Are you missing teeth? The good news is that we live in a time when you don’t need to settle for gaps in your smile. You have several different options when it comes to replacing your missing teeth, including dental implants. They are preferred by dentists and patients alike because of their many benefits, but what exactly do they feel like? Continue reading to learn more about how implants work and how they will feel after the placement procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are made from titanium, and they look like tiny screws. During the placement procedure, they are placed directly into the jawbone by a dentist. Ober the next few months, the implant will fuse to the supporting bone in a process known as ‘osseointegration.’ A permanent dental crown will be placed on the end of each implant. They are customized to be the exact size, shape, and color needed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. No one will even be able to tell that they aren’t your natural teeth.
How Do Tooth Implants Feel After Surgery?
After you have your dental implants place, you will notice some swelling and feel soreness, but you won’t be able to feel the implant in your bone. Any discomfort you are experiencing can be controlled using over-the-counter pain relievers and pain medication that has been prescribed by your dentist. Usually, discomfort peaks around 3 to 5 days after the procedure before it begins to subside fairly quickly.
How Do Dental Implants Feel After They Finish Healing?
After the dental implants have fused into your jawbone, they will feel just like the roots of your natural teeth. The bone will become a stable foundation for the crowns that they support. You may even find yourself forgetting that they are any different from your natural teeth.
Other tooth replacement options out there do not offer the same stability. They typically need to be relined, repaired, or replaced relatively periodically. One of the greatest benefits of dental implants is the fact that they allow patients to regain anywhere from 70% to 90% of their natural bite force. If you have struggled to eat certain foods in the past, this will no longer be a problem.
With all of the benefits of dental implants, it is no wonder that 3 million Americans have already chosen them as a tooth replacement option. You will have your smile back in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Trevor Peterson earned his dental doctorate from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Since then, he has received advanced training in both sedation and implant dentistry. If you are missing teeth, he would be happy to help restore your smile. To learn more about the many benefits of dental implants or to schedule a consultation at his office in Medford, OR, visit his website or call (541) 200-6747.