It doesn’t take much of an imagination to conjure up brutal imagery of having a dentist bore a hole into your jawbone and insert titanium rods into it. However, this picture of dental implants is far from accurate, especially without one key ingredient is added: anesthesia. Take a look at how much discomfort you can expect from having dental implants placed and then find out just how big of a role anesthesia will place in ensuring your discomfort is kept to a minimum.
No Pain, Lots to Gain
One quick prick to your gums, and you won’t feel much else during your implant placement surgery. After that one prick of the needle, injecting a local anesthetic into the implant site, you won’t feel much more than a mild amount of pressure as your doctor worse to place your dental implants.
You won’t feel pain as your dentist’s lifts the gums. You won’t feel pain as your dentist bores pilot holes in your jawbone for the dental implants. And you won’t feel any pain as each of your titanium implants are inserted into your jawbone.
By the time your anesthesia starts wearing off, you’ll have already received your dental implants and will be on your way out of the office.
Keeping the Pain Away After Surgery
Expect a bit of discomfort, tenderness and swelling at the implant site over the next few days, especially the first couple of days. However, you’ll likely only need standard, over-the-counter painkillers to manage the pain post-surgery.
Beyond painkillers, there are a few other things you can do to minimize discomfort during the first few days after surgery:
- Ice the implant site to bring down the swelling
- Keep your head elevate to minimize blood pressure on the implant site
- Bite down on gauze to help the implant site clot
- Get plenty of rest to expedite healing
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