Do Tooth Implants Hurt? – Getting the Facts

Missing teeth can be frustrating for a number of reasons. From eating, to talking, to smiling with confidence, a lack of teeth can often cause serious problems. Today, modern tooth implants are one of the best ways to overcome these problems permanently. They offer a number of benefits over dentures or bridges and are gradually becoming more affordable for many people. However, a large number of people who want dental implants choose not to have them installed because they’re afraid of any pain involved in the procedure. While it’s obvious that tooth implants will likely cause discomfort for a few days, knowing the truth will help you realize that you don’t have much to worry about. The fact is tooth implants hurt far less than most people expect them to. In most cases the degree of pain will depend on how many implants you have and the condition of your bones. Finding a skilled dentist to handle the procedure is the first step; actually taking a look at which dentists are highly praised can make a big difference in determining which ones left their patients with the smallest amount of pain after the procedure. Again, there’s no way to avoid the tenderness and swelling that occur with tooth implants. Root canals and similar procedures really aren’t any more painful than operations like wisdom tooth removal and in most cases are far less painful. In fact, most dentists don’t even prescribe prescription medicine to help with the pain, or if they do, they only prescribe a couple of days’ worth of medicine. Usually Advil or Tylenol is enough to control post-operation pain, which speaks volumes as to the procedure’s overall pain levels and recovery times. Just the use of IV sedation during the procedure can actually help reduce overall pain during recovery time. Though the more implants you have installed the more likely you are to have larger amounts of pain, even most people who have major implant procedure are very surprised at how little pain is involved. Don’t avoid tooth implant surgery just because you’re concerned about pain. It’s much more tolerable and easy to cope with than other dental surgeries and the few days of discomfort and tenderness are well worth the end result.

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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