You may be thinking about getting dental implants, or you have made the decision to get one, the question is what happens now? It is scary and intimidating to think about any kind of surgery, leave alone a procedure inside your mouth. We are here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be this way.
A brief look at what dental implants are all about
Let’s look at the facts first. A dental implant is a procedure to replace a missing tooth. It is a simple and non-invasive surgery. It is a procedure that is gaining in popularity and has millions of people around the world attest to its success. It is a titanium made implant that needs to be surgically fixed by your dentist in Dubai. The screws of the implant imitate the root and are placed into your jawbone.
How long does this procedure take?
The length of the procedure depends on the time needed to attach the implant. Your overall dental health will be validated by your dentist. You must be in good oral health to have any kind of dental surgery performed. Other factors include the number of teeth to be replaced and the specific teeth involved. This also determines the number of times you need to visit the dentist. A single tooth replacement surgery may take up to 2 hours.
Many people are afraid of visiting the dentist even for their regular checkup for fear of pain. It is a surgery after all, which will warrant some discomfort. However, your doctor will use local anesthesia to ease any pain that may occur.
You will be given special instructions prior to surgery.
- Use anti-bacterial mouthwash to rinse your mouth
- You will be prescribed antibiotics to be taken as a preventive measure
- Have a good breakfast on the day of surgery
- Bring a companion to drive you home post-surgery
After treatment, you will have slight swelling and some bruises. Now, this is perfectly normal and part of getting dental implants. It can be treated with painkillers including codeine, hydrocodone and ibuprofen. You can go back to work the next day if you like. Not everyone has the luxury of taking time off; a couple of days at most would work in this instance.
Restorative dental implant surgery is done in two phases. The entire process can take between 6 and 9 months. The procedure is usually performed in your local dentist’s office, under I.V. or local anesthesia.
What about caring for your implants?
You must get your new tooth checked regularly and cared for as if it were your natural teeth. Visit your dentist every six months.
Are there potential complications?
We say no, the risk for complications is minimal. But at the same time, we request you watch out for anything out of the ordinary and inform your dental surgeon right away.