When a patient has lost some teeth, the dentist may recommend dental implants to replace them. The biggest question patients might have is: Does it hurt to get a dental implant? The overwhelming response to that question is “no”! If getting a dental implant were painful, then there would be plenty of evidence to support that contention since hundreds of thousands of implants are placed each year.

When patients are considering implants, but are concerned about the chance of feeling pain, the most important thing to always remember is this: the actual procedure to get a dental implant is most often done with the use of a local anesthetic injection to totally numb the area. This “total numbness” is why oral surgeons can emphatically say that getting a dental implant does not hurt.

Although the implant procedure itself is essentially painless, the “shot” to administer the local anesthetic can be a little bit uncomfortable. That discomfort can be a sharp sting, followed by pressure. But, both of these sensations are very short lasting. Some patients may feel some pressure during the implant placement, but this is usually not interpreted as “pain”.

As our doctors are fully trained in anesthesia and the use of IV sedation, any procedure that you may need can be done with IV sedation in the comfort of our office.

People looking to get teeth replaced are usually very concerned about missing teeth either due to difficulty chewing, the drifting of teeth, or esthetics. Dental implants offer a wonderful way to replace those teeth. And, the actual procedure to get those implants does not hurt!

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