What is involved in getting a dental implant
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How Pete got a dental implant and his dental implantation surgery experience:
Having very low tolerance of dental pain, I got about 4 times the amount of anaesthetics that an average dental patient needs.
I took antibiotics the day before, and on the afternoon of the operation took another antibiotic and one painkiller (Aulin) to pre-medicate myself.
Then in the dentist's chair, after getting 2 double doses of strong anaesthetic injections, the whole procedure took about 20 minutes.
I felt nothing when my gum was cut open, and only a very distant numb vibration when the jawbone was drilled.
The stitching of the gums back together took about 8 minutes as it was a fiddly job towards the back of my mouth but I felt nothing at all.
Probably the worst I felt during the whole procedure were the two anaesthetics injections at the very start.
After the surgery, the anaesthetic wore off after about 4 hours and I felt no pain whatsoever, just some slight throbbing similar to after a tooth extraction.
The only thing I felt afterwards were the 2 stitches in my gum with my tongue and a slight new pressure inside my jaw, similar probably to what one feels 2 weeks after being whacked in the jaw.
I was supposed to go back to the dentist after one week to get the stitches removed but I decided to take them out myself - which is what a lot of our dental patients do so as not to have to go to their dentist back home for this.
I did this with tweezers, scissors ( a cigarette lighter to anaesthetize the scissors and tweezers) a dentist's mouth mirror, a good desk lamp and a shaving mirror, and all went fine.
That's it. I now had a piece of Titanium in my head and airport metal detectors beware when Pete is around.
After a 3 months healing period - in July 2006 I then got the healing abutment on top of the implant.
We've had quite a lot of patients over for dental implants and here are some of their impressions on their implantation surgery experience:
One lady patient had 6 adjacent implants done in one go in her top jaw.
This is considered as a massive dental surgery event.
Another dental patient from Switzerland told me that there was no pain during the procedure but he did feel a very strange sensation whilst the thread for the implant was being engraved inside the hole in his jawbone.
Another patient had 1 implant and basically no pain, forgot to use the ice pack, took no painkillers and had no swelling.
Another dental implant patient had some swelling 4 days after the treatment which then went away after two days.
Yet another dental implant patient had 2 implants in the lower jaw, and after 5 days even got a clipable set of dentures fitted. He had no other teeth in his lower jaw.
Dental Implant rejection
The dental statistic, which is basically a mathematical fact in dentistry, or one of the so called dental laws, is that about 1,5% of non bone graft or sinus lift implants will reject, and 3% of implants which were inserted with a bone graft or sinus lift will reject.
This is usually due to smoking after implantation, or just part of the statistics even without smoking and has all to do with the patient's body, and how it accepts or deals with a foreign titanium bolt inserted into the jaw bone.
From about 80 patients in the last year in all 2 implants have rejected on 2 separate patients, both of whom had sinus lifts and smoked after the implantation. Both went to separate dentists.
If any dentist in the world tells you that he can guarantee that his implants won't reject, or have never before rejected, then he either has a God complex or has done very few implants in his career.
In Kromeriz and Zlin though, implants are guaranteed by both the dentist and Noble Biocare who produce them and if an implant rejects, if possible, a second attempt will be undertaken.
One of the patients above did not get an implant to replace the one that rejected and got a bridge instead.
The other patient above had a further sinus lift with another implant and all went well the second time round.
What is it like getting a dental implant.
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