Are Dental Implants Painful?

Implants are an increasingly popular solution to tooth loss, one that we offer here at Litton Family Dental. As with any procedure, patients worry that the process will be painful. In this blog post, we’ll let you know what to expect if you’re thinking about implants.

hands holding and demonstrating a model of dental implants

What Are Implants?

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry describes an implant as an artificial tooth root. It is a titanium post that’s inserted into and bonded with the jaw bone. So long as the jaw is healthy, the implant provides a sturdy base to which a custom crown will then be attached. Implants provide a super realistic, natural looking replacement tooth.

Inside the Process

Implants have been successfully incorporated into modern dentistry over the last several decades, and the procedure is incredibly safe. The process generally takes four to six months. The first step of the process involves inserting the post into the jaw bone, which will then need to heal before the restoration can be attached. As with just about any procedure, anesthesia will be used, and patients can expect to experience minimal to no pain.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

So, now you know a little bit about the implant process. Thinking they might be right for you? Implants can be a fantastic solution for people who are missing one single tooth, several, or a whole mouth full of teeth. They offer a long term solution that looks completely natural. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime. Although implants are a revolutionary solution, they aren’t for everyone. People with certain chronic illnesses, severe gum disease, or low jawbone mass may not be good candidates for dental implants.

Wondering if implants can be the solution to your tooth woes? Talk to us here at Litton Family Dental. We can get you started on the process to implants, or help you with an alternative solution if implants aren’t for you. Give us a call today.

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