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Update: March 28, 2024 | Author: Dr. Ronald Pham | Publish: February 7, 2024

How Do Dental Implants Feel?

Imagine biting into a crisp apple without hesitation. Or smiling wide for a photo without a second thought.

For years, Sarah couldn’t do either. Missing teeth and uncomfortable dentures robbed her of those simple joys. Until she discovered dental implants

How does it feel to have a dental implant

As a dental professional, I often talk to patients considering dental implants. They want to know, how they feel, how the process works, and if they’re a good candidate. Here’s a comprehensive guide to address those questions and more!

The Feel of Dental Implants?

  • Natural-looking smile for regained confidence.
  • Functional bite for comfortable eating, speaking, and smiling.
  • Superior stability due to integration with the jawbone.
  • Normal pressure sensation when biting and chewing, without the pain associated with damaged teeth.
  • Long-term comfort and convenience, with no need for frequent adjustments or replacements.

Sarah after successful dental implants

Understanding Implant Surgery and Recovery

Implant Surgery – What to Expect

We won’t lie. Surgery to place implants causes mild to moderate discomfort for most patients.

Yet, modern dentists use advanced protocols to maximize care and comfort, including:

  • Local anesthetics to numb surgical sites pre and post-procedure.
  • Laughing gas for relaxation during treatment.
  • Prescription anti-anxiety and pain medication.

While you’ll likely feel:

  • Pressure and vibration during drilling and placement.
  • Soreness around incisions once the anesthesia wears off.

It’s completely normal to feel some pressure and vibration during the implant placement. We expect these sensations to be temporary.

Dentists plan the procedure carefully. They aim to make it quick and comfortable. It can help if you’re very nervous or have long surgeries.

It can help you relax or even fall asleep. This is a good option if the procedure will take a while.

Doctors manage pain and anxiety during surgery. Most patients describe the experience as:

  • “Tightness and tingling”
  • “Smooth”
  • “Forgotten once finished”

For your safety and comfort, please arrange for transportation after surgery. This is especially important if you opt for sedation. Our team will provide specific instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

See more: What Type of Sedation is Used for Dental Implants?

Healing and Recovery Milestones

The first days and weeks after surgery bring notable pain. There is also swelling as incisions mend.

Common experiences include:

  • 3-5 days of pain needing over-the-counter relief medication.
  • 1-2 weeks of puffiness around wounds.
  • 2+ weeks for complete closure of gums over implants.

As the implant integrates with the bone over the first 6 months, you may intermittently feel:

  • Mild bone soreness – especially with pressure.
  • Odd sensations from nerve rewiring.

Most patients describe tolerable pain. It rapidly improves in 5-7 days. There is minimal discomfort after that. Soft foods, lots of fluids, rest, and medication ease the journey!

See more: 4 Recovery Tips To Heal Faster After Dental Implants

Myths and Facts About Dental Implants

Let’s bust some common misconceptions that might hold people back from considering implants:

Myth: “Dental implants are only for young people.”

Fact: Age isn’t a barrier! Adults in good health can be excellent candidates for implants, regardless of age.

I often see older patients hesitate to consider implants, thinking they might be too old. But the truth is, age alone doesn’t disqualify someone.

What’s most important is your health and the state of your jawbone. Many adults in their 70s and even 80s enjoy successful implants!

Myth: “The procedure is extremely painful.”

Fact: Modern dentistry focuses on patient comfort. With proper anesthesia and pain control. Most patients find the experience easy to bear.

Myth: “Dental implants look fake.”

Fact: Custom crowns top the implants. They match your natural teeth in shape and color. Most patients love how natural their new smile looks!

Is Everyone a Candidate for Implants?

