One of the best ways to cope with any form of anxiety, is by bracing yourself for what is to come. For instance, if you’re scared of getting a flu shot, it will help you to know that the prick only lasts a second and then the pain is over. And when it comes to things like dental implant procedures, it can be difficult to know exactly what you’re preparing for and what to expect. Ease your dental anxiety by understanding the following things about dental implants.
What’s the Procedure Like?
The dental implant procedure is a fairly lengthy one— spanning across three to four months. During your initial visit, your dentist will likely pull a tooth that has been infected and looks like it’s hard to save. Once your mouth has healed for a few weeks after the tooth has been pulled, you will go into the office for the actual implant procedure. During this procedure, a metal rod or post will be inserted into your gums, acting as a sort of dental root. This will need to heal for a good two-three months until your next visit. ONce it has healed properly, your dentist will then insert a dental crown on top of the post— the dental crown is what actually looks like a tooth and will act as your tooth.
Is it Painful?
Due to the complexity of the dental implant procedure, parts of it can be painful but you will be given a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel the pain. However, after your tooth is pulled and after the implant has been placed, your mouth will be sore for at least a few days following. If you’re really concerned about the pain, ask your dentist to prescribe you a pain killer that will help you feel more comfortable.
As you can see, the dental implant process is quite complex and will take a few months to complete. However, by understanding exactly what you’re getting yourself into, you can help to ease any of your anxiety associated with the procedure.
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