When a tooth is lost or extracted, there is no question that it needs to be replaced. Missing teeth jeopardize the health and security of surrounding teeth and lead to deterioration of the jawbone. However, with all the restorative dentistry options available, it can be difficult for patients to determine which is the best way to treat missing teeth. Dental implants are the most advanced treatment for missing teeth, and the only one that addresses the loss of the entire tooth. For these reasons and more, Dr. Theodore J. Grellner urges patients to consider dental implant treatment for tooth loss. He discusses dental implant treatment with his patients in detail so they are well prepared for the procedure and recovery. Here, we discuss the dental implant side effects our Tampa, FL patients are likely to experience following surgery.
One of the primary differences between dental implants and alternate treatments for missing teeth is that implants are actually surgically implanted into the jaw. During an initial surgical procedure, the implants are placed into the jaw at the treatment site. Once placed, we wait several weeks for the jaw to recover, allowing the implants (which are actually tiny titanium screws) to fuse with the jawbone. When this recovery is complete, abutments will be attached to the implants. These abutments connect to the dental implants and protrude from the gum line so they can be attached to restorations, such as crowns, dental bridges, or dentures. This surgical procedure and the fusion that takes place is what provides patients with the superior level of security, durability, and comfort.
Because dental implants do require oral surgery, patients should expect to experience some side effects following treatment. The majority of these side effects develop during recovery from the initial surgery in which the implants are placed. Below are some of the most common side effects of dental implant treatment:
Every patient is different so each recovery is unique. Patients may experience some or all of the abovementioned side effects after dental implant treatment. It is important to remember that these side effects are normal and will subside shortly - usually within a week. If these side effects do not dissipate on their own, or if any unusual side effects develop, they should be reported to Dr. Grellner as soon as possible so he can rule out any complications.
Dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth and provide the greatest degree of stability. If you would like to learn more about the dental implant procedure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Theodore J. Grellner at your earliest convenience.