If you have lost one, several or all of your teeth because of tooth decay, gum disease, old age or injury, then you already know that replacing them is essential for your oral and overall wellbeing. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants provide a strong and permanent solution for missing teeth. However, not all patients who are considering dental implants are familiar with the technology behind them, and therefore, often wonder if they are painful.
At All Smiles Dental in Bromley, dental implants are our treatment of choice for patients who have lost some or all of their natural teeth. Generally, dental implant surgery is not painful, but as with every oral surgery, we realise that some patients may be more nervous than others. That’s why we have our very own in-house anaesthetist, Dr Mano. If you opt for sedation and you are afraid of needles, you can take advantage of our unique Wand system to administer your anaesthetic without the ‘bee sting’ effect of regular needles.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone in order to replace missing teeth. Since they are made of titanium, which is compatible with body tissues, they integrate with the surrounding bone over a period of time and become a permanent part of the mouth. Once healed, dental implants are topped by crowns, bridges or dentures. Dental implants are an effective, safe and viable solution for patients who want to restore their natural bite and beautiful smile.
But what about pain?
At our practice, dental implant surgery is performed under local or general anaesthesia, therefore, the procedure itself is not painful. For patients who are nervous, in particular, we offer intravenous sedation in order to avoid unnecessary discomfort.
Intravenous sedation will help you relax during the procedure, but you will still be able to communicate with your dentist. Most patients report that dental implant surgery is no more painful than a simple extraction or root canal treatment. After all, your mouth will be numb throughout the procedure.
Once the anaesthesia wears off, you may feel a bit uncomfortable, but your dentist will provide you with comprehensive post-surgery guidelines on how to alleviate discomfort.
For more information, contact us today.