Dental implants have helped improve the oral health of many Americans. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that over 3 million people in the United States have received dental implants. Meanwhile, the global dental implant market size topped $4.1 billion in 2022 and is projected to exceed $6.3 billion by 2029, according to Fortune Business Insights. Ultimately, dental implants offer a proven way to complete your smile and improve your oral health.

If you’re interested in this treatment, you might have questions about the dental implant installation procedure. It’s smart to speak with your dentist if you have specific questions and concerns. That said, we can cover some of the common concepts.

Getting Prepped for Dental Implant Surgery

First, before dental implants are even installed, you need to make sure that you’re a good candidate for them. Your dentist will want to make sure that your jaws are in good shape and that your oral health overall will be supportive of dental implants. You may have to undergo thorough examinations, x-rays, and more.

Before you come in for surgery, your dental team will inform you whether you can drink water or eat food and when to cut off consumption. The specific instructions may depend on the details of your procedure. As such, it’s crucial to speak with your dentist.

Undergoing Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery is rather invasive. You’ll feel the effects of the surgery, and if it were done without anesthesia, it’d be quite painful. Your dental team will have to make an incision in your gums. From there, they will need to drill into your jaws and then fasten the titanium dental implants.

The procedure itself will be heavily impacted by the type of anesthesia you use. Your dentist may recommend local anesthesia, meaning you’ll be awake during the procedure, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. If you do, you can communicate with your dentist, and they can provide assistance.

General anesthesia can also be used to put a patient in a sleep-like state. Usually, general anesthesia is only used if bone grafting is involved. However, there may be other situations that will make general anesthesia appropriate. You should talk with your dentist if you’d like to consider it.

Want to learn more about dental implant procedures? Worried about the recovery process? Feel free to reach out to Tory Hill Dental for further assistance and advice. We’ll be happy to assist you!