Dental implant surgery can not only provide an excellent aesthetic option when your teeth go missing, but it can help to save your other teeth as well. While the word “surgery” will often strike fear into many dental patients, it’s important to learn that dental implant surgery isn’t a scary experience, and the vast majority of patients feel no pain or discomfort throughout the entire process at all.
Dental implant surgery will begin with the placing of an artificial tooth root crafted from high quality titanium, and it is this artificial root that saves your adjacent teeth from moving to take the missing tooth’s place. This process will only take a single visit, and patients are always provided with numbing medication to ensure they feel no pain at any point throughout the process. Most times, patients are left awake and aware during this surgery, and the recovery will only require mild over the counter pain medication if any discomfort is felt.
After the placing of the implant, the rest of the process is a breeze. Most times, a small post will be added to the implant once it has healed and fused to the jawbone correctly, and this post will serve as an anchor for your new crown. Patients will again receive numbing medication during the placing of this post to avoid feeling any pain, and there is no discomfort associated with the healing after the placement is finished.
Once the post has been placed to the artificial root, it will then be time to place the crown and leave you with a natural and beautiful looking smile once again. The crown placement process is a painless one, and the final step in the dental implant surgery process, and once the crown is received it can be treated just as you would treat any of your natural teeth.
While the word surgery may be an intimidating one, dental implant surgery is actually quite easy and often times completely free of any pain or discomfort. If you’re missing any of your teeth, dental implant surgery may be your best course of action in saving your natural smile, as dental implants act to restore the health of the natural teeth remaining within the jaw. If you think you may be a good candidate for dental implant surgery, call us at Island Dental Associates today to set up a consultation and get started!