• Is Getting a Dental Implant Painful?

    on Oct 30th, 2018

The staff at Sunrise Dental has several decades of combined experience in installing dental implants. One of the most common questions we hear is, “Is getting a dental implant painful?” Getting a dental implant sometimes involves multiple procedures, which are done in stages. The procedures alone are pain-free, due to modern dental practices and anesthetic. However, patients can experience some minor pain and discomfort at times during the lengthy healing process in between procedures. Here's a closer look at the full dental implant process, so you'll know what to expect.

What to Expect

Here are the steps for a dental implant if the patient requires a bone graft in their jaw. Keep in mind that the process will be shorter for patients who have sufficient jawbone structure to hold the implant.

If bone grafting is required, the entire process can be very, and a lot of time is devoted to healing.

Potential Discomfort After Dental Implant Procedures

The installation of dental implants is an outpatient surgery. You can expect some minor pain or discomfort afterwards, which is typical in many similar procedures:

If pain intensifies for any reason in the first few days after any of the procedures, you may need some prescription pain medications or antibiotics to help the healing process. You may need to stick to a diet of soft foods after each stage of the procedure to speed up healing. A dental implant procedure may involve dissolvable stitches.

Tips for Success With Dental Implants

The staff at Sunrise Dental in Spokane has so much experience with dental implants that the procedure is routine for us. Almost every patient has a high rate of success with this procedure. Here is one word of caution that we provide to all patients: If you smoke, stop! Smoking can cause a bone graft to fail during the dental implant procedure. If this happens, the implant will have to be removed, the site will be cleaned up, and you will have to wait several months before attempting it again.

Here are some additional tips to ensure that your dental implants and the rest of your natural teeth will last as long as possible:

The modern version of dental implants has been around since the 1950s, and we work to make the procedure as pain-free as possible for you. When the process is complete, you will be glad you went through it, because dental implants provide many benefits over dentures and other types of replacement teeth. If you think you might be a good candidate for dental implants, book an appointment online to come in for a visit as Sunrise Dental!

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