I have always been one of those people who loves to get out into the world and talk with other people, but a few years ago, I realized that I had to do something about my smile. My teeth were yellow and unattractive, and it was really discouraging to see how much different my smile was. I knew that I needed to get my teeth fixed, so I started working with a professional dentist to make things right. Within a few short months, my smile was completely transformed, and I knew that I owed it all to my dental professional. Check out this blog for more information about working with a dentist.
To some degree, it is normal to be a bit worried before any surgery. All surgeries do come with some risk, no matter how small that risk will be, and you can also expect some pain in recovery. When it comes to dental implant surgery, however, most patients quickly realize — after surgery — that they did not need to be as worried as they were. You can let go of your worries before surgery; just keep reading below.
Will dental implant surgery hurt?
Before surgery, your dentist will give you a few shots of local anesthesia to numb your mouth first. You won't feel anything while the implant is actually being put into your jaw. Plus, the anesthesia will remain active for a couple of hours after your surgery, which should give you time to take a pain reliever and take an edge off the pain. After surgery, the pain is quite manageable if you remember to take your pain relievers on-schedule.
Will you be able to eat anything afterward?
You will probably want to stick to soft foods for a couple of days post-surgery, but there are more soft food options than you might realize. Fruit smoothies, yogurt, applesauce, pudding — these are all foods you can eat in the first few hours after implant surgery. However, once the numbness fades, you can start eating other soft foods like bread, pasta, and rice. And you can work foods that require actual chewing back into your diet faster than you might think. Most patients are back to eating like normal within a week or two. You'll want to be careful chewing in the location of the implant, of course, but using the rest of your mouth should be fine.
What are the chances of infection after implant surgery?
Maybe you've heard that infection is a risk that comes with all surgeries, including dental implant surgery. That is true, but the risk is still very low. Your dentist will recommend that you rinse with salt water several times a day after your implant surgery. This will keep bacteria at bay so your surgical site does not become infected. As long as you adhere to this protocol, there's really nothing to be worried about.
You don't need to be worried about dental implant surgery. If you are still concerned, don't hesitate to talk to your dentist. They want you to feel secure and confident in the procedure you're about to have