3 Things To Know About Using Dental Implants To Replacing A Missing Tooth

If you have a tooth that is missing because it had to be extracted, one of your options to replace that missing tooth is a dental extraction. Here are three things you need to understand about dental extractions before you go through with the procedure.

#1 It Is A Long-Term Process

The first and most important thing to realize is that getting dental implants is a long-term process. It is not going to provide you with an immediate solution or replace your missing tooth instantly.

You are going to have to undergo two different surgeries, along with follow-up appointments. Following the first surgery, you are going to have to wait for your gums to heal for a number of months before the second surgery is performed. You may also need follow-up visits following each surgery.

#2 There Are Potential Complications

Getting dental implants is a surgical process, which means that there can be surgical complications. Your gum is going to be cut into, and there is a chance that your gum and bone could become infected. Usually you are prescribed antibiotics to ensure that this doesn't happen, so make sure that you take any antibiotics that you are prescribed and let your doctor know if anything doesn't feel right.

Some people's bodies do not accept the implant that is made, and their bodies reject the implant. Although this is not a very big percentage of people, it is a possibility.

Bone loss is also common around dental implants. Your bone is going to be cut into and manipulated, so don't be surprised if you experience a small degree of bone loss in that area. A little bone loss is completely normal; however, if you already suffer from significant bone loss, you may want to discuss how to protect your bones with your doctor before going through with the procedure.

Although the chance of infection is low, it is good to know the risks before going forward with any medical procedure.

#3 Dental Implants Are Long Lasting

If you don't experience any complications, your dental implants should be long-lasting. They should stay in your mouth for years to come, and you'll forget that it is an implant and not a natural tooth. To ensure that your dental implant lasts, you just need to take care of it like you would your other teeth. Brush and floss every day and get check-ups and dental cleanings every six months. 

For more information, talk to a professional like Marinak and Glossner, D.D.S., P.C.