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Dental Implants: What to Expect

Dental Implants: What to Expect

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 expertise in oral and maxillofacial surgery, CaliDental’s team helps their patients in Lompoc,California 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 our dentists place one or more dental implants, they use a local anesthetic so you can be awake and aware, but you don’t feel pain during the surgery. However, if you would prefer to be asleep during your implant treatment our team is able to provide you with I.V. Sedation or General Anesthesia. Either way, you can rest assured that the local anesthetic will make the particular area of your mouth numb so you won’t feel pain during your procedure.

What happens during dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery usually takes place in two or more stages. First, our dentists will remove your damaged tooth (or teeth) and prepare your jawbone for implant placement. If your teeth are already missing, they may need to prepare the area first, which sometimes involves bone grafting.

If you need a bone graft the good news is that the graft material is available in various forms ready for placement, and strict regulations make this a very safe procedure.  There are other options for grafting that our team can discuss with you along with whether or not you will even need one.

Typically, the first step in dental implant surgery is when our dentist places the metal post (or implant) into your healthy jaw. The post is usually made of titanium since this material easily fuses to your bone 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 (implant), either.

Once the implant and your bone heal, or fuse together (a process called osseointegration, that can take a few weeks to a few months), they will check your implant to verify it is ready to have the crown (or cap) placed. Then your general dentist will place the crown on your implant. Many patients feel that their implants look, feel and function as well or better than their natural teeth.

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 may also help 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 our providers at Calidental have an extensive background in dental implants and other surgical procedures. We make every effort to carefully place dental implants as meticulously and as simple as possible to help minimize any 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 Lompoc location. 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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