What are Dental Implants?
A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth made out of titanium that is placed in the jaw bone. There are three parts to an implant. First, a post is placed is the bone. Second, an abutment is placed allowing a place for thecrown/bridge/denture will be attached. After the tissue has completely healed, a crown, bridge or denture can be placed.
The artificial tooth or teeth are made of porcelain and will be customized to look natural to your smile.
Are dental implants painful to have done?
Pain is a common concern for patients planning to get dental implants. Dental implantsurgery is performed with either local or general anesthesia, the procedure itself is not painful. The implant is surgically placed while your mouth is numb.
Many patients find that they experience a mild level of pain following dental implant surgery, which is why the dentist may prescribe a pain reliever to alleviate discomfort. Over- the- counter relievers are also available.
There are several factors that can affect the amount of discomfort felt after dental implant surgery. If your surgery is particularly complex, or requires bone grafting, sinus surgery, or other additional treatments, you can expect some level of discomfort post-surgery. Patients have found pain lasting anywhere from 2 to 6 days.
What is recovery like after having a dental implant placed?
Recovery after dental implant surgery depends on many factors. Everyone heals at their own rate. If you experience pain two to three weeks post-surgery, contact your dentist. If you are concerned whether the side effects you experience are normal, contact your Oakton Family Dentist.
Following post-procedure instructions carefully after treatment can help reduce pain after your implant procedure. These instructions will include:
- Taking a painkiller as needed following the procedure to reduce discomfort. 600mg every eight hours of Ibuprofen is the standard recommendation. If you still experience pain, let your dentist know so they can make other recommendations.
- Placing an icepack on the cheek or lip as soon as you get home can help reduce swelling. Continue icing for the first 24 hours.
- Rinse with warm salt water 2-3 times a day to help with inflammation and the healing process.
- Avoid hard foods that can irritate the surgical site. Soft foods, such as smoothies, yogurt, eggs, jello, and icecream are recommended.
- Get plenty of rest. Strenuous activity can slow down the healing process and should be avoided a week after surgery.
At Oakton Family Dentistry, we strive to make each dental procedure as painless as possible. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your dental treatment.
Call us for your free dental implant consultation 571-318-6202