What Should You Know about Dental Implant Scheduling and Recovery?

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Dental implants can be used to hold dental crowns and dental bridges in place in order to replace missing teeth. Many people feel some trepidation about undergoing a dental implant procedure since it is a form of dental surgery. However, you have nothing to fear. Dentists can quickly and painlessly place dental implants in patients' mouths to restore their teeth. The following facts about dental implant scheduling and recovery can help you get ready for your appointment:

1. You may be able to have a dental implant placed during your tooth extraction appointment.

Endless dental appointments can cut into your already busy schedule. Not to mention that some people have dental anxiety, which means the fewer dental appointments they have to attend, the better. Luckily, your dentist may be able to place a dental implant in your mouth during a dental extraction procedure. Performing both procedures at the same time can save you an extra trip to the dentist's office. It can also cause less discomfort since you will only have to heal from one invasive procedure.

2. Most of your post-op pain will dissipate in a couple of days.

Many people worry about the pain after a dental procedure. It's true that some pain is to be expected after oral surgery. However, the pain following dental implant placement is mild. If your dentist expects that you will feel more pain due to the necessity for additional bone graft procedures, you will be given prescription pain medication to help you manage your discomfort.

3. You may be given prophylactic antibiotics.

The body has an amazing ability to heal itself. However, when bacteria and viruses proliferate, the immune system sometimes struggles to fight off infections. An infection may make your body more likely to reject your new dental implant. That's why some dentists prescribe prophylactic antibiotics to their patients after dental implant procedures. You can discuss the need for antibiotics with your dentist, but keep in mind that if your dentist prescribes antibiotics, it's because they believe taking this medication is in your best interest.

4. Your dentist can answer any questions or concerns you may have.

If you experience any concerns during the healing process or you're unsure if something you're experiencing is normal, you can always call your dentist to ask. Your dentist is the best person to answer your questions about the healing process for dental implants. You should contact your dentist if you feel sudden, increasing pain or notice pus or swelling around the implant site.

To learn more about dental implant surgery, contact a dentist in your area.