discomfort and swelling, but this should gradually improve. You should avoid smoking and maintain a soft diet.
The First Few MonthsIt can take several months for the dental implant to integrate with the jawbone fully, and during this time, it is essential to avoid hard or crunchy foods, maintain a good oral hygiene routine, and attend regular check ups with Dr. David Currie to monitor the healing process.
Call Us Today for Dental ImplantsDental implant restoration is a safe and effective solution for those with one or more missing teeth. Dental implants offer numerous benefits over mini dental implants, including increased durability, strength, and a more natural appearance. If you are missing teeth and are interested in dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. David Currie at River's Edge Dental. For more information, call (406) 315-5882.