Every year, many people come to Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics to get implants from Dr. Michael O'Donnell, Dr. Courtney Wright, and Dr. Chris Farrugia. But how do dental implants in Rosa Beach, FL or DeFuniak Springs, FL, feel in your mouth? Will they feel natural, or will you always notice them in your mouth? Let's break down how these implants feel in your mouth to make it easier to understand them.
Implants Should Feel Natural
When you get implants, you'll notice something interesting about them right away: they feel and look like natural teeth. In other words, you won't "feel" an implant in your jaw like you might expect. Instead, the implant will be like your regular teeth: you don't feel them in your mouth unless you put pressure on them or if they experience pain or sensations due to decay problems.
Why is this the case? Implants don't attach to your nerves the way that normal teeth do. As a result, you don't feel them in your mouth. That said, you might notice some discomfort or an odd feeling in your gums for a brief period after installation. That's because your gums and jaw are used to not feeling anything where your tooth is missing and need some time to adjust to the implant.
What If You Do Feel Pain Around the Implant?
Your dental implants in Rosa Beach, FL, resist decay and plaque more strongly than regular teeth but can be affected by gum disease and cavities. As a result, you may experience some pain around the implant if you experience gum disease or receding gums. For example, receding gum lines could lead to exposed nerves around the implant that make your mouth sensitive to cold or heat when exposed.
As a result, if you feel any pain or sensation around the implant, you need to talk to your dentist or orthodontist right away. They can diagnose the root of the problem, such as spreading gum infections and other short- and long-term health issues. After finding this issue, they'll clean out the diseases, repair gum damage, and perform maintenance on your implant to keep it firmly within your jaw.
Take Care of Your Implant
If you notice any troubles with your implant and aren't sure where to turn, we at Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics can help. Dr. O'Donnell, Dr. Wright, and Dr. Farrugia can figure out what's bothering your dental implants in Rosa Beach, FL, and will do what they can to help. You can call our Rosa Beach office at (850) 622-5888 or DeFuniak Springs at (850) 892-2500 to learn more.