One of the great things about living in the 21st century is that missing teeth can be a thing of the past. There are multiple different options to choose from when it comes to replacing your missing teeth. Dental implants have become a preferred method because of their numerous different benefits. If you are considering implants as a solution for your missing teeth, you are probably wondering how they will feel after the procedure. Continue reading to learn more.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental Implants are made from titanium and look like small screws. During the dental implant placement procedure, they are placed directly into the jawbone by a dentist. Over the next couple of months, the implant will fuse to the supporting bone in a process known as osseointegration. You will have a permanent crown placed on the end of the implant. This is customized to be the exact size, shape, and color needed to blend in with the rest of your smile. No one will even be able to tell that it isn’t your natural tooth.
After Surgery, What Do Implants Feel Like?
Immediately after you have your dental implant placement surgery, you will feel some soreness and notice swelling, but you won’t be able to feel the implant in the bone itself. You will be able to control the discomfort that you feel with over-the-counter pain relievers and any prescribed pain medication from your dentist. Discomfort after the procedure usually peaks at about 3 to 5 days before it subsides.
How Do Implants Feel After the Healing Process?
Dental implants are fused directly to your jawbone, just like the roots of your natural teeth. This way, they become a stable foundation for the crowns that they support. After the healing process is complete, your implants should feel no different from the natural teeth in your mouth.
Other tooth replacement options do not offer the same stability, and they need to be relined, repaired, and replaced periodically. One of the greatest benefits about dental implants is that they allow patients to regain 70% to 90% of their natural chewing power. Foods that you struggled with before will be easy to consume once your smile heals.
More than 3 million Americans are already benefitting from dental implants. Ask your dentist if you would make a good candidate for the procedure. You will have your smile back in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and completed a one-year residency in prosthodontics at the same university. He is currently involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Florida Prosthodontic Association, Florida Dental Association, and American Dental Association. For more information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation at his office in Orange Park, visit his website or call (904) 272-1588.