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What Does Having Dental Implants Feel Like?

April 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — cherrichdds @ 2:34 pm
a closeup of a dental implant model

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the name of the game. These posts are placed underneath the gumline, directly into the jawbone – and once fully healed, they function as tooth roots that can support a custom dental restoration. However, some patients are curious about receiving dental implants but aren’t ready to commit to the process since they’re not sure what having them will feel like. Continue reading below to learn more about dental implants and why you don’t have anything to worry about, as they feel perfectly natural.

Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?

Dental implants require a surgical procedure to be placed; however, this process is incredibly straightforward and has a recovery period of just a few months. And if you’re worried about pain, don’t be – the very first step is numbing your mouth, so you won’t feel any outright pain during the surgery.

As you recover, it’s expected to feel some discomfort, especially in the immediate days following the implant placement. But assuming you follow your recovery guidelines closely, this discomfort can be minimized, and you can ensure a smooth healing period and lasting success for your implants.

Will I Notice Dental Implants Once They’ve Integrated?

Since dental implants bond to your bone, they provide a remarkably stable foundation for the crowns, bridges, or whatever other type of restoration is affixed to them. These dental restorations will be custom-made for your smile using lifelike materials, and they’ll feel and function just like your natural teeth.

The dental implant posts themselves will permanently bond to your jaws, granting the same stability to your “new teeth” that your tooth roots previously provided for your natural pearly whites. You’ll be granted a significant portion of your original bite force, and you’ll be able to speak, chew, and smile with ease for years to come.

If problems arise with your implants, it’s possible you’ll feel them – such as if you begin to suffer from gum disease that compromises the tissue surrounding the implant posts. This might cause your implants to feel loose, and though implant failure is unlikely, it’s still possible. If you also feel pain around your implant posts, that’s a sign of an issue that requires professional intervention.

The bottom line is that dental implants are designed to look, function, and feel as close to your original teeth as possible. You can comfortably commit to the process knowing that you’re getting a top-of-the-line solution for your missing teeth that simply can’t be beaten.

About the Author

Dr. Cher Rich received her dental degree from the University of Texas at Houston Dental School and has proudly served families in the Houston area for several years. Her practice is thrilled to offer a wide range of premium restorative services, including dental implants. If you have any questions about the blog or dental implants, or you’d like to arrange a visit for yourself or a family member, feel free to contact Dr. Rich’s practice online or over the phone for additional information or assistance. Telephone: (281) 469 – 6281.

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