i-Implant Dentistry
Dr. Saad Bassas, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Surgical Procedures

How can we help you?

Dr. Saad Bassas and the team at i-Implant Dentistry expect that many of our patients will have a number of questions about the treatment they receive. Patient education is important to us, and we are happy to take the time to share our knowledge with patients.  Making the right decisions about treatment options is important, and when our patients have the right information, they can make the best choices. We want you to know that you’ll never feel rushed when you are in our office, and we are always happy to take the time to answer questions and address concerns.

There are a lot of questions we hear often from our patients, and we’ve listed some of these below for you to take a look at. But if you don’t see your question answered here, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We don’t want you to feel uncertainty about your treatment options. Dr. Bassas is happy to take all the time needed to make sure his patients are making the most informed decisions possible. We are here for you!

Surgical Procedures

Stay Relaxed with IV Sedation

Millions of people who avoid or skip dental visits do so because of anxiety. Some just don’t like the experience of being in a dental office, while others feel downright dread that prevents them from following through with dental care.

At i-Implant Dentistry, we have seen the oral health consequences that anxious patients deal with because of the lack of timely dental care. For this reason, Dr. Bassas offers patients the comfort and calming effects of IV sedation at our Roseville and Sartell dental offices.

IV (intravenous) sedation dentistry will finally allow you to let go of your worries and get the essential dental care you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Dr. Bassas has the advanced training necessary to deliver safe IV sedation and experience in helping hundreds of our patients get the care they need through the years.

Since this type of sedation is administered intravenously (into the vein), the effects are nearly instantaneous. You will be in a semi-conscious state, so you will remain awake enough to communicate with your dental team. But you will have a pain-free procedure and only vague memories—if any—of the details of your appointment.

IV sedation at our Roseville and Sartell dental offices works well for many people, not just those who suffer from dental anxiety. Anyone who wants a more comfortable experience at the dentist may be a good candidate for IV sedation.

Please let us know if you're interested in IV sedation during your next appointment. 

family smiling after tooth extraction exam in roseville mnNo one likes to hear that they may need a tooth extraction, but at i-Implant Dentistry, we make the process comfortable and stress-free. An extraction may even relieve you of any pain or discomfort you may have. If you need a tooth extraction in Sartell or Roseville, we will explain the process to you, so you know what to expect.

What the Process Looks Like

Once your dentist has determined that a tooth extraction is necessary for your oral well-being, he will go through your medical history to ensure there are no underlying conditions to consider.

Your dentist will numb the area at the gum line using a local anesthesia. Once the tooth is extracted, your dentist will apply gauze into the socket and may use self-dissolving stitches if needed. To reduce swelling, put ice over the area for ten minutes at a time. 

At-Home Extraction Care

Our i-Implant Dentistry dental staff will give you aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing. It is always recommended to avoid hard foods and eat soft foods like soup, yogurt, or smoothies. Rest your head on a pillow to reduce any bleeding. 

Give us a call if pain and discomfort are constant. If you experience nausea or vomiting, give us a call right away. 

man with questions about a sinus lift in sartell mnDental Implants in Sartell, MN.

In some cases, patients who wish to get dental implants do not have enough bone height in their upper jaw, and a sinus lift is designed to add bone to that area of the mouth. The sinus membrane needs to be moved upward—lifted—to make room for the new bone.

What You Can Expect During Post-Op Healing

If you’ve recently undergone a tooth extraction or other surgical procedure, your body needs time to heal and recover. During this process, you must heed the medical advice of your Roseville, MN dentists to keep your mouth healthy.

After dental surgery, you can expect:

  • Mild-to-moderate pain and soreness. You can manage this pain with over-the-counter painkillers or prescription medications as recommended by your dentists
  • Minimal postoperative bleeding for the first few days 
  • To follow a soft diet during the days immediately following surgery. Stick to choices like applesauce and yogurt to avoid placing pressure on your mouth

Additionally, after an oral surgery or tooth extraction in Sartell, you should:

  • Stop smoking, at least temporarily if you can’t quit entirely
  • Get plenty of rest, avoid physical activity, and plan to take a day or two off work to recover
  • Avoid brushing or flossing around the surgical site

As with any surgical procedure, remember to take it easy and give your body the time it needs to heal and return to normal. Don’t push yourself or try to do too much at once. 

Straightforward and Painless Oral Surgical Recovery 

At i-Implant Dentistry, we want your surgical recovery process to be as painless and straightforward as possible. If you have questions about oral surgery recovery or are worried your mouth isn’t healing correctly, please don’t hesitate to call us at (320) 331-3000.

women smiling after getting teeth extracted in roseville mnCommon Reasons One Might Need an Extraction

An extraction is a process of removing a tooth, down to the root. Your i-Implant Dentistry dentist will always do what they can to save your tooth, but there are times when a tooth extraction is necessary for your oral health. Some of the main reasons an extraction might be recommended include:

  • Severe tooth decay that cannot be fixed with a filling, crown, or root canal
  • A broken tooth near the gum line
  • A loose tooth which cannot be saved
  • A baby tooth that never came out and may be blocking adult teeth from coming in
  • To prepare for orthodontic treatment
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Call to Schedule Your Implant Appointment 

Your dentists in Sartell and Roseville prioritize saving a tooth if possible. If a tooth extraction is necessary, patients can expect a painless and easy process. At i-Implant Dentistry, we are highly trained and experienced in dental extractions, and will guide you through proper aftercare for healing. If you think you might need an extraction, give us a call to make an appointment

Bone Grafting Options in Sartell, MN

Are you living with one or more missing teeth?

