If you are thinking about having dental implants in Buckinghamshire, but feel rather daunted at the prospect of the surgery itself, then you might like to find out a bit more about it.
At Smile Design Dental, we know that, because implants are still a relatively new treatment, they can seem a little scary to some people. Having dental implants in Buckinghamshire has been compared to root canal therapy, but there is one big difference between the two.
When you have root canal work, your infected teeth are being drilled into. You are already in pain. With dental implant surgery, we are drilling into your healthy, infection-free jawbone to create an artificial socket. You are not already in pain, and your jawbone has far fewer nerve endings than your teeth, so you will feel less pain. That’s why a local anaesthetic is sufficient to numb you.
It may not be sufficient to relieve your anxiety, however. Anxiety about dental treatment is not always based on logic, and therefore we don’t base our use of sedation on how much pain you will feel, but on how anxious you are likely to be.
Types of sedation
You can have either oral or intravenous sedation. Both will deeply relax you so that you float through the treatment. If part of your dental anxiety is related to needles, then you will probably prefer to have oral sedation. With both methods, you will be able to respond if we need to talk to you, but you may not remember much about the treatment after it has finished.
Back at home
After the surgery, you can go home to bed and rest for 24 hours, biting down on the gauze pads to relieve the pain, along with over-the-counter painkillers. There will be some swelling for a few days, but after a week or so, you can come off a liquid diet and get back to normal.
Once your implants have integrated with your bone tissue, a process that takes a few weeks, they will be ready for your new custom-made crowns.
Come and see how dental implants in Buckinghamshire can transform your life by making an appointment for a consultation with us.