Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry. This technology allows almost anyone to replace one or more missing teeth in a way that looks and feels completely natural. Although there are many benefits to implant dentistry, patients can be apprehensive or have questions about this procedure.
One factor that gives patients pause is the involved oral surgery, which sounds intimidating. However, with local anesthesia and the expertise of an experienced and qualified oral surgeon, the process is as simple as filling a cavity.
What’s Involved in Receiving Dental Implants?
Dental implant treatment includes a titanium post attached a custom prosthesis, creating a durable replica of a natural tooth and its root. After determining your candidacy for dental implants, an oral surgeon will create a treatment plan that details how your implants will be placed, if any pre-treatments are needed, and how the restorations will be customized.
Depending on the number of teeth you have missing, anywhere from two to eight implants can be placed into the upper or lower jaw. Implants are attached by creating a small hole in the jaw, and then gently inserting the posts. Once the surgery is over, the bone’s natural healing process commences, fusing the jaw and implants fuse together to create the strongest possible bond. Custom crowns, bridges, and even dentures are fabricated based on impressions taken of your smile.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Although receiving dental implants is a surgical procedure, the surgery itself is not all that painful. Due to local anesthetic, the jaw and surrounding area are sufficiently numbed to eliminate discomfort. If patients request, however, your oral surgeon can offer dental sedation, relieving pain and providing a positive experience.
Additionally, an experienced and specialized oral surgeon ensures that the procedure is performed as conservatively as possible. They will make best use of your bone, minimizing the amount of surgery required. Although you are bound to experience discomfort to some degree as you continue to heal, you will not feel any pain during the procedure.
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If you would like more information about dental implants, or to find out whether they are right for you, contact Grossmont Oral Surgery Center and schedule a consultation!