If you have missing teeth, dental implants offer one of the best replacement solutions. Although the process takes longer than getting dentures, many patients are pleased with the natural look and feel of implants. If you’re scheduled for dental implant surgery in San Diego , here are the answers to some questions that may be on your mind.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for dental implant surgery?
Most people with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants. The most important factor is if you have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant. Even if your bone has deteriorated, your oral surgeon may still be able to perform dental implant surgery by using bone grafting to rebuild the jaw. Your surgeon will examine if you need bone grafting during the planning process for the procedure. You may also be asked to undergo medical tests to ensure that you don’t have a condition that could interfere with your recovery.
What kind of anesthesia is used for dental implant surgery?
In most cases, patients can have dental implant surgery using only local anesthesia (numbing medication.) Sometimes, local anesthesia can also be used for minor bone grafting that may be necessary to make an implant possible. However, if you are nervous about the implant procedure, talk to your surgeon. He or she can help you choose the right kind of anesthesia for your needs. In some cases, patients opt to have dental implant surgery under IV sedation, particularly if they need multiple implants at once or have to have extensive grafting performed. We can do this in our office as well. You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure if you are going to have anything other than local anesthesia.
Will I need to take time off from work?
Most people prefer to take the rest of the day off after an implant procedure. For extensive implant procedures, and extensive bone grafting, your dentist may recommend that you take off additional time. You will also need to take pain medication after surgery that could interfere with your ability to drive.