Dental implant surgery can be life-altering for those who are missing any teeth, having a positive effect by restoring function and the appearance of your smile. But what about the pain associated with dental implant surgery?
Will I be in pain during dental implant surgery?
Typically you should not experience pain during the actual procedure.
Why shouldn't I feel any pain?
Due to the process being surgical in nature the dentist will begin by applying a local anesthesia. As there is a needle involved you may at times feel pressure but the nerves will be numbed and should be unable to transmit the pain response. Some patients may find needles or dental procedures extremely stressful or anxiety-inducing, in which case sedation options are available to make the procedure less stressful.
What can I expect during dental implant surgery?
As previously mentioned, the dentist will be sure to administer a local anesthetic to numb the area where the implant is being surgically installed. Once we've established that the area is acceptably numb to pain, a space is created in your gums and jaw bone for the titanium post that holds the implant in place. Many dentists use computerized 3D modeling to create and place the implant.
Lastly, the post is inserted and secured. Your dentist will place a cap that will ensure safety throughout the healing process.
What can I expect throughout recovery?
Most patients are pleasantly surprised by the ease of the procedure and how little it affects their daily life during the process. You should be able to return to your regular life a few days to a week after the procedure. You still may experience some post-surgical discomfort for a little while afterward. If so, we usually recommend over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, to help make recovery comfortable.
What happens when my dental implant is crowned?
On average you can expect the implant to take around four months to be fully healed. Once the implant has fused to the bone it will be time to return to the dentist to have the implant fitted with a crown. The crown is what will give the implant a natural look, much like a real tooth.
Are you still unsure about the process of dental implants and whether they are right for you?
A dentist will be able to discuss your concerns with you and talk about these and other options that may be suitable for you.