Most patients will be familiar with the dental anaesthetics used for routine dentistry and will know how effective they are. Implants are placed using the same anaesthesia. Depending upon the complexity of your case, the procedure might take anything from 20 minutes for a single implant, to several hours for complex bone augmentation and multiple implant placements. After surgery you can expect some minor swelling and occasionally bruising. For most patients, any of the over-the-counter/basic painkillers that you might take for a headache will be adequate for a few days. If you experience more discomfort than this, contact us so our dentists can prescribe a stronger medication.
Healing is generally straightforward and during the first few days you should report any unexpected levels of pain or swelling so that they can be assessed. If in doubt always ask for advice, as early detection of a problem will often lead to a simpler solution. You may also be asked to take a course of antibiotics and to follow some simple procedures such as rinsing with salt water or an antiseptic mouth rinse. It is important that you carry out these instructions.