If you have a tooth, or teeth which need replacing you may be thinking about having dental implants fitted as a solution. Yes, you can opt for dentures, but dental implants are often a better choice. This is because they look better as well as being more stable. They act in much the same way as natural teeth so you are able to smile and eat any food you like without having to worry.
There are people for whom dental implants are not an option. It’s a good idea to speak to your dentist about whether you can have dental implants fitted. Once you have been confirmed as a suitable candidate you may be concerned about what to expect from the process and whether any pain is involved. Let’s take a look at some basic information about dental implants that could help put your mind at rest.
What happens during the dental implant procedure?
The first thing to say about having dental implants fitted is that it is not a quick process. The gum is cut open and a metal screw is placed into the jawbone to act as a replacement for the root of the original tooth. This is the first part of the process and the gum is sutured and allowed to heal after this work has been carried out. As part of the healing process the bone also grows over the implant.
Once this healing is complete an addition is placed on top of the original screw; this acts as the base for the new tooth to be fitted. Of course, this involves making a further incision into the gum. It generally takes between three and nine months for the procedure to be completed. During this time a temporary crown can be fitted to enable you to eat and smile with no problem.
How much does the process hurt?
The aim of this article is to explain that the dental implant procedure does not hurt as much as you might expect it to. The incisions and drilling are generally carried out under a local anaesthetic so you are awake the whole time. You should only experience a very mild level of discomfort at worst. If you are concerned about this you may want to discuss sedation options with your dentist.
After the incision and drilling you are likely to experience some aching around the lower half of your face for a few days. You will be advised to take Ibuprofen to reduce the pain and any swelling which may be present. You may also want to use an ice pack for the swelling. For the first 10-14 days after this part of the process you should stick to eating soft foods and you should rinse your mouth with salt water to assist the healing process.
If you have missing teeth then having dental implants fitted may be a good choice for you. The procedure is not pain free but it’s no more uncomfortable than any major dental procedure. You should concentrate on the fact that the end result is great looking and high functioning teeth to replace the ones you have lost.