When the root of a tooth can no longer be repaired, a dental implant is an ideal way to restore your smile to its former glory and protect your dental health for years to come. The dental implant procedure is nothing to be feared. The implantation is an extremely common surgery and there is no need to feel anxious. If you have a surgery coming up, Anchorage’s Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska will walk you through the process to help you feel at ease.
Your dentist will do extensive preparation to ensure that your dental implant will be placed in the optimal spot for your comfort and health. All dental implant surgery will be done with the assistance of anesthesia for a pain-free experience, and your surgeon may discuss pre-surgery preparations if you will be administered sedation anesthesia.
Once you are properly anesthetized in the dentist’s chair, the surgeon will get to work. They will drill a small hole into the jaw bone, where the dental implant’s base will be secured. Once the placement is finalized, the surgeon will stitch up the gum area with sutures. Some sutures are self-absorbing and others must be manually removed; your surgeon will give you more specific direction based on your unique situation. After the procedure is finished you’ll return home to rest and begin the healing process.
In most cases, discomfort following the surgery is minimal. Most surgeons will recommend taking ibuprofen or a prescribed pain medication in the event of swelling and soreness. You may also receive a recommendation for a specialized mouthwash to rinse the suture site. Be sure to listen carefully to the surgeon’s suggestions, and you’ll be on your way to healing in no time. Once the implant is set in place, a fake tooth will be permanently attached to the base.
To learn more about how dental implants can improve your oral health, call Anchorage’s Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska at (907) 561-1430 or visit their website.