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What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery

January 15, 2022
Posted By: Harlow Dental
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In recent years, dental implant surgery has dramatically improved, allowing for more straightforward treatment and a faster recovery. Many patients compare it to far less invasive procedures like dental fillings.

If you’re considering dental implants in Charlotte, NC, read on to learn what you should expect.

Dental Implant Candidacy and Surgery

The steps include:

Consultation—Your dentist provides a comprehensive exam to make sure implants are right for you. This includes x-rays and a discussion about your smile goals. Sometimes, you’ll need pretreatments to make you a better candidate for dental implants.

Treatment planning—If you’re a candidate for implant dentistry, your dentist plans your treatment using image-guided technology for precision. This means relying on dental films throughout placement.

Implant surgery—Surgery involves anesthetizing the treatment area and gently implanting an artificial tooth root. Over several months, this root integrates to the bone, creating a solid underpinning for your replacement tooth or prosthetic, including a fixed denture. If you’re particularly nervous, ask our dentist about sedation dentistry in Charlotte, NC.

What to Expect

Your dentist provides pre- and post-surgery instructions to promote easier treatment and a faster recovery.

Pretreatment instructions include when to stop eating before surgery. Post instructions deal with the treatment of minor swelling and discomfort after implant placement. Typically, your dentist recommends an NSAID like Ibuprofen after surgery, and it is almost always enough!

Other instructions may include when it’s okay to chew or how to keep the implant area clean. Instructions may be customized to fit your unique case. However, if you follow your dentist’s guidelines, you can expect a prompt recovery.

When healing is complete, expect a restored smile that looks beautiful and functions as it should. 

Your Dental Implant Dentist in Charlotte, NC Restores Smiles

If you have missing teeth and want to learn whether you’re a candidate for implant dentistry, give us a call today. And always reach out if you have any questions for our team.

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