Missing teeth can make life more difficult to manage. You may talk differently or be hesitant to smile due to the gap in your teeth. Dr. Robert Harrell and his staff at Harrell Dental Implant Center want you look and feel your very best at all times with a full set of strong, durable teeth. Whether you need to replace one or all of your teeth, Dr. Harrell can give you the stable and gorgeous smile you deserve.
The key to dental implants is the part you don’t see: the implant itself, a threaded titanium post which is inserted into the bone of the jaw, and eventually fuses with it. Placement of the implant is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure carried out under local anesthesia. After it has integrated with the bone — often, in a few months — a custom-made crown that matches your natural teeth is permanently attached. More info at Dear Doctor
Dental Implant Surgery: Knowledge is Power
Harrell Dental Implant Center believes in providing our patients with all the facts about their procedure. We want you to feel secure with your treatment and enjoy the best results possible. You are putting your smile in the experienced hands of Dr. Harrell, the top implant dentist in Charlotte, you can rest easy.
Let’s take a closer look at the general guidelines to follow after undergoing dental implant surgery.
Icing and Rest
Your dentist may ask you to ice the area you received treatment, immediately after the surgery. Depending on the amount of work done, your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend you take the rest of the day off to rest. Ice should be used to comfort the area and reduce swelling. After 48 hours, use a warm towel to soothe the area instead of an ice pack if you experience any discomfort.
If you experience pain that does not fade with an ice or hot pack, then you can use over the counter painkillers to reduce the pain. Your dentist may prescribe you a more severe medication such as Codeine or Vicodin just in case you do experience pain that cannot be controlled with over the counter medication.
To make the healing process faster and more comfortable, you will need to take antibiotics after surgery. They will help your gums recover from the surgery.
To prevent infection and lessen discomfort, you may also be asked to use a mouth rinse in the hours and days following surgery. If your dentist does prescribe an antibiotic, you should use caution when spitting your rinse, so as not to harm your healing gums. Additionally, you should not eat or drink for 30 minutes prior to rinsing.
The first two nights following surgery, you should do your best to rest with your head elevated. Although this may be uncomfortable for you now, it will help your implants heal correctly and will have you feeling healthier sooner. Read more at Disabled World
Book Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
Schedule a free consultation with Harrell Dental Implant Center to discuss your needs and the implant options that are available to meet them. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place. Based on the details provided and the image, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with Dr. Robert Harrell and his staff.