Each year, millions of people go without receiving critical dental care because of the fear of enduring pain. That means for those living with missing teeth, they’ll miss out on the many benefits of receiving dental implant surgery. Are their fears of visiting a dentist warranted? Is getting implants a painful process? The best way to get to the bottom of this is to ask an experienced dental professional. As you continue reading, find out what the answer is!
How the Dental Implant Process Works
Before delving into the comfortability of the dental implant insertion process, let’s first take a look at how it works. It involves your dentist making an incision into the gums to gain access to the underlying bone. A small hole is drilled into the latter that allows the dentist to attach a cylinder-shaped titanium post that functions like a tooth root.
Over a period of three-to-six months, the implant will fuse with the existing bone to create a sturdy foundation through a process called osseointegration. When this part of the process concludes, your dentist will then add an abutment, which is another titanium component that allows a final restoration to be securely attached to the implant.
Will This be Painful?
Although it may seem that such an involved procedure would be painful, the reality is that with the advances in dental technology, techniques, anesthesia and sedation dentistry, you won’t have to endure any more discomfort than is customary with having a cavity filled.
Before any work is done, your dentist will make sure the treatment area is completely numb by applying local anesthesia. For patients who are more resistant to numbing medications, who struggle with feeling confined in a dental chair or who suffer from dental fear or uneasiness, sedation dentistry provides for a calm and relaxed visit. Depending on the severity of the situation, the dentist can administer one of the following:
- Nitrous Oxide – Also known as laughing gas, helps to create a more jovial mood
- Oral Conscious Sedation – Delivered in pill form, is usually taken before arriving for care to help patients relax
- V. Sedation – A fast-acting sedative used for more acute cases of phobia and to accommodate complex forms of care
What to Expect Post-Surgery
While you’re healing from the initial dental implant insertion, it’s not uncommon for there to be some swelling, slight bleeding and discomfort for the first 10 days. Usually, this can be managed by applying ice to the outside of the jaw and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen.
Again, you don’t have to settle for agonizing pain to have your missing teeth replaced with dental implants. With the skilled hands of a trained implant dentist, you can have your smile and life restored to normal without suffering. To learn more about the process, contact your dentist to request a visit today!
About the Author
Dr. John L. Hagerty is a graduate of the University of Michigan Dental School. He has since gone on to provide over 25 years of quality service to the Lansing area. Along the way, Dr. Hagerty has undergone countless hours of continuing education courses to ensure he is able to provide the absolute best in care to his patients. He reconstructs smiles with dental implants at Lansing Elite Dental, and he can be reached for more information through his website.