Have you put off dental implants, because you are scared the treatment will be too painful? There’s a common misconception that dental implants are a painful procedure. On the contrary, dental implant treatments are actually fairly straightforward and can end up saving you a lot of pain in the long run.
Due to advancements in dentistry and implant technology, dental implants are becoming more and more routine and pain-free. At PGA Dentistry in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, we use the most advanced techniques, materials, and anesthesia for a comfortable treatment.
Dental implant surgery involves inserting a titanium implant into the gum line and bone, which sounds like it would be a painful experience. However, you’d be surprised to hear that inserting the dental implant into the gums is actually an easier process than extracting an infected tooth.
Before inserting the dental implant, we will use anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain at all. Not to mention, when inserting an implant into a bone, the bone does not have the ability to cause pain, since there are no nerves. At PGA Dentistry, we also offer sedatives, so you can feel more at ease and comfortable throughout the treatment.
At PGA Dentistry, we use CT Imaging Technology, so we have the best view of the implant site and your unique tooth loss case. Our CT Imaging technology allows us to provide a more precise treatment, which allows us to make incisions and place implants with minimal discomfort.
After your dental implant treatment, you might experience some minor discomfort, during the healing process. However, there are ways to minimize discomfort from the treatment. One of the easiest ways to alleviate discomfort is by gently rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.
We also might recommend mild painkillers, like Advil, Tylenol, or ibuprofen, for a short time following the treatment to treat discomfort. The best way to stay proactive on avoiding discomfort after treatment is by avoiding hard food and only consuming soft food and non-acidic drinks for about 10 days after treatment. For instance, you should avoid soda, wine, coffee, and other acidic foods that might inflame the healing area. Some of the best foods to eat after your implant treatment include smoothies, ice cream, and yogurt.
You should expect some minor swelling during the healing process, which can be relieved with a simple ice pack. Another way to avoid pain is by being careful while brushing after surgery and avoiding the implant site.
While most patients are able to go back to work a day or two after their dental implant treatment, you should try and avoid strenuous activities after your treatment, as well as get the right amount of sleep.
One of the easiest ways to a pain-free treatment is by choosing a dentist with advanced training. Just because a dentist offers lower cost treatments, does not mean they will use the best materials for a more pain-free dental implant treatment.
Leaving advanced dental issues and tooth loss untreated can end up causing much more pain in the long run than facing the problem head-on. Tooth loss leaves a gap in your smile for bacteria to fill, which can lead to more advanced infections and even more tooth loss.
Not to mention, chewing with a missing tooth causes uneven bite pressure that is incredibly uncomfortable. Call PGA Dentistry today for a convenient and effective dental implant treatment.