If you are missing one or more teeth, you'll understand how a gap in your smile can compromise many areas in your life, such as chewing, eating, speaking, and feeling confident about your appearance.
Additionally, a missing tooth can lead to further tooth loss because neighboring teeth tend to shift towards the gap and impact the alignment of your teeth.
For patients seeking a permanent tooth restoration, White Park Dental offers dental implants.
Dental implants are different than dental bridges and dentures. While they all seek to replace missing teeth, only dental implants go beyond the gumline to anchor with the jawbone. This process requires surgery and months of healing to restore your tooth fully. It's understandable for patients to be concerned with the amount of pain they might feel.
How Painful Are Dental Implants?
The actual surgery itself is not painful. Many our Concord patients have expressed surprise at how painless it is. Before we start, Dr. Kristen Harvey will administer a local anesthetic. Patients will not feel any discomfort as the entire area is numb.
Additionally, for patients who might have dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to help them relax and feel comfortable. We may provide pain medication to help with any pain after the anesthetic wears off.
What Happens After Dental Implant Surgery?
You heal! There may be some tenderness after the surgery, but nothing pain relief medicine cannot manage. To help with the healing process, we recommend:
- Avoid straws for 24 hours after the surgery.
- Don't be startled by minor swelling for the next few days.
- Rinse with salt water three to four times for a few days.
- Enjoy a liquid diet for the first 48 hours.
- Avoid smoking—it hinders the healing process.
- Use over-the-counter pain relief.
Learn More About Dental Implants in Corncord
Call your Concord, NH dental office today to schedule your dental implant appointment.