As a dentist I often hear many worries and myths about dental implant procedures, many of which surround one common question, “are dental implants painful?”
Many patients often feel nervous or anxious when considering dental implants, unsure about pain, treatment and costs, which is why I’ve created this blog to help answer some frequently asked questions about the procedure.
Patients lose teeth for many reasons, from too much sugar to difficult genetics, sometimes it is just a fact of life, but missing teeth can and whenever possible should be replaced. The loss of one tooth can often have consequences for surrounding teeth.
What are Dental Implants, and how do they work?
Dental Implants are often made of titanium and are created with an inner screw called an ‘abutment’. This is the part of the implant that will hold your new tooth.
Losing a tooth in adult life can make life challenging for patients, insecurities about smiling and talking, difficulties eating and even a loss of confidence can cause many patients to avoid socialising.
Dental implants are a great and effective way to replace a missing tooth. Once you have lost a tooth, your dentist will need to create a hold for your new porcelain, silver or gold cap. By placing an implant directly into your jawbone, your dentist will then be able to attach your new tooth to the implant.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Approximately 10,000 lower jaw implant procedures are performed each year in the UK.
In most cases, procedures inserting a single implant usually take less than an hour.
In addition to this, all implant procedures are completed under a local anaesthetic, which means apart from the initial discomfort from the anaesthetic injection, receiving your implant will be pain-free!
Post-operation pain is not usually any different than any other dental procedure, just as with tooth extractions.
As with any invasive dental treatment, there are risks attached to the implant procedure. That’s why at Bright and White Dental we are incredibly vigilant and transparent with all procedures.
Our team will first qualify that an implant is suitable for you, with strict guidelines for qualification we ensure every patient is prepared and capable of receiving an implant.
By first making sure that your jawbone is strong enough for the implant, we drastically reduce the danger of damaging the bone.
As with all dental procedures, you may feel slight discomfort for one to two weeks after the surgery.
We as a practice put patient welfare first, if you are a nervous patient or tend to feel anxious in our comfortable dental chairs, just let us know, we can slow down, take a moment and wait for the distress to move.
Key Facts About Dental Implants.
- Dental Implants won’t budge or move, giving you the same security your teeth provide.
- Implants can last as long as natural teeth.
- The procedure is carried out under anaesthetics
- Implants are embedded into your jawbone, preserving your facial structure.
- Implants don’t rely on other teeth
- The perfect replacement for missing teeth as they improve eating and speaking abilities.
- You can pay for the procedure over an extended period with 0% interest*.
Dental implants have the potential to outlive natural teeth if they are subject to regular check-ups and a consistent hygiene routine.