There is no doubt that the use of dental implants has changed the way many people look at tooth replacement. This is because, unlike more traditional tooth replacement options, dental implants are able to provide patients with replacement teeth that truly look and feel like their real teeth. Unfortunately, there are still many people who shy away from the use of implants simply because they do not know what to expect from this procedure and therefore let their anxiety get the better of them. By taking a closer look at the procedure of getting implants, this article seeks to help individuals to get past this anxiety so that they can begin enjoying the beautiful new smile that they deserve.

Creating A Mold And Extracting Damaged Teeth

The first step in the process will be for your dentist to create a mold of either your existing tooth that is being replaced by the implant or of the surrounding teeth. This allows your dentist to create a dental crown that is perfectly sized and shaped for your mouth. This is part of the reason that dental implants and crowns look and feel so much like your natural teeth. 

Once your dentist has made the required molds, any teeth that need to be extracted will be removed as part of this same visit. Doing both of these tasks during the same visit allows for the maximum amount of healing time while minimizing the number of times you need to visit your dentist's office. 

Surgically Implanting Post And Providing Temporary Replacement

The next time you visit your dentist's office it will be for the surgical portion of this procedure. In most cases, you will be placed under general anesthesia for this part of the process; however, some dentists choose to use local anesthetics. If you have any concerns regarding the use of anesthesia, be sure to discuss these concerns with your dentist prior to undergoing surgery.

During this step of the process, your dentist will be surgically placing the metal implant into your jawbone. This provides your implant with the superior strength it needs to stand up to the test of time and provide you with a strong and secure bite. 

Once the post has been implanted, your jawbone will require time to heal. To prevent you from walking around without a tooth during this time, many dentists will offer the use of a temporary denture that can be fitted at this time. 

Attaching Permanent Crown

The final step in the process will require just a short visit to your dentist's office. During this visit, your dentist will remove the temporary tooth replacement and secure your new permanent crown to the metal implant. This part of the process is painless and will not result in any additional healing time.