Dental implant surgery can be a relatively minor process or quite extensive, depending on the number of teeth you are having replaced with dental implants. You might think that placing a screw within your jaw bone is one that would leave you in considerable pain, yet dental implant surgery has come a long way. Nowadays, some patients can use local anesthetic and be up and about in no time. In other cases that involve multiple dental implants, recovery is a bit longer and requires sedation.
Understanding the advantages of dental implants usually alleviates the thoughts of any pain involved in the process of placing the implants. But rest assured, several types of dental anesthesia are available to help you feel as comfortable and as relaxed as needed during the procedure. When you visit Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, members of our team will go over all the available anesthesia options.
Once anesthesiology options are discussed, patients that are anxious about the procedure usually relax, knowing that the right pain medication for their particular situation is available.
Anesthesia Choices for Dental Implant Surgery
Your questions about dental implant surgery will typically center on alleviating any pain during the procedure. If your implant placement involves just one or two teeth, you’ll likely only need a local anesthetic. However, when multiple dental implants are required, a conscious sedation or general anesthesia can work better for guaranteeing maximum comfort.
Anesthesia for any dental procedure is derived from one of the following choices:
- Local anesthetics: Administered by injection and the same used in fillings or extracts with general dentistry
- Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”: An inhaled anesthesia used in cases where the patient needs more relaxation beyond local anesthesia
- Conscious sedation combined with local anesthetics: After local anesthetics, a patient receives medication that creates a drowsy and relaxed feeling
- General anesthesia: A medication used to place the patient into a deep sleep
What to Expect Following Dental Implant Surgery
With any type of dental surgery, you likely will experience some discomfort. Additionally, you should expect the following side effects after implant and other invasive dental procedures. Those side effects include:
- Pain at the implant or surgery site
- Minor bleeding
- Bruising of your skin and gums
- Swelling of your gums and face
If swelling persists after a couple of days, then you should contact your dental surgeon, as you may need additional pain medication or antibiotics. You’ll also want to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions about what to eat after the surgery and when you can begin eating normally.
If you are ready to improve the look and functionality of your teeth, our implant dentist can help you identify the procedures that would work best and discuss your anesthesia options for each. Please call our office today at (800) 672-8518 for your consultation and evaluation. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and surrounding areas in New Jersey.