Dental implants are placed during a surgical procedure, then have to integrate with your bone in a process that can take anywhere from three months to a year. But most of that time is passive. Sure, you should make sure you’re getting good nutrition, caring for your oral health, watching out for complications, and making your follow-up visits, but that’s not a major concern. What is a major concern for many people is the actual dental implant surgery.
When it comes to the surgery, many people have concerns that range from discomfort to just being able to sit still for the procedure. If you have any concerns about this, general anesthesia can help make your dental implant procedure quicker and more comfortable.
Most Procedures Are Relatively Quick
If you just need one dental implant placed, your procedure won’t take too long. It usually takes less than an hour, and discomfort can be managed well even without general anesthesia. But once you add extra features to your dental procedure, it can become a more involved procedure that might benefit from general anesthesia.
When Things Get Complicated
There are many potential complications that can lengthen your dental implant procedure. First, you might need tooth extractions at the same time. This usually doesn’t take a long time, and conditions like bone loss related to gum disease can make this part of the procedure easier.
You might need multiple dental implants placed. This can lengthen your procedure, but probably not as much as you’d think. Even with multiple implants, the procedure won’t normally take more than three hours unless there are other complications.
But if bone loss makes extractions easier, it can actually significantly lengthen your procedure. Some bone augmentation procedures can be time-consuming, such as a sinus lift. Adding in these types of procedures can lead to six hours or more in the chair.
How General Anesthesia Helps
General anesthesia is very helpful for these longer, more complicated dental implant procedures. It can make the entire procedure pass in the blink of an eye, so you don’t have to worry about being able to sit still for the length of the procedure. It offers excellent control of discomfort, which is especially important for some of the more invasive parts of the procedure, and when the surgery is being done on multiple areas of the mouth.
For many people, general anesthesia just leads to a more comfortable and enjoyable procedure.
The office of Dr. James B. Polley is one of the few dental offices in Las Vegas accredited to perform general anesthesia. If you want to learn how this can improve your dental implant procedure, please call (702) 873-0324 today for an appointment with an implant dentist.