February 5, 2023
Dental implants are often recommended to replace missing teeth, owing to their realistic feel and incredible durability. One study found that 95% of dental implants last over 20 years with proper maintenance, outperforming other tooth replacement options by over a decade.
However, dental implants also require surgery, which can make some people worry whether the procedure is safe, or if it will be painful. If you’re in this position, here’s a guide that should tell you what you want to know.
Will Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?
When you get the dental implant surgery itself, your dentist can provide you with a wide variety of anesthetics. Your dentist will make use of some combination of local anesthetic and sedatives, meaning that the surgery itself won’t involve any pain at all.
Depending on the intensity of surgery, your dentist may also prescribe you painkillers to deal with any aches and pains afterward after the procedure. If not, you can always make use of over-the-counter pain relief to stay comfortable. All told, getting dental implants isn’t going to be all that uncomfortable.
How Do I Recover from Dental Implant Surgery?
As was mentioned previously, dental implants are incredibly durable. However, one of the most common points of failure is directly after the surgery. The titanium post will need to fuse to the jawbone, in a process known as osseointegration. The longer this healing process takes, the greater the chances of infection or implant failure.
To help this process along, you should be conscientious about your dental hygiene. Gently brush your dental implant, and floss around the area to stave off any potential infection. You should also avoid smoking or excessive alcohol use, as both of these things can impede the mouth’s healing process.
Once the discomfort fades and your mouth heals completely, you’ll be able to enjoy a quality of life that you may not have had for a long time. And if you maintain good dental hygiene, you should be able to enjoy that for a long time to come!
About the Author
Dr. Yana Nemtseva’s favorite thing about being a dentist is getting to form personal connections with her patients. She comes to work every day with the goal of helping everyone who visits her office leave happier and healthier. Dr. Nemtseva earned her DDS from the New York University College of Dentistry, then completed her residency at the Woodhull Medical and Mental Center in New York City.
If you have any questions about dental implant surgery, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (732) 972-6400.
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