Will my dental implants hurt?

I got into a bike accident and busted a tooth off. When I went into the dentist to talk about my options, he said a dental implant was best. I don’t really care about the cost as much as I want to know if it will hurt? I have been through getting my wisdom teeth out and had to get a tooth pulled in the past. Those procedures sucked! Will getting a dental implant hurt worse than that?

– Keith in Nebraska

Keith,

Ouch, sorry to hear about your bike accident. To answer your question, getting a dental implant will not hurt. In fact, during the surgical phase you will be put out or sedated most likely, so you won’t remember anything. For comparison sake, typically a tooth extraction is the most traumatic dental procedure within dentistry.

Here’s what you can expect. The oral surgeon or implant dentist will perform the surgery to implant the titanium post into your jawbone. Then, the bone forms around the implant in a period of healing that usually take between 6-12 months depending on your case. It will feel different while chewing with the temporary implant but it should not cause you pain.

Then, after the healing has taken place and the implant is strong enough to support the permanent restoration, a porcelain crown will be placed directly on the post. The final dental implant will look just like your normal teeth. You should be able to eat normally and you should not have pain. In fact, the worst part was probably when you broke it in your fall. So you shouldn’t worry about the pain. And if you are particularly afraid, be open with your dentist. They should be able to provide sedation dentistry options to help keep you at ease throughout the entire process. Rest assured, a dental implant truly is the best solution to replace a missing tooth.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

 

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