Will It Hurt to Get a Dental Implant? By drednarcisi on August 14, 2023

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Are you living with missing teeth? We’re happy you’re considering dental implants because they offer a host of benefits that other treatments do not. If you’re wondering whether dental implant surgery is painful, you’re not alone. We hear this question quite a bit at my Monroeville, PA, dental office and we have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Getting Dental Implants Is Painful: A Common Misconception

Like root canal therapy, oral surgeries often get a bad rap. There’s something about treating our teeth and mouths that can make people anxious – especially if you’ve had a negative or painful experience in the past.

In reality, these procedures are not painful because doctors administer an effective local anesthetic before any type of treatment begins. While you might feel a brief pinch from the shot itself, once the medication begins working on the area, you’ll be completely numb. Local anesthetic works by completely blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. You might feel some slight pressure as your doctor is working but patients don’t usually describe the experience as painful.

If you’re still feeling nervous, have trouble sitting still for long periods, or have certain medical conditions, you might benefit from dental sedation. Speak with your doctor about the types that are available to you.

We Focus on Patient Education for a Pain-Free, Stress-Free Experience

We believe that ensuring a relaxing, pain-free experience starts from the very beginning. Patient education is paramount, especially in cases where a surgical procedure is involved. During a personalized consultation at our Monroeville office, we’ll begin by learning more about you and give you an opportunity to air all of your questions and concerns. Many patients report feeling more confident already after this initial meeting.

We Coordinate With Trusted Specialists in the Area

At The Center for Dental Excellence, we can coordinate dental implant planning and the creation and placement of your crown, bridge, or denture. For the actual implant surgery, we will refer you to a trusted local specialist.

We uphold the highest standards of care and only choose to work with like-minded professionals. This gives our patients peace of mind that they will receive the same caliber of care that they come to expect at our office.

Is Recovering from Dental Implant Surgery Painful?

Once the local anesthetic wears off, you may experience some discomfort after the surgery. Preemptively taking any over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications and anti-inflammatories can help to head off this effect. Your surgeon will provide detailed post-operative instructions to minimize discomfort in other ways too. Some tips might include using a cold compress on the cheeks and sleeping with your head elevated to minimize swelling.

Reach Out to Our Monroeville Office Today

If you have missing or damaged teeth, you’re likely no stranger to dental pain. Left untreated, you face deteriorating oral health. We understand surgery can sound scary, but it lays the foundation for a stronger, healthier smile and greater comfort for years to come.

Are you ready to learn more about how dental implants can improve your quality of life? We have all the resources you need and we’re excited to meet with you. Contact the Center for Dental Excellence today to request a consultation.

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Dr. Edward Narcisi, DMD

Edward Narcisi, DMD

Dr. Narcisi is devoted to helping patients achieve stunning, healthy smiles through comprehensive dental care. He is a member of many prestigious associations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 
  • Academy of Osseointegration 

To schedule a consultation at the Center for Dental Excellence, request an appointment online or call us at (412) 373-9447.

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