One of the most common questions about dental implants is what they feel like and whether they hurt. Completely understandably, dental implant placement can seem like a scary procedure to undertake for some people, but it is less traumatic than you would think. Some patients will prepare themselves for the worst, and we find these patients are pleasantly surprised after their procedure. Let’s look at how we place dental implants and discover whether they hurt.
How are dental implants fitted?
Once you’ve had your initial consultation and we’re certain you’re a good candidate for dental implants, we’ll begin planning your treatment journey with you. To start with, we’ll extract any failing teeth that may hinder your treatment. This is performed under local anaesthetic with only minor swelling to follow, so nothing scary! We’ll then begin to plan the steps of your minor surgery, which is the implant placement itself. Because this is a minor surgery, only local anaesthetic is necessary, so you will be conscious throughout. Dental implant fitting is done in stages, so we don’t overwhelm you or your mouth, the first stage being to drill into the jaw bone to place the titanium root. After this root has healed properly, you’ll be invited back to have the crown fitted, the part that looks like the tooth. Dental implant roots can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months to fuse with your bone, so your implant dentist will take this slowly and time your procedures around your healing.
So, we know how to fit a tooth implant, but do they hurt?
Do dental implants hurt?
The procedure itself shouldn’t hurt, as you’ll be administered with a local anaesthetic to ensure it remains as comfortable as possible. You might feel some strange sensations, but these should only liken to discomfort at most. After your placement, however, there will be so discomfort as you begin to heal around the root. Typically, you could experience this for up to 10 days after surgery, with swelling that should subside after around 3-5 days. After two weeks, the pain should have subsided completely.
Dental implants aftercare – how to manage discomfort
After the first 24 hours of receiving your dental implant, rinse your mouth with salt water 2-3 times a day. Take a spoon of salt and mix it into lukewarm water to perform your own DIY antibacterial mouthwash. It may sting a little, but it helps to disinfect your mouth and protect against lingering bacteria. Remember to be gentle with yourself, though, and rinse slowly so you don’t irritate your tissues too much! A cold compress is a historically soothing treatment for sprained ankles, but they’re also great for managing the pain of dental implant placement. Wrap ice cubes in a tea towel, grab an icepack, or even a bag of frozen peas from the freeze and press it to the cheek over your sensitive area.
How do I clean my dental implant?
Cleaning your dental implant is as easy as brush, floss, rinse, repeat. Just like your natural teeth! Even the first night after your minor surgery, brushing your teeth and dental implant is important. Granted, you should switch your regular toothbrush for a soft-bristled brush and be very gentle and mindful of your treated area. Continue to brush and floss very sensitively, but we’ll provide you with all the knowledge you need on how often depending on your particular case.
We think we’ve covered some pretty common questions about dental implants that a lot of patients worry about, but if there’s anything that you’re unsure of or would like to know more about dental implants in Sleaford then enquire online or speak to a member of our team on 01529 304 136 today!