Getting Dental Implants in South Yorkshire: It’s Really Not That Bad

a woman having a dental checkupPeople think that getting dental implants in South Yorkshire is going to be awful, with lots of drilling and lots of pain, but it’s not like that. Despite having a fearsome reputation, implant surgery is probably going to hurt less than root canal therapy and recovery is pretty easy too.

Much of the fear around getting dental implants in South Yorkshire stems from the fact that having them inserted involves drilling into the jawbone. Sounds much worse than it actually is. The best way to make sure that process is easy is to go to a dental implant surgeon who has a lot of experience, such as those at PDC Dental Implants.

What goes on in implant surgery?

The actual surgery for dental implants in South Yorkshire takes place under local anaesthetic. This is ample for numbing the jawbone and gum. People think drilling into the bone is going to be incredibly painful because it is more invasive than drilling into the teeth, but in fact it hurts much less. This is because there are far fewer nerve endings in the jawbone than in the teeth.

That said, it’s good to be relaxed during implant surgery, which can take a while. So, if the patient is likely to be suffering high levels of anxiety during the procedure, they can have sedation, either oral or intravenous, which will deeply relax them.

The surgeon will cut a flap through the gum and then carefully drill a channel into the bone. Plenty of water is used to cool the bone during drilling so that the cells are not killed off. Also, the dentist will start by making a narrow hole and then widen it, to be sure not to crack the bone. Once the implant has been either tapped or screwed into place, the gum is replaced and surgery is over.

The next few weeks are all about healing, during which the titanium implant fuses with the bone to produce that famous chewing stability that means patients will be able to eat, talk and laugh as they did before they lost their teeth.