Why Not to Fear Getting Dental Implants

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Odontophobia is one thing. But what if you also have tomophobia? We don’t intend to make light of dentistry-related phobias, of course. After all, being afraid of the dentist (odontophobia) and surgery (tomophobia) are common and — in many cases — reasonable fears. In our experience at Abba Dental, one of the root causes of dentistry-related fear is uncertainty and lack of information. This article aims to provide information about the process of receiving dental implants in Yaletown to help you overcome any normal and understandable anxiety. Nerves or normal! We want to ensure that those normal nerves don’t prevent you from getting the information you need about treatment options that could improve your life.

Implant Surgery is Precisely Planned

Dentists don’t undergo any procedure, making things up as they go along. That’s especially true about implant surgery, which is precisely guided by detailed computed tomography (CT) imaging to place implants in the exact location needed to provide the support you need without sacrificing or interfering with healthy and essential tissue. Every stage of the process — from the incision to the making of room for the implant to the placing of the implant to the provision of stitches — is planned to achieve what your health requires. Nothing is left to chance or guesswork.

Any Pain Will be Minimal

Can we promise there will be no pain or discomfort? No. We won’t make such an irresponsible process. The commitment we can and do make is that we will apply anesthetics tailored for you to ensure you experience no pain during the procedure. Any discomfort during your recovery can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications and by following the detailed aftercare instructions you’ll receive. If you are particularly concerned about pain or being relaxed enough to undergo surgery, ask our dentist in Downtown Vancouver about sedation dentistry options to help you reach the exact level of calm and relaxation you need.

Sedation dentistry options are not an off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all tool but are a menu of options that can be tailored to your precise medical history, level of anxiety and the treatment you’ll receive. The options available from our dentist near you include the following:

  • Fast-acting and quickly-dissipating nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • Oral sedation is achieved through a pill taken the night before or before your appointment
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation administered via a vein in your arm and monitored continuously by our dentist’s staff
  • General anesthesia in which you’ll be unconscious. The use of general anesthesia is unusual in all but the most complex and challenging situations. Where appropriate, though, procedures performed under general anesthesia are performed in a medical or surgical clinic under a doctor’s supervision (and not in a standard dental office).

You’ll Only Need To Do It Once

Once in place, a properly maintained dental implant can reasonably be expected to remain in position — firmly rooted into and fused to your jawbone — for the rest of your life. The abutments and crowns attached to dental implants near you occasionally need to be repaired and replaced, but even they will last for decades as long as you care for them properly.

Is undergoing dental implant surgery right for you? Implants are not the ideal solution for everyone, but our dentist is determined to ensure that fear and anxiety do not stand in the way of receiving the right treatment for you if that is what implants represent. If you’re investigating alternatives for replacing missing teeth but are plagued by fear and anxiety, contact our dentist near you and let them know how you’re feeling. They won’t be surprised, shocked or offended. They’ll be ready to answer your questions and develop solutions.

Now Open: Abba Dental Safety Measures

Dear Patients:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visit to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our Office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find hand sanitizer in reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patients, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office 604-688-7201 or request an appointment online https://www.abbadental.ca/

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty. We look forward to welcoming our patients, neighbors and friends back to the office.