October 16, 2017
If you have missing teeth, the sudden gaps in your smile can feel strange. When you move your tongue around your mouth, it only finds empty spaces and the soft tissues of your unprotected gums.
When it comes to replacing your teeth, you may wonder how does it feel to have fake teeth in my mouth? Will they be similar to my natural teeth? These are common questions that your dentist hears, especially when discussing dental implants. If you’re considering getting dental implants, this post should help you better understand the process of getting new, implant-retained teeth and what they will feel like.
First off, dental implants are a great replacement option!
When patients think of the feeling of replacement teeth, they may think of dentures or other tooth replacement techniques that have a reputation for being uncomfortable. Unlike their slippery counterparts, dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, mimicking the natural tooth. This goes for the feeling, too.
How do dental implants feel when they’re placed?
Many patients are concerned about the implant placement process and how that will feel as well, which is completely understandable. Most people don’t rush to line up for oral surgery.
If you’re nervous about having your oral implants placed, you can rest assured that your dentist will use professional-grade local anesthetics to create the most comfortable experience for you. Sedation dentistry is also commonly used during oral surgery. Following your placement, you will be prescribed pain medication to help you cope with the healing process.
Does dental implant placement affect your speech or eating habits?
There are some patients that find in the initial days that follow your complete implant placement (meaning after your post is placed within your jaw, healed, and your abutment—dental crown or other prosthetic—is attached) there may be some discomfort that follows. This is a brief period that takes patients just a little while to get adjusted to.
After having missing teeth for so long, your mouth has to get used to having a real, natural looking and feeling tooth replacement once again. This is to be expected since you’ve made changes to the state of your mouth. Just keep in mind that it’s all for the improvement of your oral health and your smile!
If you’re considering getting dental implants, the feeling is one of the aspects that you least have to worry about. In fact, your dentist is here for you throughout the entire process.
Meet Your Doctor
Dr. Julie Valentine has been practicing dentistry for over 22 years—two decades of excellent dental care and experience! If you’re looking to replace teeth, she is the go-to dentist in Beverly Hills. In fact, her knowledge and continued education have allowed her to be one of many dentists that can actually place your dental implants—completing the whole operation from one practice! If you would like to speak to Dr. Valentine, feel free to give our Beverly Hills office a call.
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