More and more people are having dental implants fitted as a long-lasting, stable solution for missing teeth. But, having implants fitted can be a daunting experience for some of us, especially if we are nervous dental patients in the first place. It’s bad enough having your teeth drilled, we think, but having our jawbone drilled, no, can’t cope with that idea at all.
So, let’s take a look at what happens when you go for dental implant surgery. First of all, it’s important to choose a dentist with the right training and experience to carry out this work. If you live in Kent, then Centre for Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology in Tunbridge Wells is a good choice.
The drilling bit
Your dentist will create new sockets in your jawbone to fit in the implants, under anaesthetic. This means you should feel very little discomfort. In order to reduce the chances of cracking, your dentist may start with a small drill, and then use a slightly bigger one to widen it. The dentist will also drill quite slowly, because, if they go too fast, the friction can build heat and damage the surrounding cells. They will also constantly flush the area with cool water.
After the surgery is over
You will need someone to drive you home, and you should go to bed to rest for the rest of the day, and probably take the next day off as well.
Immediately after fitting, you may need to bite down on a piece of gauze for the rest of the day to staunch any blood flow. This should not be excessive. Over the next few days, you will frequently need to wash your mouth out with salt water to prevent infection, and to brush your teeth very gently.
During this time, you will also need to be very careful about what you eat, so that you do not disturb your new dental implants. You can gradually introduce more chewy foods as the gums heal over. Healing will take a few months, during which time the jawbone grows around the dental implants, making them able to withstand biting and chewing.
Once your new custom-made crowns have been fitted, you will just need to reinstate your usual, diligent dental routine twice daily. Your dental implants will soon become so integrated into your life that you may almost forget you have them.