Many people find dental appointments daunting; even more so if they know there will be injections and drilling, and more so again if they are in for an hour or so of this. No wonder the prospect of having dental implants in Hampshire, or anywhere else for that matter, can strike disquiet into the hearts of even the bravest dental patient. And yet, it’s really not that bad. Let’s take a look at how easy dental implant surgery is. After all, knowledge is power.
What’s Involved in Dental Implant Treatment?
First of all, dental implants in Hampshire, when inserted out by reputable practices such as Dental Implants Hampshire is a painless process that is carried out under local anaesthetic. Dentists compare it to having root canal treatment or a tooth extraction, but it’s probably less painful than either of those as there are far fewer nerve endings in the jawbone than there are in the teeth.
So, the patient arrives at the clinic first thing in the morning, or the beginning of the afternoon. If they have opted for oral sedation, they will have already taken a tablet. If they have opted for intravenous sedation, they will be fitted with a butterfly and a tube to administer the sedation straight into the bloodstream. Once the patient is comfortable, the area is numbed with a local aneasethic and the dentist can get to work.
The dentist cuts a flap in the gum, pulling it back to get to the bone. They then use a small drill to make a title=”Oral Health Foundation”channel in the bone at a predetermined angle and depth that will accommodate the dental implant in the best way to support the number and kind of artificial teeth that will go on top of it. Water is used to constantly flush the bone as it is drilled so that the living bone tissue does not overheat and die. The narrow hole is then widened with successively wider drills. Drilling has to be done slowly and gradually so that the bone does not crack. Once the channel is made to size, the dentist can pop in the titanium implant, with a protective cap over it, close up the gum, and that’s it.