Dental Implant Considerations To Think About

Replacement should be considered if one or many teeth have been lost, and your dentist should help you with the decision to find the best cosmetic replacement option. If permanence is something that you desire along with aesthetics, then a dental implant can be placed. However, there are some considerations you need to think about before undergoing such a procedure. 

Meticulous Care Is Required

Most cosmetic dental constructions require some upkeep. However, upkeep is often superficial, requiring good hygiene and gentle care. This is true of dental replacement like a bridge. When it comes to implants, though, the care of your mouth must be absolutely meticulous due to the possible complications that can occur right after your procedure and even months or years later. Specifically, infections are a concern for the gum tissues and also along the jawbone where the implant root is inserted. 

So, you need to consider this type of care and whether you are able to provide it long-term. For example, you will need to adhere to a strict cleaning process that involves the use of an antimicrobial chlorhexidine rinse. Once the rinse is discontinued, you may still need to use an alcohol-free rinse at least once a day. When it comes to cleaning, you need to pay special attention to the gums around the implant, and your dentist may recommend a special water flosser or interdental device. Cleaning the implant tooth with a small-headed brush is also required, and you may be asked to invest in an electric toothbrush.

Daily inspections are also needed along with professional appointments every six months, so keep in mind that you will need to adhere to this regimen.

You Must Deal With Pain

Dental implantation is one of the more painful dental procedures that is performed. This makes sense when you think of the way that the jaw must be drilled into to insert the implant root. The root is also screwed directly into the jaw, and the gums must be cut to reveal the bone in the first place. 

While you will be placed under general or wakeful sedation when the procedure is performed, the pain will continue for days to weeks afterward. You will need to manage this pain with pain relievers, in most cases, and you may need steroidal opiate varieties. However, the good news is that the discomfort will be over before you know it, and you will have an extremely strong tooth.

Keep in mind that some individuals will tolerate the discomfort better than others, so speak with your dentist about the likelihood of pain and the types of approaches that can be taken to minimize it. 

Dental implants may be the right choice for you. Talk with a dentist like those at John B Webster DDS about what tooth-replacement option works best for your situation.