Making the decision to invest in dental implants can be a game-changer — especially if you have been missing teeth for a while. After all, because they are actually implanted into your jawbone, they function, feel, and look just like the real thing.
However, due to the nature of the procedure, many patients are under the impression that getting dental implants is painful and invasive.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
The good news is that no, dental implants are not painful. The procedure is minimally invasive with a post or screw being placed in the jaw and left to fuse with the bone. Once it does, it will become strong enough to act as an anchor for whatever it is supporting, such as a single dental crown, a bridge, or dentures.
Local anesthesia is used to numb the surgical site so that you won’t feel any pain. And, once the procedure is complete, recovery time is rather quick. Most patients do not even typically require pain medication. Just in case of any minor discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers are usually all that is required.
Sedation and Dental Implant Surgery
For most patients, the local anesthesia used to numb the site is all that is needed. If you feel that you will need to be sedated in order to feel more relaxed for the procedure, then there are options available.
Two of the best choices for sedation during dental implant surgery include nitrous oxide and conscious oral sedation.
For those who struggle with dental procedures, sedation can bring more comfort. And, knowing that the patient is comfortable always allows the dentist to get through the procedure as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Keep in mind that sedation is not needed to provide pain relief. It is simply used as a means of reducing anxiety in order to give you a better overall dental experience.
Does the Implant Hurt Once in the Jaw?
A dental implant doesn’t hurt before or during the procedure —- and it doesn’t hurt afterward either. There are no nerves located within the jaw bone, so once the implant is placed, it can easily hang tight while it undergoes osseointegration and fuses with the bone without causing you any pain or discomfort.
As it heals, you may feel some minor soreness at the surgical site. When the abutment and dental crown are attached, you may be able to feel some pressure when biting down. This will not be much different than when biting down with your natural teeth.
Can Pain Come from Complications with Dental Implants?
While dental implants can come with complications, they are very, very rare. Before moving forward with the procedure, your dentist should confirm you are an ideal candidate for the treatment and give you everything you need for a successful recovery. For instance, you will need to have good oral health and no underlying medical conditions.
What’s more, being selective about the dental professional you choose to place your dental implants is vital. You want to be sure that skill, precision, and experience are your dentist’s top qualities.
Dental Implants with Dr. Chui
At San Francisco Dental Wellness, Dr. Chui and his team of dental professionals have successfully placed dental implants for many patients. We personalize each treatment, providing sedation when necessary to enhance the overall experience. Dr. Chui is also the clinical director at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and provides effective treatment to veterans suffering from complex TMJ disorders.