Does dental implant surgery hurt?
The short answer is, it shouldn't.
OK, so what's the long answer?
The longer answer is that we begin the procedure by applying local anesthesia. There will be a needle involved, and during the procedure, you may feel pressure – but the nerves will be numbed and unable to transmit much if any pain response. If needles or dental procedures cause you anxiety, sedation options are available to help make the procedure less stressful.
What's involved in dental implant surgery?
As explained above, the first step is administering a local anesthetic to numb the area where the 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 jawbone for the titanium post that holds the implant in place. Our dentists in River Point, Prince George use computerized 3D modelling 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.
Will it hurt after the procedure? How long will it take me to recover?
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 normal day-to-day life anywhere from a few days to a week after the procedure.
You still may experience some post-surgical discomfort for a little while afterwards but over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, is typically strong enough to help relieve discomfort as you continue to heal.
What happens after my dental implant surgery?
It will take around four months for a new dental implant to fuse to the bone. Once this has happened, it will be time to return to your dentist's office to have the crown attached to the dental implant. The crown is the artificial tooth that will give the implant the appearance of a natural tooth.