Getting dental implants can be one of the most predictable ways to replace your missing teeth. Their reliability and integrity is unlike any other type of prosthesis or restoration available in modern dentistry. After all, they can last for an entire lifetime.
Unfortunately, looking at a picture of a dental implant may seem a bit scary to some people. Although it’s designed to serve as a prosthetic tooth, most of our patients have the fear that it’s going to hurt having the implant installed. Will it?
Why it Doesn’t Hurt to Get Implants
Surprisingly, there are no nerve endings inside of your bone, where the dental implant is going to be set in place. The only discomfort that comes is when any incision is made into your gum tissue to install the implant. Fortunately – this is very easy to manage!
Numbing the area of your implant site with local anesthesia is typically all that is necessary. However, some of our Wellesley dental patients prefer laughing gas to help them relax, or even a prescription anti-anxiety medication taken at the time of their procedure. Helping you relax is our job!
Your New Tooth
Once your implant is installed, there is little to no discomfort at the site of your surgery. Some tenderness is normal, but this typically diminishes within a few days. Prescription pain relievers are almost never necessary. Rinsing with warm salt water and taking an anti-inflammatory, over the counter medication such as ibuprofen is typically adequate.
Getting a dental implant is one of the best things you can do if you have missing teeth. Most of our patients find the process to be very simple, and wish they had done it sooner. To find out if implants are right for you, call Wellesley Dental Arts today.