Nobody really looks forward to going to the dentist; and, you may be nervous about getting dental implants for the first time. However, a dentist--like Dr. Andres Maeso--can make sure that the process is as painless as possible. Read on to learn about the extraction and implantation process so that you know what to expect before your appointment.
Only a dentist will be able to tell you if a tooth is salvageable or if it is best to just pull it. If your tooth does need to be pulled, you need to decide whether you will have local anesthetic or sedation during the operation. Sedation is probably the easiest way to go, but it can cost several hundred dollars more. Also, if you have trouble recovering or waking up from anesthesia, you might want to avoid being sedated for your tooth extraction.
Having a tooth pulled while just under local anesthetics could be stressful, but you will be numb enough that you should not feel anything. Tell the dentist to stop as soon as you notice any pain. The dentist will need to cut away the gum to properly extract the tooth, so make sure you communicate your pain levels. If you aren't responding to the local anesthetic, your dentist can sedate you.
Immediately after the tooth is extracted, the dentist will lay the base for the implant. A bone paste will be placed over your dry root. This will eventually be the root of your implant. The bone paste will take about 3 months to settle. You will be sewed up and instructed when to come back to the final implant.
Once the bone has grafted onto your root, it will be time for your implant. The implant will be drilled directly into the grafted root. You will just receive local anesthetic for this process, as the bone will not be sensitive. Then, you will have to be fitted for a crown. The crown is installed on top of the implant.
The process will require several return visits to the dentist or oral surgeon. It might be traumatic at times, but you will have a solid, working tooth when all is said and done. Some insurances will cover the cost of the entire surgery, while others will only cover some of the cost. The process can be expensive, so make sure you consult your dental insurance beforehand.