A placed dental implant

Have you been considering replacing your missing teeth with dental implants?

They’re one of the most popular types of dental restorations because they’re a permanent solution.

You may already know that implants fuse with your jawbone to act as your new tooth’s root.

But you might be wondering:

“Does it hurt to get dental implants?”

In this blog, we’ll answer that very question and break down:

  • How they work
  • How long it takes them to heal
  • And if they’re worth it

Do dental implants hurt?

You shouldn’t experience any pain during the dental implant procedure because your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your mouth.

Afterward, you may experience some discomfort at or around the implant site.

On average, this may last three to seven days. But most patients report their discomfort subsided between the third or fifth day following the surgery.

However:

Everyone heals differently, so it’ll vary.

You may take over-the-counter medications like Ibuprofen or Tylenol® to keep symptoms at bay.

How do dental implants work?

Thanks to new dental technology, the dental implant process is simple.

To determine that you’re a good candidate for a dental implant, your dentist will:

  • Examine your mouth and the condition of your jaw
  • Take x-rays
  • Make impressions
  • Match the color of your teeth so your implant will look natural

During your procedure, your dentist will ensure that you’re completely comfortable and informed about the process.

If you have a tooth that needs replacing, your dentist will remove it before the procedure.

They’ll administer the anesthesia to prevent pain. You may still feel slight pressure but it shouldn’t hurt.

Your dentist will strategically place the implant.

After your implant has healed, they’ll place an abutment on top of it. The abutment is a piece that’ll connect your implant to your restoration.

An implant can be used with a crown, bridge, or denture.

Then finally, your smile will be restored!

How long do dental implants take to heal?

It typically will take between six to eight months for you to heal. This time allows the implant post to fully fuse with your jawbone.

However:

The overall timeline may take longer if you had any pre-existing conditions or needed additional procedures such as soft tissue grafts.

Are dental implants worth it?

Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth.

According to the American Dental Association… This text opens a new tab to the ADA website…, more than five million implants are placed each year by dentists in the United States.

And:

They have more than a 98% success rate!

Patients often rave about how dental implants renewed their chewing function and their smile’s appearance!

It’ll look and feel as if you never lost a tooth in the first place.

Plus:

A dental implant can last a lifetime if you maintain stellar oral hygiene habits.

For the best results, you should floss daily, brush twice a day, and visit your dentist every six months for follow-ups.

Considering dental implants?

Our expert Kirkland dentist at Brookside Dental would be glad to meet you!

Dr. Corie Vitkovic has advanced training in implant dentistry. She’s determined to put a confident, functioning smile back on your face.

Her approach is based on open communication. She’ll discuss all your treatment options, and together, you’ll develop a plan that’s focused on your long-term oral health.

To see if you’re a candidate for a dental implant, schedule a consultation.

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