Not many people look forward to going to the dentist. It's scary and sometimes painful. Maybe not painful while the dentist is working on your teeth, but after, when the anesthesia wears off. Sometimes there are longer lasting effects from a procedure that take a lot of getting used to, like braces for example. How about dental implants? This is a big procedure, so how does it feel afterwards?
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are anchors implanted directly into the bones, either the jaw (mandible) or the maxillary bones (the bones that hold your top teeth) and topped with crowns that look and act like your original teeth. The teeth are installed individually where the normal gomphosis (individual tooth joint) occurs.
Immediately After Implants
Shortly after the procedure, after the anesthesia wears off, there is going to be a lot of soreness. This is due to the fact that you just had the bones in your face drilled into and hardware implanted into the hole. That's going to hurt. Swelling and injured tissues start healing at this point, this is always painful.
Down the Road
So what about after the tissues have healed and you have been using your implanted teeth regularly, how does that feel? It shouldn't feel out of the ordinary, in fact you should not have a whole lot of feeling. The nerve that ran through your real tooth is no longer there to give you any problems and any sensory nerves in the area don't get a lot of stimulation from chewing. So you really shouldn't notice anything once the original trauma has healed.
There are circumstances, however, when you will feel your implant even after the tissue should have healed. If the implant sticks out from the facial bones too far, it can interfere with mastication (chewing) and you will feel the effects of this. Other problems you may feel include; infection and incomplete healing, a fracture of the crown or implant itself, and any long lasting damage to the surround tissues that may have occurred during surgery.
In truth, dental implants are very successful and pain free in the majority of cases. Although you will feel some pain post surgery and you will feel something if there is a complication, which is rare. Often, however, complications can be remedied and you will be left with no pain and a functioning tooth. For more information, contact companies like Summit Oral Surgery.