Dental implants are perfect for replacing missing teeth. They not only look natural, but they also feel natural. Dentists install implants surgically. This means that dental implants are not for those who cannot undergo dental surgery.
There is a lot of stress and anxiety about going to the dentist. One of the biggest concerns about dental implants is if they are painful. It is important to start by stating that good dental procedures should not be painful. However, it is not uncommon to feel some discomfort during dental procedures.
Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?
No, dental implant surgery is not painful. This is because dentists use local anesthesia during the process. This local anesthesia will ensure that you do not experience any pain during the process by numbing the area. However, you will experience some level of discomfort.
Will I Experience Pain After the Procedure?
It is inevitable to experience pain and discomfort after surgery. As the anesthesia wears off, the pain around the area where the implant is installed will become prevalent. The pain should not last more than a few days after surgery. Your dentist will provide a prescription for over-the-counter pain medication and other aftercare instructions.
What Does the Procedure Entail?
The procedure of installing dental implants has four major stages, that is; evaluation, removal of the damaged tooth, screw insertion, and insertion of the replacement tooth.
The dentist will begin by evaluating the state of both your tooth and jaw. The state of the jaw is of major concern. They have to assess if the jaw bone can maintain an implant. Depending on the type of implant that the dentist will recommend, your jaw may be drilled to insert the implant post or the implant post will be placed above the jaw without drilling. Then after a period, the artificial tooth will be installed.
How Many Appointments Will I Need?
Dental implant surgery is a rather lengthy procedure that can take anywhere from 3 to 15 months to complete. As stated before, there are multiple stages when installing implants. In addition, the type of implant and how many implants are required also play a role in how long the whole procedure will take.
Installing dental implants can seem lengthy and scary, but there is nothing to be afraid of. As stated before, your dentist will ensure that you do not experience any pain during the procedure as well as provide aftercare instructions to manage any pain.
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