Are Dental Implants Painful?
Pain is something we often associate (maybe unfairly) with the dentist. Most of the time, we don’t think about going to the dentist until something is wrong, and everybody has heard their fair share of horror stories. Root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, getting a filling—sometimes these things hurt, but as dentists we do our best to make each procedure as comfortable as possible.
What about dental implants—do they hurt? Like any procedure that involves a small form of surgery, there’s a possibility for pain. However, dentists take great care to ensure that each patient experiences the least amount of pain possible.
Individuals who come to our Salt Lake City office seeking a solution for a missing tooth or teeth are all given an individual treatment plan. This plan is tailored to meet each individual’s specific needs.
The first step of the dental implant process involves placing the titanium tooth root implant in the bone socket of the missing tooth. The use of titanium in this process is one of the recent technological advances that make dental implants so great. Titanium is a biocompatible metal that can actually fuse with the jawbone, which keeps the jawbone from receding and keeps the implant very strong. Osteointergration, as this process is known, is one of the many advantages to dental implants.
Once the implant is securely bonded to the jawbone, usually after a period of six to twelve weeks the abutment is attached to the titanium post. We then make a crown that matches the shape of your missing tooth and the color of your other teeth. After the crown is attached to the abutment, it will look and function just like a normal tooth.
Most patients who have undergone the procedure say there is only mild discomfort during the procedure. Local anesthesia is used to dull the pain as much as possible and many compare the discomfort to that of a tooth extraction. Any pain experienced after the procedure is typically mild enough that it can be controlled with ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain medication.