Do you have missing teeth? Dental implants have become one of the most popular replacement options because of how long they last and how natural they look. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is fused to your jawbone to create an artificial tooth root ready to support your restoration (false tooth). So how do you receive these amazing tooth replacements? Keep reading to find out as well as how sedation dentistry can make the process easy and relaxing.
What Can I Expect from My Dental Implant Surgery?
The placement of your dental implants usually occurs in stages. First, your damaged tooth is removed, or the area of the missing tooth is prepared. Second, your jawbone is prepared for surgery, and if you have a smaller or weaker jawbone, you may need a bone graft—a procedure that replaces missing bone.
After that, your expert dentist will place your dental implant (the titanium post) in your jawbone. Next, you’ll begin the healing process, which can take months for the implant to become integrated in your jawbone.
Once your dental implant is in place, your dentist will attach an abutment (a connector). Finally, your brand-new tooth will be placed on the abutment to attach beautifully for a permanent restoration.
How Can Sedation Help Me?
The dental implant procedure can be performed using local anesthesia or sedation. Because it’s a surgical procedure, sedation can help you remain relaxed during the process. Especially if you have anxiety or are fearful of the surgery, your dentist can use oral sedation or IV sedation to keep you comfortable during the procedure.
If you have mild anxiety or you’re just a little too worried about the process, your dentist can use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to provide you with a sense of calm. Patients find this sensation enjoyable, and well worth it to combat mild dental fear.
If you have moderate to severe dental anxiety, you’d benefit most from IV sedation. Although this sedation method is stronger than laughing gas, it still won’t put you completely to sleep. However, it does provide you with a sense of unawareness for a comfortable and easy procedure. Just make sure that you have plans for someone to drive you home after!
Sometimes, depending on your insurance, your plan may be able to help with some of the cost of sedation. Talk to your dentist and your insurance provider to see if the sedation you’d benefit from most is covered by your dental insurance.
Do you have missing teeth that you want fixed? Contact your dentist about dental implants and ask them which sedation method would be best for you. That way, you can get your complete and beautiful smile back without any discomfort.
Meet the Dentist
A dentist of over 25 years, Dr. Richard A. Cea brings experience to each smile he treats in Colorado Springs. He understands that dental anxiety and fear is a real issue, which is why he offers relaxing sedation. He currently practices at Springs Dental Care, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (719) 637-1772 for any questions.