If you are missing one or more teeth, chances are you've discussed replacement options with your Dentist in Kitchener. Dental Implants are expensive, but they are becoming more and more popular each year. One obstacle to treatment acceptance with dental implants is that patients have concerns about their comfort during the healing process. "Is it a painful procedure?" is one of the most common questions I field as a Dentist in Kitchener. In fact, patients tend to ask about pain associated with implant placement more commonly than they ask about costs!
So let me answer this question as we chat about dental implant therapy!
Dental Implant placement is not typically painful. What do I mean, "not typically"? Sometimes, a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon will perform bone grafting or gum re-contouring ("gingivectomy") during implant placement. These additional procedures can cause some mild post-operative discomfort. Whether your treatment is delivered by a Periodontist or Dentist in Kitchener, you will be prescribed post-operative pain management medication. Typically, this would include anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen.
After your Dentist or Periodontist places the implant, they will close your gums over top for healing. Typically, 3 months later, they will need to expose the implant. This is also not a painful procedure and post-operative healing may involve a regimen of mild anti-inflammatory medication for 1-2 days.
Final restoration of your implant with a crown is a completely painless procedure. Post-operative discomfort is very uncommon.
So, while it's pretty reasonable that people would expect surgical implant placement to be associated with post-operative pain, it is uncommon. Additionally, your Periodontist or Kitchener Dentist can prescribe a medication to keep you entirely comfortable during healing. So, don't let fears about pain deter you from pursuing implant treatment if you feel it's right for you.
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This article is meant to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Accordingly, always seek the advice of your Kitchener Dentist or other healthcare provider regarding a dental condition or treatment.