Do Dental Implants Hurt?

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Dental implants are an amazing solution to tooth loss, but when you begin to dig into what they are and the process of getting them, they can become a daunting thought. And like with any type of surgery for any area of the body, there are lots of horror stories out there. However, dental implants can come with minimal discomfort and here’s why. 

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium fixtures that use a screw system to attach an anchor to the jaw bone and then a crown or bridge onto them; this gives a long-term, permanent solution to tooth loss. The crown or bridge will be made to look and feel exactly like your natural teeth, so no need to worry about how they’ll look when you’re flashing your smile in the next family photo. 

Why are they so popular? 
Dental implants in West Bridgford continue to rise in popularity, and this is linked to their overall look and feel and how adaptable they are to the patient's life. Unlike other forms of tooth replacement, you don’t need to take your dental implants out to clean them or eat. Then, of course, there’s the fact that they encourage bone growth naturally. 

Do they hurt? 
It would be untruthful to say that there won’t be some kind of discomfort when having your dental implants fitted and during the weeks of recovery that follow. However, how much discomfort occurs really does come down to the individual. Let's take a look at some different examples of dental implants to compare. 

Option one 
You’ve visited the dental practice, and you only need to replace one tooth and have enough bone density to have the implant fitted without a bone graft. 

Option two 
You’ve visited your dentist with one tooth needing replacement; however, you are going to need a bone graft. 

Option three 
You have multiple teeth missing but now need a bone graft. 

What does this mean? 
If you need to replace more teeth it is likely you will encounter discomfort on top of if you also need a bone graft this will only add to the discomfort. There is no one solution that fits all circumstances. It may be that you have a high pain threshold and you can manage the discomfort of a graft and multiple teeth replacements, If not however you may have to look for other solutions.Your dentist will give you pain medication and plenty of post-procedure advice and support to ensure a good recovery. 

What can you do to help? 
Firstly, if you are taking pain medication, make sure you adhere to the schedule. So many people could really help themselves more by correctly spacing their medication. Second, make sure you are being kind to yourself; don’t do too much too fast. Eat soft foods and avoid anything that is chewy or could get stuck in between your teeth. Keep cleaning the area carefully regularly; you really don’t want an infection since this will cause you problems.

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