Tooth implants are titanium posts that are screwed into the jaw, which can cause pain and discomfort after surgery as the bone attempts to reintegrate the implant. Learn about possible complications with regard to the tooth implant procedure with tips from a licensed dental assistant in this free video series on the dental profession.
Did you recently just have a dental implant placed, and you just wanted to know; as far as what causes the discomfort with an implant? Well, my name's Michelle, and I'm a dental assistant with Solutionz, and I'm going to explain to you exactly this, what happens after you have a dental implant. Basically, this is exactly what an implant looks like of course. But you know, visually, when you're looking inside your mouth you would not be able to see the screw part. But basically, what an implant is is it's a titanium post that is screwed into your jaw, and then of course it's sealed up, and then it sits there for about four to six months while you're healing and the bone is reintegrating into the implant where the screws are at. And then, you go back to your dentist in about six months, and he places a crown on top of an implant. But the main things to expect after you have an implant done is basically, you're going to have some discomfort after like for the first about week or two weeks or so. Having an implant placed is having surgery done, so with any other type of surgery you are going to be sore, there is going to be discomfort. A major complication to expect with a dental implant is that your body might reject the implant, meaning that it doesn't take well, and it actually starts to force the implant; the bone will not start to integrate around the implant. Your body will actually start to force it out of the bone. So, that's the main complication, but nine times out of ten that usually doesn't happen, especially if the implant is placed correctly and aligned correctly. But basically this is pretty much an implant, and just really you would just need to expect some discomfort for the first week or two. And then, after about four to six months when you go to finalize the implant everything should be perfect with it. Once again, my name's Michelle, and I'm a dental assistant with Solutionz, and I just explained to you the complications of having a implant.