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Jan
8

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth “root” that supports a fixed restoration, like a crown or bridge. It may not sound like the most comfortable treatment to have an implant set into the jaw, but it’s actually easier than most people assume!

Getting an implant is usually easier than having a tooth pulled.

During the Surgery

You’ll be glad to hear that you should feel virtually nothing during the implant procedure. It’s performed under local anesthesia, meaning that your gums, jaw, neighboring teeth, and even your tongue and face will be completely numb.

If you still don’t like the idea of feeling any pressure or hearing the sounds of the surgery, then you might want to have some sedation. Dental sedation will help you doze your way through treatment while remaining conscious. Afterwards, you likely won’t remember anything.

After Getting an Implant

You may have some mild post-procedural discomfort. After all, getting an implant is a mildly invasive surgery.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep your discomfort to a minimum and even head it off, altogether. After getting an implant, your dentist will give you some instructions such as:

  • Eat soft foods for a few days (yogurt, soup, ice cream, etc.)
  • Start taking medication soon after your procedure to reduce pain and swelling
  • Use an ice pack for the first 24 hours
  • Rinse gently with warm salt water to cleanse and soothe the surgical site

An implant is nowhere near as painful as you may fear! In a short amount of time, it heals up and you’ll have a strong and comfortable replacement tooth. Ask your dentist for more information on what to expect when you get an implant.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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