Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

When most people think about the dentist, they think about pain, and while that belief may have held true many years ago, technology and technique have come a long way to eliminate unmanageable pain from nearly all dental procedures. With today’s state-of-the-art equipment and an expertise in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Randall D. Stastny, DMD of Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Inc., helps his patients in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas get the treatment they need to improve their oral health, while minimizing pain and discomfort.

So, if you’re wondering whether it hurts when you get dental implants, the short answer is no — you have nothing to fear. But, if you’re still skeptical, take a few moments to learn how this advanced, painless dental treatment can have you sporting a more confident smile with little discomfort.

Dental implants with no pain — no kidding?

In a word, yes. Because of two words: Local anesthetic. Typically, when Dr. Stastny installs one or more dental implants, he uses a local anesthetic so you’re awake and aware, but you don’t feel pain during the surgery. You can always request a mild sedative to help you relax if you’re nervous, but you can rest assured that the local anesthetic will make the particular area of your mouth numb so you won’t feel pain while you’re in the dentist’s chair.

What happens during dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery usually takes place in two or more stages. First, Dr. Stastny has to remove your damaged tooth (or teeth) and prepare your jawbone for surgery. If your teeth are missing, he simply prepares your jawbone, which sometimes involves bone grafting.

You only need a bone graft (an artificial piece of bone, or bone from another area of your body) if your jawbone isn’t thick enough, or it’s too soft to hold the metal post that will serve as the “root” of your implant.

Typically, the first step in dental implant surgery is when Dr. Stastny places the metal post into your healthy jawbone. The post is usually made of titanium since this material easily fuses to your jawbone below your gum line. Just like you can’t see the natural roots of your teeth, you won’t be able to see the metal posts, either.

Once your jaw heals and the post is fused to your jawbone — which can take a few months to fully integrate — Dr. Stastny places your new, artificial tooth. This artificial tooth, or crown,  matches the surrounding teeth in shape and color, and functions just like a natural tooth so you can chew, talk, and smile without worry.

During each of these stages of dental implant surgery, Dr. Stastney relies on the local anesthetic to minimize any pain or discomfort. He and his experienced dental team do everything they can to keep you comfortable throughout the process.

Will I feel pain when the anesthetic wears off?

As the local anesthetic wears off, you will probably have some discomfort, but it’s usually quite manageable with over-the-counter pain medication and anti-inflammatories. Icing the area also helps relieve any postoperative discomfort.

You may have tenderness in the area in your jaw surrounding your new implant, and potentially some swelling or mild bruising. But overall, this is minimal, temporary, and much easier to deal with than trying to eat or talk with missing teeth.

Experience makes a difference when it comes to any kind of oral surgery, and Dr. Stastny has an extensive background in dental implants and other surgical procedures. He makes every effort to carefully install dental implants as meticulously and as simply as possible, so he won’t cause you any unnecessary pain or discomfort.

If you have dentures, bridges, or missing teeth that make you feel less self-confident because it’s hard to chew and talk normally, dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. And, if the only thing keeping you away from improving your smile and your dental health is pain, then there’s nothing left to worry about.

Give us a call to learn more or schedule a dental implant consultation online for our Cincinnati office. We’ll take the time to answer all your questions and to find out if dental implants are the surgical procedure that works best for you.

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