Do I Go Under Anesthesia for Dental Implant Surgery?
Dental implant surgery can be a positive step forward on your journey to better oral health and a brighter smile. Of course, if you’ve never gotten dental implant surgery before, you likely have dozens of questions about the process and what to expect. Here’s an overview of everything you need to know about dental implant surgery, including whether you’ll go under anesthesia for the surgery.
What Is Dental Implant Surgery?
A dental implant surgery is a surgery where a missing tooth is replaced with an artificial tooth that looks, feels, and functions like the real thing. During a dental implant surgery, the roots of the missing tooth will be replaced with a screw-like metal post. Once you’ve healed, then a second surgery will be scheduled, during which an abutment will be attached to the implant. Then, your artificial tooth will be placed and hooked on your abutment. The entire process can take multiple months from start to finish.
Will I Go Under Anesthesia for Dental Implant Surgery?
Yes, anesthesia will definitely be used during your dental implant surgery! However, which type of anesthesia is used will depend on your dentist’s recommendations, as well as your unique needs. You may only have local anesthesia, which is an anesthetic that’s applied directly to the area that’s being worked on to numb it completely. In some cases, you may undergo sedation or general anesthesia, the latter of which will render you completely unconscious. With all types of anesthesia, the goal is to control and eliminate pain.
Do I Need Dental Implant Surgery?
Whether or not you need dental implant surgery is something that you should learn from your dental professional. With that in mind, dental implants are often right for those who have at least one missing tooth but do not have more than three or four missing teeth (especially if the missing teeth are all in the same location), have a healthy jawbone that can support a dental implant, have healthy oral tissues and do not have any signs of gum disease, and are not a good candidate for other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or a dental bridge.
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If you have questions about dental implant surgery, anesthesia during surgery, or whether you might be a good candidate for dental implant surgery, call Distinctive Dental Solutions directly to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. We can answer all of your questions.