Dental implants are a permanent solution that aims to fix the appearance of your smile. As a restorative option, dental implants are more than just a cosmetic treatment. Implants look and feel just like your natural teeth as they work to preserve your overall oral health.
As with any surgical procedure, some mild discomfort is to be expected. However, those who’ve undergone a dental implant procedure claim to have experienced little to no discomfort or pain as a result of or during the procedure.
Often times the application of a dental implant involves tooth extraction and incisions into the gum line. Local anesthesia is administered during this time, so patients report feeling very little discomfort during the process. However, some patients have stated that the actual process of extracting the tooth was more painful than the remaining stages of the procedure.
Your gums and the area of your mouth where the implant was placed may feel sore for some time after the surgery. Your dentist may recommend treating any residual pain with an over-the-counter pain medication.
If the pain worsens or you notice any symptoms of infection or nerve damage, see your dentist right away. Though rare, these can lead to complications:
Often minor in nature, these problems can easily be treated with a visit to your dentist.
If you’re unsure of how to care for your dental implants, the usual rule of thumb is to treat them as you would your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss at least once, and keep up with your regular yearly dental appointments.
To ensure your gums remain healthy and your teeth strong, switch to an electric toothbrush for a more precise clean. Additionally, rinsing with an
antibacterial mouthwash designed to care for your gums can help keep infection and harmful bacteria away.
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