Is a Dental Implant Painful?

We live in an exciting time for dentistry because of all of the technological advancements that enhance care and provide new solutions to your smile. Dental implants are among that new technology, and they can offer excellent options to the right candidate. However, because dental implants are still so new, there are some misconceptions about the procedure — including the idea that an implant might be painful. If you have questions about dental implants, and whether they would be right for you, read on — or call the experts at Advanced Dentistry to learn more.

What is a dental implant?

At its most basic, a dental implant replaces the root of your tooth and includes a crown to replicate your tooth. Dental implants are meant to be permanent fixes for missing teeth — and to support your smile and the teeth that remain. Implants are designed to fuse to your jawbone, making them secure, long-term solutions with a high success rate when properly cared for. The crown is designed to look just like the tooth that was there, meaning that your dental implant will not be noticeably different from the rest of your natural teeth.

When are dental implants used?

Dental implants can be good options for anyone with healthy gums and enough bone to secure the implant. Typically, a candidate for oral surgery or tooth extractions would also be a candidate for a dental implant.

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. In some cases, multiple implants can be used to replace several missing teeth in a row. Your remaining natural teeth help secure the dental implant, and the implant supports your natural teeth — making for a highly effective pairing.

If you are unsure about bridgework or dentures, dental implants can provide an excellent alternative. Dentures require extra maintenance and cleaning, and they can slide around in your mouth, causing discomfort, embarrassment, and slurred speech. Dental implants are the most natural-looking and feeling solution for missing teeth. Don’t be surprised if you forget that your dental implant isn’t your natural tooth — it’s that comfortable and accurate.

What is the process for getting a dental implant?

Before you receive a dental implant, your dentist will work with other professionals to determine the best possible treatment plan for your dental health. Everyone is different, and personalized care will help aid your recovery — and the success of the procedure. Your team will help you understand what needs to happen and address your expectations every step of the way with excellent communication.

When your team identifies a dental implant as the best course of action, the first step includes placing a titanium post into the socket of your missing tooth. Healing from this step takes no more than three months, as the bone grows around the implant root, securing it in place.

Once your healing is complete, your dentist will connect an abutment to the root. The abutment will connect the crown to the root, seamlessly holding everything together. The crown is designed to match your smile perfectly, including the color and shape of your teeth. Everything will look as natural as possible.

You will need to care for your dental implant in exactly the same way you care for your other teeth. Brush and floss twice a day, and rinse with mouthwash. Schedule and attend regular visits to your dentist to ensure the success of your dental implant — and the health of your entire mouth.

How much pain is involved with a dental implant, and how do I deal with it?

Because of the involved process, many people might assume that a dental implant is extremely painful. However, that simply is not the case. Dental implants are no more painful than any routine oral surgeries or tooth extractions. Since the team who places the implant will be using local anesthesia, you will remain comfortable throughout the procedure. If you feel anxious about the process or are nervous when undergoing dental care in general, just let us know — we can help.

After the initial procedure of a dental implant, when the root is placed in the jawbone, some patients do report tenderness. However, this discomfort is mild, and can be addressed easily with over the counter pain medication — no need for risky opioids.

All in all, dental implants are excellent solutions for the right patient. The most pain you’ll experience is regret at not getting the process done sooner. There’s nothing worse than feeling unsure about your smile because of one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are a great way to take back and restore your smile, which will give you renewed confidence in every facet of your life.

Are you ready to schedule an appointment to begin the dental implant process? Call Advanced Dentistry today at (614) 399-9381 — we’re ready to help you smile!

The Ins and Outs of TeethXpress™

Patients wearing traditional full dentures in their smile may have a variety of complaints. They may feel uneasy about enjoying their favorite foods, or they may worry about dental adhesives not performing correctly and causing their false teeth to fail during social situations. Patients may also deal with reduced taste from palate coverage. Instead of dealing with these common issues, the team at Advanced Dentistry encourages patients in the area of Hilliard, OH to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Blank to discuss the possibility of switching to TeethXpress™ dentures.

