Dental implant surgery is becoming an increasingly popular option for people looking to restore their smiles if they have gaps or after having teeth removed. However, anything with the word “surgery” in it is bound to raise a few concerns, as many people are afraid of these more serious procedures.
Like any surgery, getting dental implants does carry some risks, but they have become increasingly minor as technology and expertise has increased. When you go to a trained and experienced dentist for this procedure who knows your medical history thoroughly, your surgery is likely to go off without a hitch!
The biggest worry for most people is pain – whether the surgery itself will hurt or if the recovery period will mean lots of pain or discomfort for a length of time. Getting dental implants requires two separate procedures – firstly, to place the implants and, once they have bonded to the jawbone, you will have a second procedure to anchor the artificial teeth. Anesthesia will be used to ensure that the implant procedure is as painless as possible, and it doesn’t require a hospital stay so you can drive home as soon as the anesthesia has worn off. Any surgery will result in some discomfort as your body heals, but you shouldn’t experience any significant pain after either procedure.
The amount of time you’ll need before you feel fully recovered is different for each patient and depends on how many implants were placed. It can take anything from a few weeks to a few months, including the time it will take to get used to how the implants feel. By following the directions of your dentist and getting enough rest, you should recover quickly and with minimum discomfort.
By going to a dentist who has a lot of experience with this procedure, you will minimize any health risks that may be present. They consult with you extensively to make sure that dental implants are the right choice for you and walk you through every step of the two procedures.
To find out more about dental implant surgery and put your mind at ease, please contact Remarkable Smiles at Modern Family Dentistry of Issaquah today.