If you’ve lost a few teeth, dental implants are an excellent option to rehabilitate your smile. You’ll enjoy a solution that’s a nearly perfect replica of your natural teeth. Although you anticipate the benefits you’ll gain, it’s normal to be concerned about a painful journey ahead. While you’ll need oral surgery to place your posts into your jawbone, you don’t need to be concerned about an uncomfortable procedure. Here’s what you can expect when replacing your missing teeth with dental implants.
Pain During Your Dental Implant Surgery
The first step to treating your tooth loss involves placing at least 1 dental implant into your jawbone to serve as a new root. The number of posts needed varies depending on the number of teeth you’re treating. Your gum tissue will be opened to gain access to your jaw, where are small hole will be strategically drilled into it to place your post. Afterward, your gums are sutured closed, and you’ll begin the healing process. Although the surgery is invasive, you won’t feel anything because anesthesia or sedation are used to ensure you’re comfortable. In some cases, you may not even remember your appointment.
Pain During Your Recovery
As with any surgical treatment, you can expect there to be some discomfort after the sedative or anesthesia wears off. Many patients report the pain to be less than what’s experienced after a tooth extraction. It is rare for patients to have significant discomfort during their recovery.
Your dentist will recommend taking any prescribed or over-the-counter pain relievers as instructed to manage any discomfort while your mouth heals. You can also apply a cold compress to the outside of your face to decrease pain, swelling, and bruising. It’s best to stick to a soft diet to avoid pain or injury to the surgical sites. As your pain dissipates, you can resume your regular diet, but keep away from anything that’s overly hard or sticky. On average, it takes about 14 days for any soreness to completely resolve.
Pain After Your Recovery
Once your jawbone has fused to your implant posts through a process called osseointegration, and you’ve been fitted with your restoration, you shouldn’t experience any pain. Your dental implant should never hurt. If you develop any pain, swelling, or the implant feels loose, it can indicate a problem. You should contact your dentist right away to prevent dental implant failure.
Sit Back and Relax with Dental Implants
If the thought of pain during your dental implant surgery is giving you anxiety, discuss your concerns with your dentist. They’ll help calm your nerves, so you can sit back and relax while they rebuild a beautiful, functional smile.
About Dr. David Earnest
Dr. Earnest earned his dental degree at the University of Texas and has completed advanced training in implant dentistry. As a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he has the qualifications you can trust to treat your tooth loss. Contact our office today to see if dental implants are right for you.