Dental Implant Surgery: Commonly Asked Questions

We frequently have questions that patients ask about dental implants. Whether you are looking at the option of dental implants, or have the procedure planned and scheduled, these frequently asked questions will answer some top questions to help make your decision. 

#1 - Can you notice a dental implant? 

Dental implants are not noticeable, and you will not notice them when you look in a mirror in your mouth, or when you smile. Implants are designed and placed to look and feel completely natural. This is accomplished by matching up the implant to your natural teeth's shape and color.

#2 - Does the body ever reject an implant?

It is rare that a person's body rejects an implant. It has been noted in some very rare cases that an allergic reaction to the material the implants are constructed with occured. The typical material used to constcut and make dental implants is titanium alloy. The patients after-care can also create a failure to the implant. Just like taking care of your teeth, the implant requires good hygiene.

#3 - How should you prepare for dental plant surgery?

If the dental implant surgery requires sedation, avoid drinking or eating anything 8 to 12 hours before the scheduled appointment. Most importantly, work with your dentist in knowing the best way to prepare for the surgery. 

#4 - Is dental implant surgery done on an outpatient or inpatient appointment?

Implant surgery in most cases is done on an outpatient status, but this is done in different stages over a few weeks.

#5 - What are the different steps of dental implant surgery?

Because this is a more detailed and extended procedure, dentists perform inserting and securing dental implants in various stages. In the first step, the damaged tooth is extracted. Bone grafting may be involved as the second step, which how the step for ensuring the jawbone is prepared for surgery. Upon the jawbone healing, the metal post that the artificial tooth is placed in your jawbone.

#6 - How long does a dental implant procedure take?

Generally, an implant procedure can take about an hour for a single implant. Multiple implants can take longer. However, this is broken up into several steps over the length of a few weeks. 

#7 - Is Dental implant surgery painful?

Over the counter medication is recommended to patients after the procedure is completed. Advil and Tylenol may be suggested for 2-5 days after surgery. If a bone graft is needed or multiple implants, post-operative discomfort may occur. Based on the operation, the dentist will prescribe pain medication as needed. The dentist will also choose anesthesia if this is necessary.

#8 - Is general anesthesia necessary for implants?

Anesthesia might not be required if the patient has only one or two implants. A local anesthetic should keep the patient comfortable while the implants are being placed. Although, every patient's pain level varies, so it is recommended to speak to your dentist about your concerns. 

#9 - What is the recovery time of dental implant surgery?

Recovery time can range from 2 to 5 days after surgery depending on how many implants were needed and if a bone graft was performed. Some patients require up to a week of recovery because of jawbone tenderness and discomfort. For the entire the mouth to heal completely, it can take about 4-6 months to fully recover.

#10 - What can a patient eat after a dental implant?

Eating shouldn’t be painful, and comfort is important which means that choosing the right food can vary from person to person. Here are a few suggestions for soft foods to eat: peaches, melons, bananas, steamed vegetables, carrots, broccoli, and squash. Some other suggestions of soft foods to eat includes bread, mashed potatoes, and oatmeal. It is also essential to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated during the healing period.

#11 - What are some foods to stay away from after implant surgery?

Crunchy and hard foods avoided after having dental implant surgery. Anything sticky and with excess amounts of seeds should also be avoided. Some of these foods would be chips, crackers, popcorn, ice, and any chewy candies.

Do you have more questions about dental implant surgery that was not covered here? Feel free to give our office a call, and we will do our best to answer any additional questions you have. If you have not already, schedule a consultation so we can give you the most personalized answer for your unique needs. 

Call (703) 651-1942 today to reach Lake Ridge Dental Care.

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