June 3, 2023
If you’re familiar with dental implants, you’ve maybe heard that they’re considered the ultimate form of tooth replacement. Thanks to their unique placement method, these nifty posts are fully capable of restoring lost teeth in terms of look, feel, and functionality. However, some patients who need to replace their missing teeth feel a little hesitant to commit to dental implant surgery, often due to concerns about the process being painful. Luckily, you don’t have anything to worry about! Here’s more from your trusted dentist about the dental implant process and why it’s much more comfortable than you may expect.
Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?
Although it’s not unheard of to feel some pressure during the procedure, since your dentist will be numbing the area prior to placing your implants, you won’t experience any outright pain during the implant placement process. For patients with extreme anxiety, sedation options are available to dull the senses further, making treatment easier to carry out for all parties involved. After the implantation, it’s normal to experience some minor, fleeting discomfort, but most patients claim this pain is far less than something like a tooth extraction!
Tips for Ensuring a Pain- and Stress-Free Recovery
In fact, many patients also claim that their recovery period ends up going much smoother than anticipated. But in any case, it’s all about doing the little things correctly during your recuperation to ensure that there aren’t any setbacks. Consider the following tips:
- Above all else, follow any and all instructions provided by your oral surgeon. They’re the expert and the best resource for navigating you through this period. If they’d like you to return to their office for a checkup, be sure to do so!
- Take your over-the-counter and prescribed pain relievers as directed to assist with soreness.
- Rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water to kill bad bacteria and promote healing.
- Avoid hot, spicy, and crunchy foods for the first couple of weeks following the procedure.
- Also avoid bad oral habits such as smoking, using tobacco, or frequently drinking alcohol.
- Cold compresses and ice packs can be used to help with associated facial swelling.
Assuming you do things correctly, the recovery period (which usually lasts four to six months or so) should move quickly with little to no complications. But in any and all cases, you shouldn’t expect to feel any absolute pain during this process, meaning that it shouldn’t deter you from treatment!
About the Practice
The talented team at Lancaster Family Smiles is excited to provide patients and families in the Lancaster, TX community with an exceptional and personalized level of dental care. Under the leadership of Dr. Mahima Gupta, the practice is pleased to offer a wide range of treatment options including restorative solutions like dental implants. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to schedule a consultation to see if you might benefit from dental implants, feel free to contact the practice through their website or over the phone for further information. Telephone: (469) 729-7707.
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