Is the dental implant procedure painful?

Dental implants offer a way of restoring your smile as well as the full and uninhibited use of your mouth and teeth, following tooth removal through disease, accident, or injury. Using a replacement tooth to replicate your missing one, and a screw which acts as the root to hold the tooth in place, dental implants are unrecognisable once securely fitted and replicate the structure of your teeth to great effect – ensuring that you can eat, talk, and smile just like before.

As dental procedures can often cause concern and stress among patients, explaining and communicating the procedure and technique in full is an important part of the consultation process.

Fitting dental implants: the procedure

Our dental implants in Essex are a long-term solution to missing teeth, whether they have been lost through disease, injury, or an accident. The process for fitting dental implants involves a screw being embedded into the jaw, acting as a substitute root for the new tooth. The tooth structure can then be screwed in place, blending in with the existing alignment of your teeth.

But first, your dental consultant will undergo a full consultation and clinical check with you – making sure that you understand the procedure and that you are well suited to dental implants. This involves x-rays to establish that there is enough space for the implants to sit, and a discussion around things like cost and recovery time.

The procedure itself is then carried out under local anaesthetic, which serves to numb the treatment area and ensure that you do not experience any pain during the implant fitting. Though there may be some discomfort after the procedure and during your recovery, every step of the dental implant journey is designed to maximise results and minimise upheaval to you.

Are the results instant?

This is one of the most common questions we get – and the simple answer is that it depends on your individual response to the dental implant and how smoothly the fitting goes. In many cases, clients are able to walk away on the same day with brand new teeth in place – giving them our full “smile in a day” treatment.

In other cases, the installation of the dental implant requires some time to settle before the new tooth can be screwed in place. If this is the case, you will be invited to return at a later date.

Follow-up appointments will enable us to continue to monitor the progress of your implant and ensure that it has settled in place without issue.

How do I know if I need dental implants?

If you are missing a tooth, through disease, accident, or injury, then you could be the perfect candidate for a dental implant. Book a consultation with one of our dentists to see how we can help restore your smile.