Dental Implant Surgery Performed with Sedation for Minimal Discomfort
Drs. Joshua and John Lee perform both dental implant surgery and, if necessary, any prerequisite procedures on-site at their office in Irving, TX. During this first phase of dental implant treatment, our doctors place small titanium posts into the jawbone, where they can integrate with the surrounding tissue and serve as artificial tooth roots for your choice of dental restoration.
At Kids and Grownups Dental in Irving, TX, we are committed to your comfort, health, and safety. That is why our doctors offer sedation during implant surgery. Combined with local anesthesia, this medication will virtually eliminate discomfort and anxiety.
Preparing for Dental Implants
Prior to surgery, Dr. Joshua Lee or Dr. John Lee will carefully evaluate your teeth and overall dental structure during a consultation at the office. Using a series of X-rays and 3-D images, they can then create a unique surgical plan to place your implants. Your dentist will consider the number of implants you require, the right positions for the posts, and the type of restorations that are best suited to your needs.
If you have suffered jawbone recession, you may need to undergo a procedure to catalyze new bone growth.
One of the most important parts of preparation are prerequisite surgeries such as bone grafting and sinus lifts. If you have suffered jawbone recession, you may need to undergo one of these procedures to catalyze new bone growth so that your implant posts have a sturdy foundation. In some cases, though, the doctor may be able to eliminate the need for bone grafting by identifying the strongest areas of your jaw and maximizing the healthy tissue that is available.
During this meeting, your practitioner will also explain what steps you can take before surgery to enhance your recovery. For example, patients should stop smoking at least two weeks prior to ensure that your body can heal to the best of its ability.
Once the small titanium post placed in your jaw has had time to fuse with the surrounding bone, the doctor can attach a restoration.
What You Can Expect during Implant Surgery
On the day of surgery, the doctor will administer local anesthesia to minimize discomfort and provide nitrous oxide to help you relax. If necessary, we can adjust the levels of medication at any time during the procedure.
At this point, your doctor can make small incisions in your gums, one for each of the implant posts. Through these openings, he can create pilot holes in your jawbone. He will check their alignment before permanently inserting the titanium posts and closing up the incisions. As he closes the openings, your dentist will position your gum tissue around the implants, giving them a natural look and providing additional stability for the posts. He can then attach a temporary restoration to your implant so that you can eat without issue.
Recovering from Implant Surgery
A full recovery from implant surgery typically takes about four to six months. During this time, the implants will fuse with your jawbone until they are permanently fixed in place. Once this process is complete, your dentist can attach your crown, bridge, or denture.
Although a complete recovery takes some time, your initial discomfort will subside in about a week. You can use ice packs and anti-inflammatories to ease discomfort and swelling. To keep from irritating your gums, you will also need to eat a soft diet. While patients should remain diligent in their oral hygiene routine, it is important to brush carefully.
Learn More About the Implant Placement Appointment
Like any invasive procedure, dental implant surgery can be a nerve-wracking prospect. Contact Kids and Grownups Dental online today or call (972) 255-4164 to schedule a consultation and get the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment.
"Everyone here is wonderful and friendly. They all do whatever it takes to make it a relaxed, pain-free experience. I highly recommend Dr. Lee and his staff. They are amazing!"- Theresa B.