A tooth implant is one of the best solutions for restoring your smile; however, if you've suffered bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease or a missing tooth, your dentist may have told you that you weren't a good candidate for an implant. Dental implants need plenty of healthy bone to support and stabilize them, and Dr. Bassas provides surgical services like bone grafting that can restore your lost bone so you can successfully support a new tooth implant. 

Using either donor bone, synthetic bone, or your own bone, Dr. Bassas can build up your jawbone with material that naturally integrates with your bone and can safely support a dental implant. The procedure is straightforward and we can often complete the process during a tooth extraction here in our Sartell, MN dental office.

Replace a Missing Tooth with Dental Implants! 

If someone has told you in the past that dental implants are not the right procedure to replace your lost tooth, we encourage you to schedule an evaluation at i-Implant Dentistry with Dr. Saad Bassas to learn more about how a bone grafting procedure in Sartell can make a tooth implant a possibility for your smile. Call us at (320) 331-3000 to schedule your appointment.

When Do You Need IV Sedation Dentistry?

Anxiety is the most common reason our Roseville and Sartell patients have for choosing IV sedation dentistry. But many patients can benefit from the relaxing effects of IV sedation, including those who:

  • Want a pain-free dental experience
  • Hate needles
  • Have trouble getting numb
  • Have tooth sensitivity
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Dislike the sounds or smells of a dental office
  • Want to “go to sleep” for their procedure
  • Need to have wisdom teeth extracted
  • Need extensive dental treatment at one appointment
  • Had a traumatic experience with the dentist in the past
  • Have jaw joint pain (TMJ) and can’t open their mouth for long periods

Because your safety is our priority, we will first review your medical history to ensure that you are a good candidate for IV sedation. Dr. Bassas has extensive experience with providing safe IV sedation, and he and our dental team will monitor you throughout your appointment.

Keep Calm with IV Sedation 

If you can’t remember the last time you relaxed during a dental procedure, or you’ve neglected your oral health because of anxiety, call i-Implant Dentistry. IV sedation will give you the confidence and peace of mind you need to have a comfortable, stress-free experience and ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy.

Many patients wonder if extracting wisdom teeth in Sartell, MN is really necessary, and the answer is that in most cases – yes. Here's why:

Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars that arrive at the very back of your mouth behind your second molars. Most people don't have enough space in their mouths to support these extra teeth, which sometimes results in crowding and shifting of neighboring teeth.

Sometimes wisdom teeth remain stuck below the gum line (impacted) and don't come in at all. While this would seem like a good thing, it can result in an infection, so it's still best to have them removed.

Wisdom teeth can be hard to keep clean with brushing and flossing since they are so hard to reach. If you can't remove plaque and bacteria buildup efficiently, it increases your chances of developing problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Contact Us Today to Schedule Your Tooth Extraction Appointment

Dr. Bassas and Dr. Chong are both highly skilled at tooth extractions and will ensure that your procedure goes smoothly if you are having wisdom teeth removed. Your dentist will guide you through the extraction procedure from start to finish and even support you throughout your recovery process. Contact i-Implant Dentistry today for more information about tooth extractions in Sartell, MN.

Surgical Procedures in Sartell, MN.woman during root canal therapy in sartell mn

Nobody wants to have a tooth extracted, and as your dentist in Sartell, MN, i-Implant Dentistry understands that nobody likes to face the thought of oral surgery either. But if you have to have one or more wisdom teeth extracted, oral surgery usually makes the most sense, and here’s why.

It can be tricky to remove wisdom teeth, also known as third molars. Although our ancestors needed these teeth for chewing thousands of years ago, we no longer need these teeth for our modern diets.

Are all procedures the same?

When wisdom teeth are fully erupted, meaning they have appeared above the gumline, you might not need oral surgery to have them extracted. But often wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning that they haven’t fully come through the gumline or they are not visible above the gumline at all. Wisdom teeth have strong roots that run deep, and they are often resistant to removal. For the best possible outcome, it is usually advised to have these wisdom teeth surgically removed by an oral surgeon who can put you completely under anesthesia during the procedure.

We will provide you with full instructions after the procedure to promote quick and painless healing in the days following the surgery. Because wisdom teeth are not replaced after extraction, you will not have to be concerned about tooth replacement. 

Contact our office today if you have more questions! 

Beat Dental Anxiety with IV Sedation Dentistry 

Dr. Bassas is a caring dentist who understands that most patients become anxious at the prospect of oral surgery. Because we want you to have a calm and relaxing experience with us, we offer different levels of sedation dentistry to match your unique needs.

IV or intravenous sedation used at our Roseville and Sartell dental offices offers a deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide, which is a gas you inhale, and oral sedation, where you take a sedative before your appointment. You will feel very drowsy and may drift off, but IV sedation doesn’t put you into a deep sleep as general anesthesia does.

This semi-conscious state is often referred to as twilight sleep because you will remain awake and able to respond to our team, but you won’t feel any pain, and you may not remember much or any of what happened during your procedure. And both these effects are the whole point of sedation in the first place!

When you choose IV sedation for your dental procedure at i-Implant Dentistry, you couldn’t be in better hands. Dr. Bassas is a skilled oral surgeon who has specialized training in IV sedation and is licensed to safely deliver it to our patients. Many of our patients opt for IV sedation for procedures like tooth extractions—including wisdom teeth—implant dentistry, and bone grafting procedures.

Call our Sartell or Roseville Dental Office for More IV Sedation Info

If you have oral surgery or another procedure scheduled with us, we will be happy to talk to you about IV sedation as well as our other very effective sedation methods. Please call our Roseville or Sartell dental office to schedule an appointment to get started.

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