Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The ideal dental implant candidate is over 18, in general good health, and has enough bone to hold the dental implant in place. Dental implants are usually not recommended for children, as the jaw is still growing. Patients who suffer from heart disease or diabetes should undergo evaluation before obtaining dental implants. Although smokers can still get dental implants, they may face a lower success rate if they continue smoking.
Before your implant surgery, Dr. Azalea will schedule a consultation with you in which he goes over your medical history, current medications, and a list of questions to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants.
Will dental implant surgery hurt?
Before installing your implants, Dr. Azalea will apply local anesthesia to the affected area. This numbs the gum before implant surgery so you will not feel pain during the procedure. For nervous patients, Dr. Azalea may offer IV sedation. IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation (also called “twilight sleep”) so that you are not worried during surgery. Many patients report that dental implants are actually less painful than wisdom teeth extractions. Swelling and slight discomfort may occur after implant surgery, but those can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.