When you’re tired of dealing with dentures or bridges, dental implants might be a great alternative. Because they attach directly to your jaw bone, they generally feel much more natural and comfortable than other appliances. But if the thought of that makes you worry about the pain it might cause, put your mind at ease. Dental implants are relatively painless.
Dr. Harry Ashitey at Aesthetic Dentistry and Implant Center in Corinth, Texas can help you overcome your fear of dental implant pain. Through advanced technology in our state-of-the art facility, he expertly transforms your teeth into a secure, permanent, beautiful smile. Dr. Ashitey believes that the more you know, the better you’ll feel about dental implants, so he offers these important facts about the preparation, process, and pain level involved when you get dental implants.
A little uncomfortable, not much pain
Most of our patients happily report that they experienced only a little discomfort, but not really any pain when they got their dental implants. Keep in mind that dental implants require a surgical procedure, but for most people, it’s completely tolerable, and they consider the long-term results of having the next best thing to your natural teeth completely worth it.
During the procedure, Dr. Ashitey uses a local anesthetic to numb your mouth so you won’t feel any pain. The procedure is a lot like getting a cavity filled; it’s relatively easy and painless.
Dental implants: Step by step
The dental implant process is a multistep process. It starts with X-rays or a 3D scan of your mouth so Dr. Ashitey can closely examine the health of your jawbone and gum tissue. This preparation step is completely pain free.
In order to get an exact fit for your mouth, Dr. Ashitey next makes impressions using a tray filled with special soft substance. The rubber-like material may feel a little odd, but it’s over rather quickly, and it’s certainly not painful.
Removing the tooth
If you have a decayed or damaged tooth that needs to be extracted before you can get your new implant, Dr. Ashiteyremoves it while you’re under local or general anesthesia, so you won’t feel pain during this step, either. If the tooth you’re having replaced with the dental implant is already missing, then you don’t have to worry about this step at all.
Placing the post
Once Dr. Ashitey prepares your mouth for your new implant, he creates a hole in your jawbone where the new “root” of your tooth — a titanium post — gets implanted. Again, thanks to a local anesthetic, you shouldn’t feel anything at all during this step. As your jawbone heals, it fuses to the titanium root.
In this next step. Dr. Ashitey attaches the abutment to your new titanium root. The abutment serves as a connector between the root and crown — the visible tooth that connects to your dental implant.
Crowning your abutment
Once your mouth has healed and Dr. Ashitey determines that you have a strong foundation for your new tooth, he places your permanent, custom-made crown. The crown attaches to the abutment and you have a brand-new, functioning, beautiful tooth that can last a lifetime.
Now that you know the truth about dental implant pain
Knowing the details of the dental implant process should help you overcome your fear of the procedure. To be fair, however, when the numbness wears off after the extraction, implant, and abutment procedures, you may feel some discomfort. If you’d like, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers, and you can expect the pain subsides after a few days.
After each step of the dental implant procedure, you’re free to return to your daily activities if you feel up to it, but Dr. Ashitey recommends taking it easy until the anesthesia wears off. Stock up on soft foods and be careful not to brush the area too harshly so your delicate gum tissue can heal. Our caring staff makes sure you leave with all the necessary instructions to help you have an easy recovery.
Don’t put off replacing missing teeth because you fear possible pain. If you have concerns about pain during any part of the implant process, we’re here to answer all your questions. Call us at our office in Lewisville today or click the “Request Now” button to schedule a consultation soon.