Surgery for the placement of dental implants may be one of the most fascinating restorative procedures in dental history. Decades of research and clinical trials have proven that an ultra-durable titanium post can be implanted into the jaw bone, and function just as well as a natural tooth.
What’s even more impressive is this: modern dental implant surgery is so sleek and so sophisticated that most patients can return to their daily routines almost immediately. With the aid of high-tech diagnostic equipment, digital imaging, and precision instrumentation, an implant procedure can be less invasive than having a wisdom tooth extracted!
With such a minimally invasive procedure, there is typically little discomfort and mild swelling, and the period following the implant surgery is relatively uncomplicated. You can expect to eat and drink comfortably soon after the anesthetic wears off.
The details of the actual procedure will be dependent upon your particular circumstances, your overall health, and the number of implants that will be placed. If adjunctive treatments such as bone grafting or gingival grafting are required, the length of the procedure and the recovery period will be adjusted accordingly.
For your safety and comfort, there are a number of anesthetic and sedation solutions. These medications relieve anxiety and aid in the management of pain, both during and after the procedure. Some medications may cause drowsiness or sleepiness, requiring the need for the assistance of a responsible adult driver. In such cases, you may want to rest for a day or more following the procedure.
The timeline for when you may return to work will depend upon the extent of your procedure and your tolerance for the medications that will be prescribed by your oral surgeon. You will be advised to avoid strenuous activities for a brief period, and avoid operating a motor vehicle or heavy machinery in accordance with your pharmacist’s instructions, but most other work-related activities can be resumed in as little as a day.
Your implant surgery will be unique, and scheduling your consultation today is the best way to find out what your future holds in terms of your replacement teeth. Contact the office of Dr. Stephen Weisglass, serving Long Island and the neighboring areas, at 347-826-1720 today.