Are you considering dental implants? If so, then you may be asking the questions ‘are dental implants safe; and ‘do they hurt?’ Let’s take a closer look…
Dental implants have evolved into the ‘go to’ treatment for teeth replacement but because they involve surgery, patients are naturally cautious about considering the procedure.
The good news is that dental implants have been in existence for more than 50 years, so the practice of fitting them and the construction of the implants themselves have been honed over time.
So are dental implants safe?
Let’s put it this way…the longest lasting implant currently stands at 49 years and is still going strong, so yes, they’re safe to fit. What’s more, because dental implant placement is meticulously planned, the time spent in surgery is kept to an absolute minimum, sometimes under an hour for a straightforward single implant.
But what about the pain? Does a dental implant hurt?
Due to the huge advances in technology, you may be surprised to know that the tooth implant procedure is painless since it’s carried out with a local anaesthetic often combined with dental sedation. As with most surgeries, you may experience a little discomfort and some swelling for a couple of days afterwards but this is easily managed with over the counter painkillers.
In fact. you should be able to get back into your daily routine with little inconvenience although we do ask that you switch to a soft diet for around 7 days. Once the entire dental implant process has taken place, all that’s left to do is to care for it in the same way as your natural teeth by brushing twice a day and flossing.
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It’s even more important with dental implants to keep to your scheduled six monthly check ups (or sooner) since this enables the dentist to monitor the health of your implant. If you experience any pain between check-ups then it’s vital to visit your dentist soonest so that he can treat any problems in their early stages.
To sum up, not only are dental implants safe but the pain, if any, if usually less than that associated with a tooth extraction. If you’re interested to find out more about dental implants and the best type for you, then come and speak to our team of experts at Supreme Dental Care. Call us today on (03) 8595 2628 to book a consultation.