What is TeethXpress™?

TeethXpress™ is a revolutionary way to achieve better functionality of dentures by integrating dental implants into treatment. With TeethXpress™, our dentist uses titanium dental implants to quickly and permanently secure the denture to the jaw. These implant-supported dentures are desirable because they do not cover the palate while still providing the stability and strength that occurs with natural teeth. Patients can eat what they want, smile when they laugh, and feel confident with their appearance when making a first impression to others.

What are the benefits of TeethXpress™ over traditional dentures?

There are many advantages to this implant-retained denture. This solution is advantageous to patients because it is a solution that prevents jaw bone loss and allows patients the opportunity to achieve completely natural function for eating, talking, and other activities without any fears of slippage. Patients are confident in social situations and can eat the foods they may have given up with traditional dentures, such as apples or steak. TeethXpress™ dentures are the best solution for patients replacing the upper, lower, or both dental arches of the smile.

What can I expect from my TeethXpress™ dentures?

There are so many benefits to the fabrication and use of TeethXpress™ dentures. Many of our patients report:

  • The ability to enjoy all their favorite foods with less limitations
  • Improved speech
  • No more slipping or loss of dentures that are embarrassing in social situations
  • Improved self-confidence when socializing with others and eating their favorite foods
  • No more messy dental adhesives needed to keep full dentures in place
  • The ability to maintain the natural bone by eliminating dental resorption
  • A more youthful appearance with maintained bone

By eliminating the stress and concerns of traditional dentures, patients who have restorations such as TeethXpress™ will enjoy a better quality of life each and every day!

Who is a candidate for TeethXpress™?

Most adult patients who are missing some or all of their teeth may be considered appropriate candidates for TeethXpress™. Men and women can be evaluated by their dentist to decide if this treatment is right for their smile. During the evaluation with Dr. James Blank, patients in Hilliard, OH can have their smile assessed by a qualified provider. Patients can take this time to ask any questions they may have about this procedure and speak to an experienced professional about the steps needed to achieve their new smile.

What is the process of obtaining TeethXpress™ dentures?

Patients who are faced with complete or almost complete tooth loss can book a consultation visit with our TeethXpress™ provider, Dr. James Blank of Advanced Dentistry. During this visit, he will evaluate the structure of the jaw bone to ensure the dental implant procedure is successful. High-quality dental implants are placed along the dental arch to offer a strong and stable foundation for these custom-made denture patients. Patients consult with their doctor on how they want their new smile to look and can play a direct role in the beauty of their false teeth. Within one day, patients can be smiling with their new dentures!

Is obtaining TeethXpress™ dentures painful?

The placement of dental implants is done during a special oral surgery procedure in the practice of Dr. James Blank. Patients do not experience discomfort during this treatment because our team utilizes local anesthetics and sedation to ensure patients are at ease and comfortable throughout their oral surgery. Afterwards, patients may experience some slight discomfort that can be managed with the use of over-the-counter pain medications. Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within a day or two as the dental implants heal.

How long do the dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, many of our patients find that their dental implants will stay successfully in place for many decades. However, it is still important for patients with TeethXpress™ dentures and other restorations to visit their dentist every six months for an evaluation to monitor for signs of problems including periodontal disease and tooth decay. These issues can impact the health of the smile and cause concerns with the placement and stability of the dental implants in the bone.

Schedule a consultation appointment with our TeethXpress™ provider!

Dr. James Blank of Hilliard, OH is excited to provide TeethXpress™ as an option for patients who are restoring their smile following extensive tooth loss. If you are considering this method of restoration, we welcome you to request a consultation visit with our team by calling our front office at (614) 399-9381. Our practice is conveniently located at 5491 Scioto Darby Road and encourages new patients and families to seek treatment in our state-of-the-art dental facility.