Choosing to have dental implants placed is no small decision, and sometimes it’s a difficult one. With so many different options on the market today, men and women often want to choose a tooth replacement system that “appears” to be the least involved. Dental implants may sound painful, but in reality, having dental implants placed at Capital Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is easy and minimally invasive. Keep reading to learn more about the dental implants procedure and what you can expect to experience.
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art system that replaces tooth roots with metal posts and damaged or missing teeth with stunning artificial teeth that look and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants are also permanent. This is because the titanium rod used in the dental implants fuses with your jawbone, which prevents them from slipping, making noise, or causing bone damage. It also stimulates jawbone growth, keeping patients from ending up with gum resorption.
Our doctors use dental implants in patients who:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Are in good overall health
- Don’t smoke, vape, or use smokeless tobacco
- Have enough jawbone to secure the implants, or are able to receive a bone graft to provide enough jawbone tissue
- Don’t want to wear dentures or bridges
- Don’t have health conditions that will affect bone healing
Will The Dental Implants Procedure Hurt?
Many of our patients are concerned about the dental implants process hurting – but don’t worry. Our doctors are experts in the field of dental implantology and use specialized techniques that greatly increase patient comfort. Our doctors will also use a local anesthetic to fully numb your surgery site so that you will be comfortable.
X-Guided Navigated Surgery
At Capital Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our doctors use the latest techniques and technology available. One amazing system they use is the X-Guide. Our very own Dr. Emery was one of the creators of this state-of-the-art system, which uses computer guidance to allow our doctors to see in real time exactly where they should place each dental implant. This precision keeps our doctors form needing to create incisions in their patients’ mouths, making the procedure minimally invasive, and providing their patients with a quick and comfortable recovery.
How Will I Feel After My Dental Implants Procedure?
As with any surgery, some mild discomfort can be expected in the first couple of days after your dental implants procedure. At Capital Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our doctors use Exparel to drastically improve patient comfort after surgery. This injectable pain medication is long-lasting and decreases patients’ need for narcotic pain medication.
Call Capital Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Today
If you’ve been putting off dental implants surgery because you were worried that the process would hurt, we hope this post has helped ease some of your fear. If you still have questions about the dental implants process and would like to make an appointment for a consultation with one of our doctors in our office, call us today at (202) 386-7100.