Dental implants can change lives. But, it’s important to make sure they’re right for you. Here are some things you and your dentist will talk about to find the best path for your smile:

  • Your Well-being: Your dentist wants to understand your health. Some conditions or medications might make things complex. Sharing helps them take the best care of you.
  • A Strong Foundation: Implants need a solid base in your jawbone to thrive. Even if things need a little boost, don’t lose hope – there are often ways to make it work!
  • Habits that Help: Smoking can sometimes make implants a bit trickier. Your dentist will be honest with you about how this might affect your journey.

Feeling unsure? Your dentist is your partner in this!

A good talk will help you understand your options. It will help you find a plan that makes you feel sure and excited about your smile.

Caring For Implants: Your Long-Term Partnership

Dental implants are very strong. But, they still need your care to shine! The great news is that caring for them is much like caring for your real teeth. You need to remember a few extra things:

Oral Hygiene:

  • Brush Twice a Day: Give your implants and all your teeth a gentle cleaning morning and night.
  • Floss is Your Friend: Get between the implant crown and surrounding teeth daily. Special implant flossers can make it a breeze!
  • Rinse Away: A swish of antiseptic mouthwash helps keep everything extra fresh.

See more: A Guide to Cleaning Dental Implants by an Expert

Professional Care:

  • Partner with Your Dentist: Regular checkups are key! They’ll give your implants a deep clean. They’ll also make sure everything is healthy and strong.
  • X-rays let your dentist peek beneath the surface. They ensure your implant and its foundation in your jawbone are in good shape.

Think of this care as an investment in your smile!

With a little effort, your implants could bring you joy for decades to come. Your commitment to dental health is a gift to yourself!

The Bottom Line: Are Implants Right for Me?

You are missing teeth or struggling with uncomfortable dentures. Dental implants could change your life. They offer a solution.

It looks natural and feels comfortable. It also restores your full smile function. Schedule a meeting with your dentist. You will discuss if implants are right for you.

Common Patient Concerns About Dental Implants

Pain: “Will the procedure hurt?” This is one of the most frequent questions I hear.

Modern anesthesia and pain management techniques ensure your comfort during implant placement.

You can expect to feel some soreness after surgery. But, most patients find it manageable with over-the-counter medication.

Cost: “Are implants too expensive?” Yes, dental implants can be expensive.

But remember, they can last for many years. They improve your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Many practices offer financing options to help make the cost more manageable.

Time: “How long does the entire process take?” The timeline varies depending on individual needs.

Yet, modern techniques have shortened the time. Now, many patients can enjoy their new smiles in a few months.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Expect During a Dental Implant?

During a dental implant, you won’t feel pain. The area is numbed with local anesthesia. Some patients may choose sedation dentistry.

It can make the experience more comfortable. You might feel pressure or some minor sensations. But, the procedure is usually not painful.

How long until dental implants feel normal?

After placing a dental implant, it may take a few weeks or months to feel completely normal. The initial healing phase might cause discomfort or sensitivity. It usually ends within a week or two.

The implant becomes part of your jawbone. This process, which takes about 3-6 months, makes the implant feel like one of your real teeth.

Are full dental implants comfortable?

Yes, full dental implants are generally considered comfortable once healed. They mimic natural teeth in both function and appearance.

Once healing ends and any initial discomfort fades. After that, they should feel natural and comfy in your mouth.

How do people feel after dental implants?

After getting dental implants, most people feel a big improvement. They can chew and speak. One can compare this to past conditions. For example, having missing teeth or wearing dentures.

At first, there might be discomfort, swelling, or bruising. But, these symptoms go away. In the long term, patients often report high satisfaction with their dental implants.

They note their stability and comfort. They also note the positive impact on their smile and oral health.

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Dr. Ronald Pham

Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, is a Doctor of Dental Surgery who graduated from the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry in 2015. With over 8 years of experience in general dentistry, he specializes in Dental restoration, Root canal treatment, and Dental implants…

Dr. Pham has restored the smiles of +2,000 patients and is committed to providing professional dental care focused on patient comfort. He achieves this by combining a welcoming space and state-of-the-art dental technology.

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