If you’re suffering from missing teeth, dental implants are one of the best treatment options available. Missing or severely damaged teeth can take a toll on both your health and self-confidence. Whether you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can transform the health and appearance of your smile.

But many patients have questions and concerns about the process of getting dental implants. Are they worth it? Is the procedure painful? What is recovery like? We’re here to tell you all about dental implants, what to expect, and how we can ease any concerns you have about the process.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small screw-like post, which is generally made out of titanium or titanium alloy, that can be placed in the jawbone and act as a substitute for the root of a missing tooth. This post supports an abutment, which connects the titanium post to a custom-fabricated crown (or other dental restoration) that acts as the replacement tooth.

Dental implants can restore both the appearance and normal functioning of your teeth and jaw. They can be fabricated to look and feel exactly like your natural teeth, blending in seamlessly with your existing smile and helping to maintain or restore the structural integrity of your jawbone and teeth.

Is the procedure painful?

It’s not unusual to worry about pain during dental procedures, especially for those suffering from dental anxiety. However, you can rest assured that modern dental implants aren’t painful at all!

While the process of securing titanium to your jaw may sound intimidating, it’s important to remember that the surrounding jawbone has no nerve endings. Additionally, anesthesia will be administered to ensure that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

As a high-tech practice that specializes in providing extensive restorations with dental implants, we have the equipment, experience, and expertise to ensure that your implants are painless, long-lasting, and effective.

How sedation and anesthesia can help

At Smart Arches, we offer multiple highly effective and advanced sedation options to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the entire process, including IV sedation and general anesthetic. IV sedation is designed to put you in a relaxed, almost dream-like state. It’s usually combined with powerful local anesthesia to numb the area so you won’t experience any painful physical sensations.

The level of IV sedation you receive will depend on a number of factors, including the extent of your restoration, the number of implants, and your personal preferences.

With modern techniques, we can control the level of sedation to suit your needs. For example, a mild dose will simply help you relax while stronger doses will make you drowsy or allow you to sleep through the procedure. If you prefer (and if extensive work is required) we may recommend a general anesthetic so that you won’t be conscious during your procedure.

What is recovery like after getting dental implants?

Whether you get same-day implants or your mouth needs time to heal between stages, you may experience some minor discomfort in the first couple of days following your procedure.

In general, symptoms are minor and short-lived. You may experience one or more of the following for a few hours after your appointment:

  • Gum swelling and bruising
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Minor bleeding at the implant site

At Smart Arches, your comfort is our priority. In addition to the highly effective sedation and anesthesia we provide during your procedure, we’ll also give you detailed aftercare instructions and work with you to make sure your implant is successful. Typically, this means taking things easy and eating soft foods while the implant site heals.

In some cases, we may also recommend that you take over-the-counter pain medication for a few days following the implant procedure.

Are dental implants worth it?

If you’re wondering if getting dental implants is worth it, the answer is yes! Modern dental implants have a number of benefits that make them the ideal treatment for people with missing or severely damaged teeth.

Here are a few reasons why dental implants are definitely worth it:

  • They have an almost 100% success rate.
  • They’re a long-term treatment and can last a lifetime with proper care.
  • They look and function just like natural teeth.
  • They’re easy to maintain with normal dental care.
  • They improve your confidence and overall health.

Visit our dental implant specialists and restore your smile without pain!

At Smart Arches, we’re not just dentists who perform implant procedures — we’re implant specialists. This is what we do every single day. We’re committed to helping you restore the appearance and functioning of your smile and regain your confidence.

Your comfort and well-being is our top priority. We use the latest technologies and methodologies to reduce discomfort and pain and ensure you don’t just get great results but have a good experience as well.

Contact us online or call one of our convenient locations to schedule your FREE consultation today!