Dental Implant Surgery Sounds Scarier Than It Is
Dental implants are quickly rising to become one of the most popularly requested and performed dental procedures in Torrance, CA. The reason behind their popularity is because they are extremely durable and they last a lifetime for the patient. Dental implants are constructed from a titanium material and since titanium does well within the body, the cells attached to it and form an unbreakable bone. Once the artificial root is in place, it is secure and then crowns can be added on top of the post.
But, before this happens, you must undergo a surgical procedure to make it happen. This procedure sounds much worse than it is and most patients are pleasantly surprised when they find out that the procedure is really not as intense as they thought it to be. This is a good thing and it means you do not have to be afraid either.
If you would like to discuss dental implants or the surgical procedure, contact Steve S. Kim, DDS today. We are always here to help you.
Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Dental Implant Surgery
Many people find themselves afraid of the dental implant surgery and this is just silly. The procedure is quite routine, but we get it, it sounds like a procedure that will hurt. When it comes down to it, you can receive the procedure in our Torrance office without any issues and you will be impressed at how simple it is. Below, you will find three reasons why you should not fear the procedure.
1. Local anesthesia is all that is needed.
Local anesthesia is surprisingly all that is needed for the dental implant surgery. Many patients assume that they will need to be “put to sleep,” but this is just not the case. The local anesthesia is administered to you before the procedure begins and you will find that it numbs your gums and the surrounding area where the surgery will take place.
Now, some patients may find that they are scared of the dentist or they have anxiety about the procedure. For these situations, Dr. Kim will work with you to determine the best options for you. This means that we will go over your options and administer sedation if needed.
2. A surgical map will be used.
The entire dental implant procedure is planned out and mapped out beforehand. This mean that there I no digging around or making uneducated drills into your jaw bone. The surgical map is created by looking at x-rays of your mouth and determining the best spots for the posts. Dr. Steve Kim will always follow the map.
3. The pain and discomfort is minimal.
The pain and discomfort experienced from a dental implant procedure is minimal and will not be as intense as you may have thought. It is important for you to know that if you do experience any discomfort it is mild in nature and you will only need to use an over-the-counter pain killer for it. Should you experience more pain than that, Dr. Kim can prescribe you a medication to help.
What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery
Since many patients think that dental implant surgery will hurt and cause them a lot of pain, they do not actually know how the procedure goes and they fear what to expect. This is quite common, but Dr. Steve Kim wants to make sure that you do not fear the procedure and you know what to expect every step of the way.
Below, you will see that we cover the pre-surgery, surgical, and post-surgery steps. This way, you will have all of your questions answered. However, if you do not and still have a question, we invite you to call our Torrance office.
Before surgery even begins, you will undergo a comprehensive consultation that will include whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure. At this time, Dr. Kim will look over your mouth and teeth and take x-rays to ensure you have enough bone in your jaw for the procedure. If you do, you will be recommended to have the procedure done.
On the day of surgery, you will be prepped for the surgery and given a local anesthetic. From here, you will undergo what I called site preparation. This is a series of drilling sequences uses to drill out the holes in your jaw bone for the posts.
Dr. Kim will use the surgical map for this portion of the procedure and you will only feel the vibrations from the drill. Once the hole has been formed, a titanium post will be placed inside of the hole. Since the gums do need to be cut to expose the bone, once the procedure is done, they will be stitched back together and you will usually have self-dissolving sutures.
Dental implant surgery is very successful and if you were chosen as a good candidate, there is no reason why you should have the posts fail on you. It is important to note that this procedure does require heal time and you will not be ready for your crowns for at least six months.
Once the entire site is healed and the bone is fused to the post, you will find that you can come into our office and have abutments put on and then order your crowns to go on top.
Call Today to Schedule an Appointment with Us
Dental implants are very popular and are quickly becoming one of the most relied upon tooth replacement options. To receive dental implants, you need to have enough bone in your jaw. If you would like to talk to Dr. Kim about dental implants, call Dr. Steve S. Kim, DDS today. We will invite you to come into our Torrance, CA office for a FREE consultation. At this consultation, Dr. Kim will let you know if he thinks you are a good candidate to have the procedure performed. This is also a good time to address any questions or concerns you may have about dental implant surgery in Torrance.