What to expect during implant surgery

Dentist explaining to an old woman

Dentist explaining to an old womanPeople with missing teeth, who have decided to replace them with dental implants, often start to feel nervous about what will happen during implant surgery.

The first thing they need to do is find a reputable dentist offering dental implants in Hampshire. There are several available, including Dental Implants Hampshire. It’s a good idea to look for a dentist who has had a long and varied implant career, and possibly even won industry awards for their work.

Reading up on each dentist on the General Dental Council website to see what their dental implant qualifications and experience are is a good way to search for the right dental surgeon for dental implants in Hampshire.

Implant dentists will offer an initial consultation, so that patients can meet and discuss their treatment and desired outcome. Once someone hascommitted to implant surgery, the dentist can do a more in-depth consultation and draw up a treatment plan, including costs. Once the plan is agreed, the patient will be booked in for oral surgery for dental implants in Hampshire.

The implant procedure

Surgery is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. The pain is much less than dental work on teeth because the jaw has far fewer nerve endings. However, patients who are especially anxious can request sedation.

Immediately after surgery under local anaesthetic, any blood flow can be staunched by biting down on a piece of gauze for a short time. Bleeding is unlikely tobe excessive. However, for a few dayspatients will have to frequently wash their mouth with salt water and also brush their teeth very gently to prevent infection.

For a while, a limited diet is necessary, so as not to disturb the dental implants. During this time of two to four months, a process called osseointegration is taking place. The jawbone is growing around and fusing with the dental implants, making them secure, so that they can withstand actions like biting and chewing.

Once the bones and gums have healed you can have the crowns fitted. These are custom-made to so closely resemble the remaining natural teeth so that no one will know that they are artificial.