Some 30 percent of Americans report feelings of dental anxiety. Whether a fear of pain, drills or needles, going to the dentist can be a daunting prospect, especially when oral surgery is involved. If you’re scheduled for dental implant surgery and getting anxious about the procedure, we hope the following information can put your mind at ease and let you move forward with confidence.
It’s totally natural to get cold feet before any kind of surgery, but here at Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery, we make every effort to ensure your questions are answered and concerns addressed during pre-op consultations. A knowledgeable patient is an empowered patient, and we want your smile transformation to be a positive, exciting experience, from start to finish!
If those stomach butterflies are still fluttering, keep in mind that dental implants are time-tested and have been proven to be the most effective tooth replacement option. Moreover, dental implants are a routine procedure with a 95 to 98 percent success rate.
Precise implant surgery – no reason to be scared
Implant placement is incredibly precise, and no detail is overlooked. Your surgeon will have a treatment plan based on X-Ray images or CT scans that allows them to make tiny incisions to place the titanium posts. Over the coming months, the surrounding bone will fuse to the titanium post and create a strong and stable foundation for the replacement crown. There is very little trauma to the surrounding tissues, any stitches that are used will be absorbed by the body over time.
Local anesthesia ensures a painless procedure
A locally administered anesthetic will numb the gums and tissue at the implant site before incisions are made. This means you won’t feel any pain, but can still remain conscious during the surgery. If the mere image of needles instills fear, you may benefit from a mild sedative medication just before the procedure or IV medication during the procedure. The implant site will remain numb for a few hours post-procedure, and you’ll be sent home with detailed care instructions.
Minimal post-op discomfort & quick healing
The beauty of modern dental implants is two-fold. Firstly, their design provides an aesthetically-pleasing, durable option for replacing lost teeth. Secondly, the recovery period is surprisingly easy. If you have any discomfort after the dental implant procedure, an over-the-counter pain medication can usually do the trick. The sutures are usually dissolvable and you may be given temporary prosthetics until the implants are ready for your permanent crowns. Remember that mouth injuries are some of the quickest to heal, and in no time, you’ll be flashing a beautiful set of pearly whites.
Dental implants in Bucks County, PA
If you’re still feeling anxious before your surgery, don’t hesitate to be candid about your concerns. We always encourage our patients to reach out when they need answers or just some friendly reassurance. And don’t forget to remind yourself that dental implants are the gold-standard for replacing missing or lost teeth, and are meant to last a lifetime!
If you’re interested in getting dental implants from a top-rated oral and maxillofacial surgeon, we now have two office locations in Newtown and Feasterville, Pennsylvania. Call Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery and request your appointment today.