Dental implants are one of the best treatment solutions for missing teeth and are used in dental restoration. Some people have them following dental trauma, others after a failed root canal treatment or instead of a bridge. They are more comfortable than wearing dentures, fixed into the mouth and last much longer than other forms of tooth replacement.
But is it painful to get dental implants? That’s a question most people ask when considering any kind of dental treatment, and it’s completely natural to wonder about pain control. Here’s what you need to know about getting dental implants, including the process and if they’re painful or not.
Process of Dental Implants
The process of getting dental implants involves:
The first stage of dental implant treatment is to plan the procedure and discuss your requirements with a consultation. This involves assessing your teeth, your jawbone and your bite. Your medical and dental history is taken along with measurements required for the dental implant. Our dentists will often take the necessary radiographs, Cone beam CT scan as well as photos and 3D scans. The dentist will go over all the treatment options available and whether a dental implant is the best solution for you. It is also an excellent time to ask questions to clarify your concerns about the procedure and aftercare.
Inserting The Implants
The procedure begins with your dentist administering local anaesthetic to numb the area so you don’t feel pain. Next, an incision is made in the gum, and the dentist then drills a small hole into the area where the dental implant will go. The implant is then fitted into the jawbone and left for a few months, so bone grows around them.
Once the implant is in place, you have a few months of recovery time. Our dentist will review you during the next month to check on the progress of the dental implant. Once it’s deemed stable, the process of constructing the crown (artificial tooth) could begin.
After the dentist has made an artificial tooth or crown, these are screwed or cemented into the dental implant so it looks like a healthy tooth. You look after this new tooth the same way you do with any other teeth – brushing and flossing daily, as well as regular dental checkups.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
There is some minor discomfort when the implants are being fitted. However, you are given a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Being as relaxed as possible is also essential, as this reduces stress and anxiety.
Following a dental implant, you may experience bruising and soreness around the site. Sometimes bleeding from gums occurs, and you may feel pain but this is rare. Usually, any discomfort is eased with a mild painkiller.
Dental Implants Pain Management
Pain management during and after dental implants should be discussed with your dentist at the planning stage. This helps the dental team plan your care, especially if you are nervous and gives time for you to learn techniques such as mindfulness or relaxation so you can stay calm during the procedure. Most people who have dental implants cope well with a local anaesthetic. However, if you are very anxious, talk to your dentist about sedation.
You also need to make sure you have painkillers at home so you can take them regularly to keep any discomfort under control. You will need to eat soft food until the area heals and is stable. If your pain is not controlled with painkillers, contact your dentist without delay.
Dental implants are an ideal solution for people looking for a fixed and lasting solution for broken or missing teeth. Our caring dental team can talk you through the entire process to alleviate your fears and allow you to understand the steps involved. If you are thinking of having dental implants, call us today to book a consultation.