What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a type of dental restoration featuring a special screw placed directly into the jawbone. The screw is generally made of titanium, which has unique properties allowing it to couple very closely to human bone as the jaw heals after the procedure.
The tight bond between the implanted screw and the material around it makes it the ideal choice to anchor a dental restoration. That usually comes in the form of a bridge, a set of artificial teeth. Smaller bridges contain only 2-3 artificial teeth, while the largest replace a whole dental arch.
Since a dental implant creates a strong bond, it is a great alternative to dentures for some people. You won’t have to worry about traditional dentures and all the inconveniences they might cause. An implant ensures your replacement teeth can never slip and don’t require adhesive.
Does a Dental Implant Hurt?
Getting a dental implant is a form of surgery, and there may be limited discomfort in the jaw in the first few days following the procedure. You will generally be provided with pain-relieving medication and given instructions how to reduce discomfort and care for your teeth.
After this brief period, there is no long-term pain associated with a dental implant. You will be able to chew and speak normally, including eating “problem” foods like apples and corn on the cob, all without having to be concerned about the state of your replacement teeth.
Although initial healing from a dental implant takes several weeks, you do not feel pain during this time. Your dentist will review x-rays of your jaw before the artificial teeth are anchored into your mouth. After that, your implant is intended to remain in place for life and should be problem-free.