Are Dental Implants Painful?

Dental implants are artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth. They function and feel just like natural teeth. They are permanently attached into the jawbone. You can use implants to replace one, a few or all of your missing teeth. Dental implants are generally stronger and more durable than bridges, and may be a permanent solution to your missing teeth. But just how painful are dental implants? For most people, the question of how much pain is involved, may be the deciding factor in getting the procedure. Dental implant procedure To answer this question, we need to look at what is involved when getting a dental implant procedure. Your dentist will start by developing a treatment plan for you by looking at your specific needs to determine the implant option that will work best for you. The next step in this procedure is installation of the root tooth, a small post made of titanium into your jaw. Local anesthesia is used during this step of the procedure ensuring you feel no pain. This tooth root is anchored in place securely as the jawbone heals around it. This healing process of the jaw may take up to 12 weeks. Once your jawbone has completely healed, and the tooth root is secured in place, a small connecting device called an abutment is added on the tooth root to hold the artificial tooth. Your dentist then proceeds to make your new tooth by making a model based on the impressions of your teeth. The model shows all your teeth, their type, and how they are arranged in your mouth. Your new tooth conforms to this model exactly. Your new artificial tooth called a crown is then connected to the abutment. Dental implants procedures have no pain People who already have dental implants say that there is very little pain involved. Local anesthesia is used during every step of the process ensuring you feel very little or no pain. If there is any discomfort, it can easily be handled with over the counter pain medication. Dental implants can last for a lifetime when you take good care of them. To maintain dental implants, brush and floss regularly just like you do your natural teeth. You also need to schedule regular dental check ups with your dentist every six months. Dr. Peter Hazim is very experienced with dental implants, and can develop the best treatment plan for you. Please call us at (972) 727-5599. We are conveniently located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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