If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may have decided that Dental Implants are the ideal longer lasting solution. We know that preparing for an oral surgery can be daunting, but we’re here to help you feel more confident. Below are a few questions that may help ease your mind as you start your journey towards a stunning new smile.
What should I expect before dental implant surgery?
To ensure that you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants and minimize risks, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of your mouth. It’s important to first understand if you have any other oral health problems that may need to be addressed prior to dental implant surgery. Your dentist will need to check your bone structure and bone density to determine if a bone graft is necessary. In some cases, bone grafting may be necessary to establish a stable foundation for the implant, which will require a procedure prior to the dental implant surgery. A thorough exam and preliminary procedures put you in the best position for a successful dental implant surgery. Once you are determined as a good candidate for Implants, consider your dentist your confidant in ensuring the best care for your new smile.
Antibiotics will be prescribed after your surgery to prevent infection. However, if you have certain medical conditions, you may need to start antibiotics before the procedure. Be honest with your dentist about your medical history so they can provide the best plan designed specifically for you.
What should I expect during dental surgery? Dental Implant Surgery can involve several stages but typically it will take about 1-2 hours time. If you have a damaged tooth, your dentist will first extract it and clean the socket. An incision will be made in the gum and a hole will be drilled into the jawbone placing in your implant. The incision will be sutured and a temporary crown will be placed on top of the implant so you can have a beautiful smile while you recover.
What should I expect after dental implant surgery?
It’s not uncommon to experience swelling around the gums and in your face or slight bruising. You may experience pain after the anesthesia wears off and light bleeding from the incision site. To make the healing process as comfortable as possible, follow your dentist’s instructions, which may include avoiding hard foods, alcohol, smoking, and using straws. You may also experience sensitivity to hot, cold, or spicy food. You should be able to return to work and regular daily activities within 24-48 hours. Your dentist will schedule follow up appointments to track your healing.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Pain management is an important topic to discuss with your dentist and the various anesthesia options available based on your case. You may only need a local anesthetic such as Novocain or Lidocaine but for more extensive procedures, general anesthesia may be a better option. Regardless of which option is right for you, you will be completely comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.
What if my dental implant needs to be removed?
Dental implants have a long history dating back hundreds of years and with advancements in technology, the surgery is highly successful. With a success rate of 95%, proper care of your implants will reduce the chances of infections and other complications. In rare cases, a dental implant may fail. Your dentist will assess the cause and recommend treatment. Typically, this includes removal of the implant, cleaning, and restoration. If the area is infected, antibiotics or additional treatment may be necessary. It’s critical that you follow the directions provided by your dentist to lower these chances, but even if the unlikely happens, in most cases failed implants can be treated and restored.
Will insurance cover the cost of dental implants? Insurance companies vary in their coverage of Dental Implants so it’s best to call your provider and ask about your specific benefits. Rest assured that at the dental practice of Dr. Pegah Salami, we accept a number of insurance plans, and we offer financing options. We hope to help give you the smile you deserve and are proud to show off!
For more information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Salami, give us a call at (858) 673-1000 today.