Dental implants are one of the most effective and long-lasting solutions for missing teeth. They have become increasingly popular over the years, and it's not hard to see why. Unlike dentures, implants are permanently fixed in your mouth, providing stability and durability for decades. However, many people still have reservations about undergoing the procedure due to fear of pain. In this blog post, we will discuss whether implant treatment hurts at Drrez Dental and what patients can expect during the procedure.
What is Implant Treatment?
Implant treatment is a dental procedure that involves replacing missing teeth with artificial teeth that are surgically placed into the jawbone. The artificial teeth, or dental implants, are made of titanium and are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The process involves three main stages: implant placement, healing, and restoration.
During the first stage, the dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. The implant is then left to heal and integrate with the bone over several months. Once the implant has fully integrated with the bone, a small connector called an abutment is placed on top of the implant. Finally, a crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the abutment, completing the restoration.
Does Implant Treatment Hurt?
The short answer is no, implant treatment should not hurt. At Drrez Dental, we make sure our patients are comfortable and relaxed during the entire procedure. We use the latest dental technology and anesthesia techniques to ensure that the procedure is pain-free.
Before the procedure, we will thoroughly explain the process and answer any questions you may have. We will also take a full medical history to ensure that you are a good candidate for implant treatment. This includes assessing your bone density and overall oral health.
During the procedure, we use local anesthesia to numb the area around the implant. This will prevent any pain during the procedure. In some cases, we may also use sedation to help you relax and feel more comfortable. This can include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, or IV sedation.
After the procedure, patients may experience some discomfort or swelling in the area for a few days. This is normal and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. In some cases, we may prescribe stronger pain medication.
Overall, while implant treatment may not be the most pleasant experience, it should not be painful. Patients who are anxious about the procedure can talk to us about sedation options or other methods to help them feel more comfortable.
Advantages of Implant Treatment
Implant treatment has many advantages over other tooth replacement options. Here are some of the benefits of dental implants:
Durability: Implants are designed to last for decades, making them one of the most durable tooth replacement options available.
Stability: Implants are permanently fixed in your mouth, providing stability and preventing slippage or movement.
Functionality: Implants are designed to function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Aesthetics: Implants are custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable.
Bone Preservation: Implants stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss, preserving the natural contours of your face and jaw.
Improved Oral Health: Implants do not require the removal of healthy tooth structure, unlike other tooth replacement options.
Been a Dr. Rez patient for around 4 years now. From initially needing a lot of work done to now just regular check ups and cleaning. I can confidently say it's been one of my best decisions. From being a very nervous patient to now quite enjoying my appointment (relatively anyway ha). Currently my therapist is Lilly, very ably assisted by Mel and they couldn't be more encouraging, thoughtful and nice. I get great advice and couldn't feel better looked after. Couldn't recommend more.