There are a few reasons your dentist might recommend dental implant surgery, as it is designed to restore your smile's function and appearance after the loss of a tooth or teeth. Our Ottawa dentist answers common questions about any pain that might be associated with dental implant surgery.
Does dental implant surgery hurt?
The short answer is that it shouldn't.
OK, what's the long answer?
Our longer explanation is that we start the procedure by applying local anesthesia. While there is a needle involved and you may feel pressure during the procedure, the nerves will be numbed so you'll feel little if any pain response. In cases where needles or dental procedures trigger anxiety, sedation options are available to help patients navigate the procedure with less stress.
The Steps of Dental Implant Surgery
As explained above, the first step is administering a local anesthetic to numb the area where the dental implant is being surgically installed. Once we've established that the area is acceptably numb to pain, a space is created in your gums and jaw bone for the titanium post that holds the implant in place. Our Ottawa dentist uses computerized 3D modeling to create and place the implant.
Lastly, the post is inserted and secured. A cap is placed on top to keep it safe while it heals for the next few months.
How long does recovery take? Will it hurt after the procedure?
Many of our patients tell us they are surprised by how unintrusive they find the procedure to be. You should be able to return to your regular life a few days to a week after the procedure. You still may experience some post-surgical discomfort for a little while afterwards. If so, we usually recommend over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, to help make recovery comfortable.
Crowning your Dental Implant
It takes around four months for a new dental implant to fuse to the bone. Once this has happened, it will be time to return to our Ottawa dental practice to have your dental implant(s) crowned. The crown is what will give the implant a natural look, much like a real tooth.