The idea of dental implants in Calgary seems great – until you start thinking about what’s involved.
One of the most common questions our Calgary dentists hears about implants is: Do dental implants hurt?
The question is a valid one. After all, this is a surgical procedure, sometimes requiring multiple surgeries, and surgeries tend to hurt.
If you want to know the truth about dental implants, read on!
Do Dental Implants Hurt? The Truth About Implant Surgery
First, it’s important to note that each person’s pain tolerance level is different. Your tolerance for pain is based on multiple biological and psychological factors.
So, do dental implants hurt? It depends. Most people experience some level of discomfort, particularly after the surgical procedure(s).
The reason for this is because of how the body reacts to all surgical procedures – as an injury. Therefore, an inflammatory response takes place. Subsequent swelling can cause some soreness.
Painful symptoms won’t be noticed during surgery as you’ll be under anesthesia. The local anesthesia can last up to 24 hours in some cases.
If necessary, you can take over-the-counter pain medications or one prescribed by your Calgary dentist. After a few days, the discomfort will begin to subside.
Rest assured – before, during, and after your procedure(s), the Nosehill Dental team will do all they can to keep you comfortable and pain-free.
Are Dental Implants in Calgary Worth It?
Dental implants from a Calgary dentist can help you in so many ways.
They can help you feel more confident when you smile. They even your bite so that other teeth aren’t taking the brunt of the bite force. That means you’re less likely to endure cracks or fractured teeth.
Dental implants also prevent your other teeth from shifting to fill in the gap left by the extraction. Shifting can result in bite issues, including TMJ disorder, damage to other teeth, speech difficulties, and more.
Another benefit: Implants promote the health of your jawbones. When a tooth is removed, the bone has nothing to anchor to and will start to recede. An implant keeps the jawbone in place, which is ideal for the health of your other teeth, as well as aesthetics. A full jawbone makes you look more youthful.
Implants are also a long-lasting solution. They look, feel, and function just like normal teeth – and they can be incredibly easy to clean.
Dental Implants in Calgary – What You Can Expect
One way the Nosehill Dental team keeps their patients comfortable is with education. The more education you have, the more peace of mind you’ll experience.
Here’s what you will experience along your dental implant journey.
During this appointment, your Calgary dentist will:
- Determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants
- Evaluate whether you need a bone graft
- Create a detailed treatment plan and timeline
Extraction (If Necessary)
In cases of infection, it may be necessary to extract the tooth/teeth and allow some healing time before placing an implant.
Bone Grafting (If Necessary)
If you don’t have enough bone, does that mean you aren’t eligible for dental implants in Calgary? Not necessarily, as an oral surgeon can perform a bone graft. Bone from your body, a cadaver, or bovine bone is typically used. It will take a few months to heal and for the bone to integrate before an implant can be placed.
Dental Implant Placement
During this surgical procedure, your dentist will place the dental implant into your jawbone and stitch your gum tissue closed. It can take up to a couple of months for the implant to integrate with the bone.
Dental Crown Impression
After you’ve healed, your dentist will place a small opening in your gum tissue to attach an abutment to the implant. A dental crown will fit on top of the abutment. It usually takes about a week to heal from this procedure before an impression can be taken.
Dental Crown Delivery
Your dentist will send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate a custom dental crown. Once finished, your dentist will put the crown in, adjust the bite if necessary, and cement it. The process is now complete.
Why Your Calgary Dentist Is Insistent on Patient Education
The team at Nosehill Dental is all about patient education. At every appointment, you’ll learn something new about your procedure, why it’s being done, the pros and cons, etc. Even at your dental cleaning appointment, a high priority is placed on education about gum disease and proper brushing and flossing techniques.
The reason so much emphasis is placed on education is that we believe each person has the right to access dental solutions that are best for their personal needs. You are an important part of the dental team.
When you know more about dental implants in Calgary, for example, you can go into your procedures with confidence. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you made the right decision – and that it was just that, your decision.
Are dental implants right for your unique needs? Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.