You might be surprised by how often we get asked this question. No, not just from patients in the dental chair or even people who call our office inquiring about our services. Believe it or not, we get asked this question everywhere we go. From weekend barbecues to networking events, everyone wants to know, “Are dental implants painful?”
It’s a very fair question, and while we usually limit our weekend barbecue answer to, “It really varies from person to person, but it’s not nearly as bad as you’d guess,” we think it’s important to explain a little further here.
The dental implant procedure itself is not painful.
Here at Dental Implant Experts in San Diego, we use sedation dentistry to put our patients in a deep state of relaxation and painlessness during the procedure. It’s a little different than general anesthesia, which puts patients all the way “under.” We do that in certain cases, too, but most of our patients are more than comfortable with sedation dentistry, which leaves them conscious and drifting in and out of sleep. So even with the most complex cases, the dental implant procedure itself does not hurt.
After the dental implant procedure, most patients do experience some discomfort.
A dental implant is a surgical procedure. And as with most surgical procedures there is some pain in the healing and recovery process. But it’s not unbearable, even for those with a low pain tolerance. With the right post-procedural care, the discomfort fades some with each passing day.
Factors that can minimize the pain from a dental implant procedure
Your chosen dentist’s training and experience
An extensively trained and experienced dentist will provide the most skilled procedure, decreasing the likelihood of painful complications.
Adherence to post-procedure instructions
Following your dentist’s post-operative instructions is the best way to minimize pain and avoid complications.
Pain relief medication
If the over-the-counter pain medication your dentist recommends for your recovery isn’t quite enough, ask for a stronger prescription.
Gentle care during oral maintenance routine
Try to brush, floss, and rinse more gently than usual following your dental implant procedure.
Consumption of soft foods
Crunchy or hard foods may irritate your mouth or cause additional discomfort for a few days after your procedure. Try sticking with cold, soft foods like ice cream and yogurt.
You may be able to minimize the length of time your body requires to heal by allowing yourself to rest and take it easy in the days after your dental implant procedure.
Trust us. We know what we’re doing.
At Dental Implant Experts in San Diego, we are highly skilled and experienced. In fact, we’ve performed thousands of implant procedures in San Diego and Southern California. When it comes to choosing a dentist to perform your implant procedure, that’s the level of experience you should be looking for. For more information on our team members, dental implants, or Hybrid4 Fixed Bridge Solutions, browse our website or give us a call today.