When you think about something being implanted into the bone of your jaw, it might seem like a very uncomfortable procedure. A dental implant is a small screw made of biocompatible metal that is inserted into the bone where a tooth should be. Is this procedure uncomfortable? What is it like to have an implant?
During the Surgery
Placing an implant does not require a lot of surgery. The site is very small. The whole process happens quickly and with the help of local anesthesia so that you don’t feel a thing. Does the idea of surgery still freeze you up with anxiety? Many offices offer sedation techniques that help you to essentially “sleep” through treatment.
The Healing Process
Most patients are surprised at how easy the recovery process is after implant placement. Again, the surgical wound is very minimal so there isn’t much cause for discomfort. Post-surgical discomfort is easily relieved with whatever medication you would usually take for a headache. With a little rest, you’ll be back to normal in no time.
Life With an Implant
A dental implant doesn’t have the same ability to sense things as a natural tooth does. Even so, it is very strong and will allow you to bite and chew the foods you love. When the implant is fully healed and integrated into the bone, you won’t feel a thing. It becomes a part of your smile.
An implant could give you your smile back, forever changing the way you see your smile. It’s not the scary process you once thought it was! To find out if implant therapy is right for you, visit your local dentist for a consultation.
Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
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