Acclimating To Dental Implants: Normal? Or Not?

How are you supposed to feel once you have your dental implants in place, restored, and you’re essentially done? Should your complete smile feel exactly like it used to? What if it doesn’t line up exactly with your expectations? Furthermore, what if you feel like something is wrong instead of right, even if you cannot quite put your finger on it? Since a complete smile with implants is now your new “normal” you have probably realized that you aren’t really sure about what’s normal and what isn’t anymore. Not to worry! You’ll find your footing very quickly and our Santa Rosa, CA team will help you get there.

They Feel A Little Funny At First

You may go home, once you have your dental implants restored, and realize over the next several days that your smile feels a little funny. You know that the prosthetics you have in place are your new teeth but they seem very foreign to you. This is perfectly normal. They’re not, after all, your actual teeth. Your body will most certainly adjust to the change. However, instead of getting upset or worried, remember to give yourself some time and you’ll be just fine!

You Keep Forgetting They’re Not Your Real Teeth

Don’t worry, you’re not going crazy or hopping back and forth through time. While some patients may find that dental implants and restorations feel strange, others may find that they adapt so quickly, they forget they have implants in place! This is also a normal experience. How quickly you grow accustomed to prosthetics depends on many factors, so just remember that everyone’s experience will be unique.

New Discomfort

Of course, you went through a bit of discomfort throughout your healing process after dental implant placement. At this point, however, once you have your permanent restorations in place and you’re done, you shouldn’t be developing any new discomfort. It’s not “normal.” If you find that you’re in pain or something feels bad, don’t hesitate to call us. We can either explain it or have you come in for a quick checkup.

Difficulty Chewing Or Speaking Comfortably

As mentioned, you may need to get used to your new smile for a few days. However, it’s not normal to have serious difficulty chewing, speaking, or using your smile in any other way. If you’re experiencing such a challenge, don’t come up with any rationalizations. Instead, simply give us a call! We’re here to find out what’s going on and to help!

Enjoy Your New Smile With Implants

When you have any type of concerns about your dental implants, remember that we are just a phone call away. Get in touch with us with your questions, so we may reassure you or schedule a visit! Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.