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Is Getting Dental Implants Painful?

February 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drchenet @ 6:59 am

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Dental implants are often recommended by dentists to patients who are missing teeth, because they offer a lot of benefits that other tooth replacement options do not. Dental implants feel incredibly realistic, and successfully stave off the bone loss that often accompanies dentures.

Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw, which leads some people to worry about pain associated with the procedure. If you’re interested in dental implants but are concerned about the prospect of discomfort, here’s a guide that may be able to put you at ease.

Is Getting Dental Implants Painful?

Pop culture would have you believe that dentists can’t, or are unwilling to, manage pain. That simply isn’t true! Dental anesthetics are incredibly sophisticated, capable of numbing a patient’s mouth completely within seconds.

Your dentist will make use of powerful anesthetics before your dental implant procedure, meaning that there isn’t any risk at all of having to deal with discomfort during the surgery. Odds are that you won’t be able to feel your mouth at all!

Is Aftercare Uncomfortable?

Once the surgery is complete and the anesthetics wear off, you may have to manage some discomfort for a few days. That said, your dentist will be happy to help you do that. If you’ve had multiple implants inserted, or your dentist anticipates the pain being severe, they’ll likely prescribe you a few days’ worth of painkillers to help you while you heal.

However, prescription painkillers aren’t usually even necessary. Over-the-counter pain relief should be plenty to keep you comfortable while your dental implant heals.

How Long Will Aftercare Take?

If you had a tooth extracted before getting your implant, the word “aftercare” may be pretty intimidating. Thankfully, dental implants heal considerably faster than an extraction, and are much less uncomfortable.

You should be through the discomfort after around 10 days. It may take a several months for the implant to fuse to the jaw completely, but most of this should happen under the surface of the gums, and shouldn’t be associated with any discomfort at all.

For the most part, you don’t have to let fear of pain stop you from getting dental implants. Your dentist will work hard to ensure that you’re comfortable every step of the way.

About Our Practice

At Dental Excellence Melbourne, we’re proud that we’re able to put patients at ease, regardless of how they typically feel about their dentists. When you step into our office, you’ll find that it feels like you found your new dental home! We have four qualified and compassionate dentists on staff, which means that we have the resources necessary to ensure that our patients get the care that they deserve.

If you have any questions about what getting dental implants entails, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (321) 255-0199.

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