Does dental implant surgery hurt?

There are numerous benefits associated with dental implants as a form of tooth replacement. However, because dental implants can only be achieved via “surgery”, people tend to dread getting dental implants due to the perceived feeling of pain one may receive and thus, choose to avoid this procedure. It is normal to have anxiety and worry about an upcoming surgery, but it should not become a huge obstacle that prevents you from pursuing a perfect smile. Everyone deserves an opportunity to be confident in their smiles, as such this article is written to address some misconceptions about the pain.

First, the process of getting dental implants is not universal, each patient can have their own unique experience. For instance, when you are missing teeth, the surrounding bone will begin to deteriorate. To successfully get a dental implant, you need to have enough bone to support the implant. If your tooth does not have sufficient bone surrounding it, you will be required to undergo a bone graft. Most patients who receive bone grafts are completely pain-free and do just fine if they take the antibiotics. Since bone healing will take time, the process will likely take several months.

In addition, your dentist will likely take numerous precautions to ensure that the surgery is conducted smoothly. One important step is the use of local anaesthesia. Your dentist will not begin the procedure until the tooth area is completely numb. With numbed nerves, you can expect not to feel any pain during your dental implant procedure. You may feel pressure at times, but it should not cause you discomfort. For patients you have anxiety with dental procedures, oral sedation is also available. Most patients who have received dental implants report very minimal pain during the procedure.

Once the implant is fixed to your jaw, the dentist may need to stitch up your gums to let them heal. This is to close an open wound to prevent an infection from occurring. Antibiotics may be prescribed to you after your surgery to help fight infection as well. Pain medication may be prescribed to you alongside the antibiotics which can help lessen some of the discomfort you may experience. Nevertheless, the amount of discomfort may be much lesser as compared to during the surgery and this will continue to lessen as your mouth gets accustomed to the new implant and recovers.

In conclusion, it really depends on the individual experience as everyone has different pain tolerance, with some claiming that it is less painful than a tooth extraction. Your dentist will also make sure that you feel as minimal pain as possible so that this would help make their job easier. Hence, do not put off a dental implant procedure if you really need one, feel free to contact us at 1728 Dental Practice for more information on dental implants.


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