It is with these numbers telling the situation for what it is that we can say that recent years have experienced a massive spike in the number of dental implants that are placed. Despite its growing popularity, people still do not look forward to going to the dentist.
Whether you have had a painful experience with a tooth in the past or just have dental anxiety, you will be glad to know that you are not alone. Sedation dentistry (aka sleep dentistry) is one of the most common reasons that patients come to our dental office instead of going somewhere else. It is a form of dentistry that allows the dentist to provide sedation for a more comfortable experience.
As for whether getting dental implants hurts or not, in most cases nothing is felt except for a little bit after the procedure is over with when the sedation wears off. There are times where this not the case though, hence why we didn’t have a chance to provide a direct answer.
A Quick Rundown on Dental Implant Surgery
The recovery time and soreness that you experience after dental implant surgery also depends on whether you have to undergo sinus lift surgery, or even bone grafting when more bone is needed to be able to properly install and bond your dental implants.
Once you have visited with your dentist the first time and gotten the extractions out of the way, you will be ready to commence the dental implant placement procedure. Here is what pain has to do with it…
Pain During the Dental Implant Surgery
In most cases, you won’t even be able to feel a thing as your dentist will have administered sedative medicine so that the experience is as painless as possible. Depending on the method of sedation, you might not even be fully awake during the procedure (like it is with sleep dentistry treatment).
Your dentist will make you aware of what will be used before you undergo the procedure but have someone with you so that they can drive you home safely since you’ll have to let the sedation wear off.
How Pain Can Be Managed While Getting Implants
There are 4 different ways that dentists sedate patients receiving dental implants. They are:
Local Anesthetic for Dental Implant Procedures
This is usually the first thing that is used, as it is a shot in your gums that will numb the area in which it was administered. A lot of dentists use it to ease patients into the procedure taking place before they administer a strong form of sedation, like the next 2 sedation methods.
IV Sedation for Dental Implant Procedures
When someone has dental anxiety or the procedure is one of the more extensive dental procedures, an IV can be used to deliver a stronger sedative. Can be used in combination with laughing gas if necessary and puts one to sleep so they have no recollection of the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) for Dental Implant Procedures
This is one of the most common forms of sedation dentistry today, and it is administered through a mask that fits on your face over your nose. Mixed with oxygen, laughing gas is known for providing an altered state of mind and eliminates pain at a variety of levels.
Oral Sedation (AKA Conscious Sedation Drugs) for Dental Implant Procedures
Depending on the kind of oral sedative that is used, it will make you tired (stronger sedatives put you to sleep while others allow you to be awake without feeling anything). This is often for the least-extensive dental procedures, as it provides a minimal amount of sedation to patients.
Pain Experienced After Dental Implant Surgery
You just decked out your grill with new teeth, but the pain…
It has you second-guessing the decision you made to get dental implants, and you are worried that it could be a sign of something far worse. Will it ever go away? Should it be something of concern?
Let’s go ahead and take you there…to the destination of dental education.
Are there any ways to help minimize pain after dental implant surgery?
Bleeding from the gums, bruising, uncomfortable feeling on your cheeks, chin, or under your eyes, and pain where your new dental implant is. It’s enough to make anyone wonder whether it is going to be alright or if they should seek the help of a dental pro to repair the implant.
Don’t go jumping to conclusions just yet though, take a painkiller (such as Ibuprofen or the prescription your dentist provided you with) to see if it will help ease the pain up for you. Also, in cases where your gums/jaw seems to be swollen, use an icepack in intervals of 15 minutes as needed to help get the swelling down. This could be necessary for 10-14 days, give or take.
How long after getting dental implants does pain usually last for?
Just a few days for most, but it depends upon the level of depth that was embraced during your dental implant surgery procedure. There have been patients who still experienced pain a week after they went through surgery. If at any time you feel it is unusual, seek help from a dentist.
What should I do if the pain only seems to get worse or it refuses to go away?
Call your dentist immediately if you experience an event where the pain continues to stick around despite embracing pain management methods at home, worsens as time goes on, or if you experience fever in combination with the pain. If it is after hours, they may have a different number to call should you need to have an emergency dental visit that can’t wait.
Affordable Dental Implants in Houston You Can Count On
As Dr. Jasmine Naderi nears her 20th year in service as a full-service dentist serving the Houston community and surrounding areas, she has received much recognition from magazines to legal organizations for her level of care. The 5-star rating on both Facebook and Google can be proof should you want to see it for yourself. One of her main areas of expertise is dental implants, plus on the last trip around the industry gathering prices, we were the most affordable dental clinic for implants in the area.
While a dentist with this level of abilities and expertise would normally try to charge as much as possible, one thing Dr. Naderi has not ever done it put herself above what is best for her patients. This includes when it comes to hiking the rates in her Houston dental offices versus letting it be and providing a true service without price-gouging practices being embraced. Let’s talk about painless and affordable dental implants at our Houston dental office, the number is (281) 762-0637. We hope to hear from you soon!