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Is Getting Dental Implants Painful? Find Out What To Expect Here

March 4th, 2021

Dental implants are widely considered to be the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, so it’s no wonder that around 5 million are placed each year. But while people love the natural look and feel they get from implants, it’s common to be concerned about whether the implant procedure is painful. Keep reading below to find out what you can expect from getting dental implants in Harris County and why it’s a lot easier than you might expect!

Does It Hurt To Get Dental Implants?

It’s understandable to see why getting a dental implant would seem painful, but the truth is that it’s easier than having a tooth pulled. An implant surgery usually takes 1 to 2 hours per implant, and the first step is making sure you’re completely numb so you won’t feel any pain. There are also multiple sedation options that make it possible for fearful or anxious patients to stay comfortable throughout their appointment. 

What Is Dental Implant Surgery Like?  

The process for getting dental implants in Harris County is spread out over several months. The first step is the surgery to place the implant itself (which is a titanium post) in the jaw. Here are the basic steps involved: 

  • After administering local anesthesia, a small incision will be made in your gum tissue. 
  • Then the implant will be placed in the jaw where the root of your natural tooth once was. 
  • Next, a healing cap is put over the implant to protect it over the next several months, and stitches are placed in the gums. 

Afterward, you can expect mild to moderate tenderness and swelling, which is easily managed with over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen. Many dentists recommend taking 1 to 2 days off from work to rest and recover. You’ll also get post-operative care instructions for how to care for the implant site. To help everything heal as smoothly as possible, follow these guidelines carefully and be sure to keep the area clean. 

Most of the healing from the initial procedure is complete in 7-14 days. From there,  the implant will be given between 3-6 months to integrate, or fuse, with the surrounding jawbone. Lastly, a custom-made crown will be made to match the shape and color of your natural teeth. Once it’s attached to your new implant, your new tooth will be complete.

Dental implants offer outstanding benefits after tooth loss and they’re one of the best investments you’ll ever make in your oral health. And now that you know the procedure is a lot less scary than it seems, you can move forward with confidence. 

About the Author

Dr. Alan Arrington is a dentist in Harris County who loves helping people achieve great oral health after tooth loss. As a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he has extensive postgraduate training in implant dentistry and provides outstanding care through every step of the procedure. If you’d like to know more about getting dental implants or have any questions, he can be reached via his website.  

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.