A More Comfortable Dental Implant Procedure
- December 22, 2017
Dental implants can be life-changing. They can improve your dental function, health, and self-esteem. But what if fear of discomfort is keeping you from getting dental implants? Luckily, Gentle Dental Care makes it possible to experience a more comfortable dental implant procedure.
Dr. Peltzer is a nationally known expert in the field sedation dentistry, which focuses on minimizing stress and pain during dental procedures. He is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has had extensive experience placing dental implants.
Read on for more information about how we ease tension and discomfort at every step of your journey to beautifully restored teeth. Then, experience our ‘gentle’ approach to dental implant placement in the Greater Hartford Area! Call us at (860) 479-2397 to schedule a consultation.
What Is The Procedure For Getting Dental Implants?
To fully understand the procedure for replacing teeth with dental implants, we first have to understand what dental implants are.
When you lose a tooth, you lose two parts: the visible crown and the root, which connects the crown to your jaw bone. If you want to get as close as possible to a real tooth, you have to replace both the root and the crown.
That’s where the dental implant comes in! A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of biocompatible titanium.
When you come to Gentle Dental Care for dental implants, we’ll first assess your medical history and bone density to ensure that dental implants are right for you. Then, we’ll place the dental implant by inserting it into the gums and jaw where the tooth root used to be.
Then, we’ll give you a period of about six to 12 weeks to heal. During this time, the process of osseointegration will occur. The jaw bone will actually heal around the artificial tooth root, much like it would a natural tooth root.
Once the area surrounding the dental implant has healed, you’ll come in again to have it restored. During this visit, we’ll replace the visible portion of the missing tooth (or teeth). We’ll affix a custom abutment to the dental implant, which will hold your dental restoration securely in place.
After that, you’ll be able to walk out of our office restored bite force and a healthy, beautiful smile you can be proud of!
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Lots of people worry about the dental implant procedure being painful, but many people say placing dental implants is no more uncomfortable than a tooth extraction. And with the help of anesthesia, you’ll likely experience little discomfort.
You may experience some soreness after we place your dental implants. But the discomfort can be addressed with over-the-counter painkillers.
And once your dental implants have healed and been restored, you probably won’t even notice that they’re there. They look and feel like natural teeth, so they’re an incredibly comfortable teeth replacement option.
How Can I Experience A More Comfortable Dental Implant Procedure?
At Gentle Dental Care, we believe that friendly faces and a reassuring touch can help alleviate stress before a procedure. But we also realize that it’s not always enough. That’s why we’re proud to offer three dental sedation options. Dr. Peltzer has extensive experience and training in the field of sedation dentistry, so you’ll feel comfortable in his care.
Here are the three forms of dental sedation we offer:
- Nitrous oxide. This form of dental sedation is more commonly known as “laughing gas.” It’s administered via a small mask placed over your nose. Within a few breaths, you’ll enjoy the effects of nitrous oxide: a sense of calm and mild euphoria.
- Oral conscious sedation. This form of dental sedation is a bit deeper than nitrous oxide, but it does have some drawbacks. It’s administered as a pill, which you’ll take at a certain amount of time before your appointment. When it’s time for your procedure, you’ll feel relaxed. You might also feel a bit groggy or drowsy. The downside of this form of sedation is that we have little control over how deeply sedated you are, and you may feel the effects for several hours after the work is done. That’s why we ask that if you choose oral conscious sedation you arrange a ride to and from our office.
- IV sedation. This is the deepest form of sedation we offer and the one we use most at Gentle Dental Care. It’s administered directly into the bloodstream, which means you’ll quickly feel its effects. You’ll still be conscious during your procedure, but you’ll experience it as if you’re in a dream. As with oral sedation, we ask that you arrange a ride to and from our office.
You already know that you’ll enjoy all the benefits of dental implants — the improved quality of life and boost of confidence. Why not enjoy the process of getting the dental implants as well?