You’ve heard that the dental implant process is the “gold standard” for tooth replacement; thus, you’re considering it to restore your smile, functionality and confidence. You’re concerned about how painful the procedure will be, though. So before you move forward, you want to know how you can make your dental implant placement as painless as possible. Read on to get the answer!
How the Dental Implant Process Works
A dental implant is a titanium post that mimics the natural function of a tooth root by being attached to the underlying jawbone. The procedure starts with your dentist applying anesthesia to numb the treatment area. Then, an incision is made into the gums to gain access to the bone beneath it.
The dental implant is inserted, and over time, it’s secured through a process called osseointegration. After a period of healing, an abutment (anchor) is added, which allows a final restoration to be securely placed.
Will You Experience Pain?
While there have been several breakthroughs in the dental implant process that make it far more comfortable than in times past, there will still be a measure of discomfort after the procedure is completed. The normal duration is around 10 days post-surgery, and it’s not uncommon for there to be three-to-five days of swelling.
The good news is these symptoms are manageable. Usually, your dentist will prescribe pain medication to provide a measure of comfort.
How You Can Manage Your Pain
To prevent any unnecessary discomfort and to encourage the healing process, there are some simple steps you can take. For starters, you can apply an icepack or frozen vegetables to reduce any swelling. Depending on your dentist’s instructions, you can possibly take up to 600 mg of ibuprofen, and it never hurts to get plenty of rest.
Finally, to prevent any unnecessary damage to the treatment site, for the first few days after the surgery, stick to consuming cold, soft foods like smoothies, ice cream and yogurt.
The Importance of Proper Care
After two weeks, the pain should subside. However, there are certain lifestyle practices that can hinder the healing process and cause continued discomfort. Here’s what you should avoid:
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Failing to practice consistent and proper oral hygiene
- Attempting to bite into hard items like nuts, popcorn kernels or ice
Receiving dental implants is like getting a new lease on life. With the expert care of your cosmetic dentist, you’ll experience the joys of having a functional yet dazzling smile that leaves you feeling more confident. The process starts by simply reaching out to schedule a full examination and consultation today. Your new life awaits you!
About the Author
Dr. John Hackbarth earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental School at Houston, and for over 40 years, he’s remained committed to providing only the highest quality of dental care. Thus, he has taken numerous hours of continuing education. Dr. Hackbarth utilizes his advanced training and years of experience to successfully place dental implants at Dental Cosmetic Center, and he can be reached for more information through his website.