What Do Dental Implants Feel Like? What You Need to Know

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If you are considering having one or more teeth replaced by dental implants, you should know you are making a great choice. Nothing else replaces missing teeth like this comprehensive option, because it gives you back the missing tooth’s sturdy foundation as well as the white part that you can see. 

So, if you are on the brink of choosing this option and wondering what your dental implants in Estero may feel like, keep reading – the answer should give you some peace of mind as you prepare for your tooth replacement. 

What Dental Implants Feel Like

Just like with any dental procedure, you may feel some soreness at the implantation site after your dental implants procedure. But over the long term, you shouldn’t feel anything at all. In fact, unlike non-implant retained dentures that may slip and slide around or cause blisters on the gums, dentures held in place by dental implants should feel as sturdy and strong as your natural teeth. 

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are able to provide such a natural-feeling replacement for missing teeth because they give you back the entire tooth from the root, up. The implant itself is a titanium post that replaces the missing root structure. Titanium is a material that is able to bond with bone. Over the course of 4 to 6 months, the post gradually heals together with the bone structure in a process called “osseointegration”. This fusion is what makes dental implants sturdier than any other option in tooth replacement. 

Once dental implants have healed, you can resume all your normal activities – including biting into that fresh apple or handful of nuts – without having to worry about your dental implant slipping around or falling out.  

If you are curious about dental implants and want to know whether or not you are a good candidate for this tooth replacement option, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your dentist. In many cases, dental implant treatment plans can be completed in just a few months. 

Meet the Dentist

Dr. Breanne Anderson works to provide excellent care for patients at Smile Rejuvenations of Southwest Florida. She received her dental doctorate at the University of Connecticut, and she diligently stays up-to-date on her continuing education to ensure that she remains at the cutting edge of the latest advancements in dentistry, including implant dentistry. To learn more about your dental team or to book an appointment, call the practice at (239) 300-2767.