Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2007 - City, State
So a few weeks ago I was eating, bit down and heard a crunch almost. Right after realized my tooth was loose. Went to a dentist the next day and she said it had cracked off and she would have to pull it. I apparently had a cavity that was on the back and went into the gum. So I had it pulled that day, which was not fun at all. Now I have a flipper, which is a temp tooth to fill in the gap. I’m trying to find another dentist, because the one who pulled it I didn’t care for. I have an appointment coming up in Feb to discuss doing an implant since it’s the front side tooth. My questions:
1.) Have you had an implant done near front? If so, is the procedure painful at all?
2.) How is recovery after? And would you do it again?
thanks everyone! Just trying to get prepared.
Post # 2
i did not have it done but my grandfather went through the process recently for a front tooth. He’s an elderly man with a heart conditon, so he couldn’t have the regular sedation done on him but he came out of it just fine with local anesthetic. Pain afterwards obviously but the pain meds they gave him helped a lot. He’s happy with the result.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2007 - City, State
Thank you. I will be awake for it I’m sure. Just the needle to numb it all. I’m hoping to hear it isn’t painful. Thanks for letting me know his experience.
Post # 4
I have 4 implants:three done a few years ago when they still did a two step process months apart; one done recently when it is only a few weeks between procedures. I never needed anything stronger than Ibuprofen with any of them.
Post # 5
I not only have an implant but I used to be an oral surgeon assistant and helped with implants. I know the front upper can be tricky because of the risk of getting into the sinus cavity but I’ve never seen it happen. The mouth is the quickest healing part of your body. I’d get an implant again in a heartbeat.
Post # 6
YES, there will be pain depending on your threshold for it. Most people are fine with OTC painkillers. Dental implants are well worth the trouble and the pain in comparison to a false tooth where they file down the teeth on either side and in comparison to a cap. I highly recommend them compared to anything else you could get instead.
Post # 7
Going through something similar. So following with interest. Dentist and online sources have such a mix of opinions. I’m trying to decide wether to have one now or wait a while to see if there are any changes.
Post # 8
I’m in the process of getting one… I have an appointment tomorrow morning to get the titanium post put in my gum.
I had a root canal done about 10 years ago and the dentist broke off part of an instrument and left it in my tooth. Nobody ever told me about it. It was only discovered a couple years ago after I went to other dentists and they told me it’s on the x-ray. They said it looked infected, etc.
I’m worried about the stitches part after because it was painful getting the tooth removed and having stitches. He attached the stitches on my gum to my lower inner cheek which hurt whenever I ate, moved my mouth or talked.
All I know is implants are expensive and insurance only covers about 50%. And it takes about a year and a half for the whole process.
Post # 9
I have one in (I think) the cuspid area, so I can’t comment on having one in the front. However, I was amazed by how little pain I had. There was actually basically no pain and just a tiny bit of discomfort/”awareness” if that makes sense. I would definitely do it again!
Edit to add: I think I had nitrous during the procedure to cut down on anxiety!
Post # 10
Both of my lateral incisors are implants.
It’s not painful during the procedure in my opinion but I have a high pain tolerance for dental work strangely enough and they just did some local freezing. it was more painful during the recovery.
I would absolutely do it again because they look great (I had them done when I was young- was born without them and then had temporary ones until I was 18 when they did the permanent ones).
I’ve had them 10 years now. Only issue is a receding gum on one of the implants which is apparent more common with implants.
Only other issue is constant recurring nightmares about my implants falling out. ha ha ha. My dentist reassures me that they are stronger than your real teeth.
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts
I don’t have an implant, but I do have a crown on my front tooth. It broke in half when I was young and I had it bonded for 20 years. It was so gross looking so I opted for the crown this time. My dentist said it would last much longer than doing new bond. That didn’t hurt at all and my dentist had the machine to create the crown the same day! They just stuck the needle in my face lol.
My mom does have a few implants, but not on the front. They knock her out because she has such an intense fear of the dentist. She didn’t really have much pain though, and she just took Tylenol if it was achy.
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2007 - City, State
Thanks everyone. This makes me feel a lot better about the procedure.
How did it go today?
Post # 13
I have dental implants, as I’m missing both of my lateral incisors just like maritabee33. I had to have a bone transplant done because of the bone receding due to not having teeth there from about age 10 or so until 17 (when my jaw stopped growing and they’d let me have the surgery). Honestly, the bone transplant was the worst, but you shouldn’t have to have that done (don’t let this wait too long!).
The surgeries weren’t that bad – the initial shots to numb my gums for the surgery was the worst part (somewhat painful pinching sensation). After that, typical healing pain – itchiness if they give you stitches and maybe codeine for the pain.
I love my transplants and have had no issues with them other than a bit of gum recession. When they finally put the crowns on and I was actually chewing/biting with the implants, I could feel it up in my sinuses, but once I got used to it, it’s just like having regular teeth. I’ve had my implants and crowns for 17 years now – no problems at all. I would totally do this again and recommend it over a typical bridge.
Post # 14
It was alright. I just hate going to the dentist and getting all those injections, plus the drilling… I’m supposed to let it heal for 4 months before I can go to the final step of the actual implant tooth. This was just the metal post.
I probably wouldn’t want to do this again unless it was in a visible area. This was my last molar in the back which does affect my chewing and bite, but really it wasn’t essential to get the implant. And I didn’t enjoy the process lol. Plus it’s expensive.
You have to have antibiotics after. He also gave me Peridex mouth rinse, and only Motrin for the pain.
Post # 15
My two front teeth are fake finally after years of capping them I finally just got whole tooth replacements. I have root canals in both teeth which was the worst part I was in pain for a few days and on a liquid diet.
As far as the actual tooth replacements, they drill down and put an anchor of some sort in your gum to attach the new tooth to. The drill part I didn’t love because I’m not very sensitive to novacaine but once they got the right dosage I didn’t feel a thing. They set me up with fake temp teeth and then replaced those with the real ones a few weeks later.