A permanent option to tooth loss is the popular restoration known as the dental implant. Dental implants resemble the function and appearance of your natural teeth, and continue to be a great way to replace one or more teeth in the smile. At Gallery 57 Dental, we understand how uneasy patients might be about undergoing a surgical procedure to replace missing teeth. Many patients are concerned about pain and discomfort. This is completely normal. With a consultation appointment at our practice, many patients will feel at ease about undergoing this procedure to enhance their smile and restore function and beauty. To understand the process and what is involved, our team has created a question and answer article for you!
Q: What is a dental implant?
A: A dental implant is often described as a replacement for a natural tooth root once a tooth has been lost or extracted. The implant itself is placed into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery, stimulating the bone of the jaw to grow around the implant. This process can take several months. Once this has occurred, the dental implant can be restored on the top.
Q: Is the placement of the implant painful?
A: During your surgical procedure, proper anesthetics and sedation will be used to ensure you are comfortable from start to finish. Our team encourages you to ask about the sedation methods available to help you choose one that fits your needs and levels of anxiety about upcoming oral surgeries.
Q: Is their pain after the dental implant procedure?
A: As with any surgical procedure, it is perfectly normal to experience discomfort and swelling for several days following the treatment. However, most patients find that this healing period is not nearly as painful or uncomfortable as they initially expected. Over-the-counter medication is all a patient typically needs to manage discomfort that might occur while also reducing swelling and inflammation. The healing process varies from patient to patient, but we do offer post-operative instructions for patients to follow closely to ensure a seamless progression and appropriate healing with a reduced risk of infection.
Consider dental implants for restoration of the smile
If you are dealing with tooth loss and want to learn more about the benefits of dental implants with the team at Gallery 57 Dental, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with our team in New York, NY to find out if you are a viable candidate. Call our office at 212.246.8700 to request an appointment with our team at 24 West 57th Street, Ste. #701.