If you have made the choice to invest in your quality of life and oral health with dental implants, you are making a wise decision. However, you may be a bit hesitant to undergo the surgical aspect of the procedure. Although the placement of the implant posts does require a surgery, the procedure its self is probably not as bad as what you are envisioning. As a dentist for dental implants in Boston, Dr. Alan Sasson has everything you need to know about the placement procedure and recovery process to put your mind at ease.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
Using the images of your mouth that were taken to develop your treatment plan, the implant posts will be placed precisely where needed to ensure the long-term success of the procedure. However, before the implant placement can begin, you may require additional procedures, such as tooth extractions. If your jawbone is too narrow to support the implant posts, bone grafting may be required.
To begin the implant placement procedure, a general anesthesia is used to ensure you feel no pain or discomfort. The gum tissue will be opened to expose the jawbone. Holes are then drilled into the bone where the implant will be placed. The implant is placed in the hole and the gum tissue will be closed.
Recovery from Dental Implant Placement
Over the course of the next several months, your jawbone will naturally fuse to the implant post. After the jawbone has healed, the placement of the abutment and dental restoration can be completed. During your recovery from the implant placement, you will have bleeding, which will subside in about an hour. You will need to keep the surgical site clean and maintain oral hygiene. For the remainder of the first day, you will need to relax.
Over the course of the next few days, it is normal to have light bleeding and oozing. Swelling and bruising will likely occur, which can be reduced with cold compresses. To help minimize pain, you can use prescribed or over-the-counter pain relievers. You will need to avoid extremely hard or hot foods for the first few days after the procedure.
Choose a Qualified Implant Dentist
To ensure your implant placement procedure is successful, you need a qualified implant dentist, like Dr. Sasson. With more than 25 years of experience, he specializes in dental implant surgery, periodontics, and endodontics. With a certification in Oral Implantology from the Brookdale Hospital in New York, he is a well-respected leader in the area for dental implant procedures. As an active member of various dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, you can rest assured, you are in good hands with Dr. Sasson.
Benefit from Dental Implants
With a great implant dentist by your side, your implant placement procedure and recovery will be successful for long-term results. To benefit from a qualified and reputable specialist for your implant placement, contact the Boston Smile Center today to schedule your consultation.