Harrell Dental Implant Center wants you to know that 2017 is the year to transform your dream of a beautiful smile into reality. It’s time for you to enjoy the personal and social benefits that come with a smile you are proud to show off. Dr. Robert Harrell, founder of Harrell Dental Implant Center, and his staff want you to feel confident and comfortable with every step of the dental implant process that will create your radiant new smile. Understanding what to expect ahead of time will allow you to remain in a relaxed state of mind before, during and after the procedure. Let’s take a closer look at what’s involved with replacing your missing or damaged teeth with implants. The following post will cover some of the basics, starting from the very beginning.
Comprehensive dental exam. You may have dental X-rays taken and models made of your teeth and mouth.
Treatment plan. Tailored to your situation, this plan takes into account factors such as how many teeth you need to have replaced and the condition of your jawbone. The planning process may involve a variety of dental specialists, including a doctor who specializes in conditions of the mouth, jaw and face (oral and maxillofacial surgeon), a dentist who works with the structures that support teeth (periodontist) and a dentist who will restore the implants with crowns, bridges or dentures.
Tell your doctor about any medical conditions and any medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements. If you have certain heart conditions or orthopedic implants, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics before surgery to help prevent infection.
To control pain, anesthesia options during surgery include local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia. Talk to your dental specialist about which option is best for you. Your dental care team will instruct you about eating and drinking before surgery, depending on what type of anesthesia you have. If you’re having general anesthesia, plan to have someone take you home after surgery and expect to rest for the remainder of the day. More details at Mayo Clinic
Things To Consider For Scheduling
It is a good idea to evaluate your schedule and book your dental implant procedure when it makes sense with your plans. For instance, space your dental implants away from out-of-town vacations and extended travel plans. If you are planning family photos or attending a family event such as a wedding, be sure you incorporate healing time into the equation. Having adequate time to rest and relax will help ensure that your mouth has the downtime it needs for ultimate success.
Here’s a more detailed examination of what you can expect after your implant procedure.
Whether you have dental implant surgery in one stage or multiple stages, you may experience some of the typical discomforts associated with any type of dental surgery, such as:
- Swelling of your gums and face
- Bruising of your skin and gums
- Pain at the implant site
- Minor bleeding
If swelling, discomfort or any other problem gets worse in the days after surgery, contact your oral surgeon. You may need pain medications or antibiotics.
After each stage of surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals — as long as 10 to 14 days. Typically, your surgeon will use stitches that dissolve on their own. If your stitches aren’t self-dissolving, your doctor removes them in about 10 days. Continue reading at Colgate
Let’s Get Started
The Harrell Dental Implant Center team is ready to replace your missing and damaged teeth and give you the gleaming smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you need to have a single dental implant placed or require an entire arch of teeth, Dr. Harrell can give you a brilliant new smile.
Book your free consultation today and discover which implant options will best address your needs. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.