Dental implants don’t hurt, but thinking they do comes from a myth that many people believe, once they start doing research online.
A lot of myths about dental implants are floating around. A couple include, “They’re expensive!” and, “They take a long time,” but all of these are relative. When it comes down to it, a skilled endodontist can usually offer dental implants that aren’t much costlier than the average bridge, don’t take much longer to heal and aren’t painful. Of course, all of these myths are subjective and depend on two factors: The patient and the endodontist.
With today’s state-of-the-art anesthesiology for dental surgery, a patient will only feel pressure during implant procedures — never pain. In some cases, sedation dentistry might be used in tandem with anesthesiology if the patient is particularly anxious about the procedure. Dental implants — a two-part procedure — aren’t actually as invasive as many people think.
At the first surgical appointment, small metal posts are implanted into the jawbone. Then the waiting game begins.
Three Months to Perfection
The time between the first post-implanting appointment and the second depends largely on the patient’s ability to heal. During this time, the gum tissue is healing around the post (don’t worry, a temporary false tooth is capped onto the post for comfort and aesthetics). Patients need to follow their dentist’s care instructions carefully to avoid infections, trauma and the like, but the instructions are pretty simple to follow.
At the next appointment, between eight and 12 weeks later, the final, permanent replacement teeth are affixed. Up to 12 weeks can sound like a long time, but bridges require three to six weeks in total, and some patients heal faster than others. Plus, during this window, many patients forget they’re even in the midst of dental implantation, since the temporary solution works almost as well as your natural teeth.
Patients might feel a little discomfort immediately following the first appointment, but it’s usually nothing a simple over-the-counter painkiller can’t cure.
The final myth is the cost. However, that’s something that only your endodontist can discuss with you, since every patient’s situation is different. Many dental insurance policies provide dental implant coverage, and many endodontist offices offer payment plans and financing.
Don’t assume dental implants aren’t in your budget, because you’d be surprised by how affordable they can be.
Ready to find out more about implants with a free consultation? Call Rocky Mountain Endodontics today to schedule your appointment and to discuss dental implants with a local professional who has performed scores of this popular, permanent surgery.