Dental implants are designed to look, feel and function just like natural teeth. It’s why they’re the long-term dental restoration of choice for so many patients and a great option for you too if you’re interested in restoring your smile.
But are you concerned with how the implants will feel after they’re placed? You wouldn’t be the first to ask that question. A little background on how dental implants work and what you can expect as you go through the healing process can help you decide if they’re right for you.
The Purpose of an Implant
Whether you’re interested in the cosmetic benefits or the ability to chew your favorite foods again, dental implants are an attractive option. The surgery itself has a high success rate — 95 to 98 percent of procedures prove successful for 40 to 50 years or more. It’s a long-term investment in your oral health and your appearance.
After the Procedure
Since placing implants is a surgical procedure, you will feel some discomfort once the initial anesthetic wears off. Your oral surgeon will prescribe pain medication, and you should feel mostly better between day 10 and day 14.
If you still feel pain after this time and it’s getting worse or you develop a fever, you could have an infection. While rare, it’s a complication you should watch for. Call your oral surgeon right away if you notice these symptoms.
As You Heal
As the months go by, your gums will heal and you’ll start realizing how effective and sturdy your dental implant truly is.
It’s normal to run your tongue over the area, and it’s typical for patients to feel like there’s a foreign object in their mouth, especially if you had no teeth in that area before. But as time goes on, you’ll get used to seeing your complete smile in the mirror and you’ll enjoy your new chewing power, so you’ll soon forget you even have an implant.
Watch for Warning Signs
In rare cases, patients may have numbness or tingling — a potential sign of nerve damage. Or the implant could fail to fully bond with the jawbone and remain loose. A prosthetic tooth that’s a bad fit could cause pressure in the mouth. If you notice any signs that your implant isn’t fitting or functioning right, call your oral surgeon for an exam.
Trust the Professionals
At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we’ve been successfully placing dental implants for years. We’re highly trained to shape, fit and secure your new prosthetic so you can get your complete smile back. We give you detailed guidelines for at-home care and we closely monitor your healing process. You can trust our team with this important investment in your oral health — we’re here for you.